Wanting to start up NAS...I think

Hey guys I think im wanting to start up a NAS in my house. I've been reading up on it a but and from what i gather it seems really simple and would just like come clarification.
So first of all i buy a NAS thing...hotukdeals.com/dea…322 im thinking this? Any cheaper ones would be appreicated.
Once i've bought one of those, its as simple as plugging it into my router then transfering files to the storage device which then can be accessed by all the computers/laptops in my house?

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That's about it. Think about how much storage you may eventually need. My server has 8tb

May be worth getting a 2 or 4 bay nas, or even look at building a Windows home server server. Mine cost about 110 pounds without storage

Original Poster

Cheers for the replies guys.
All im really wanting it for is so that i can download a load of movies and be able to let my dad access them on his laptop even when my computer is turned off, so i think that rules out the windows home server?

I've got a D-Link 323

Perfect little 2 bay NAS, cost me £40.

Whacked 2x 2TB drives and use RAID 0 so it appears as just one big 4TB drive.

For media storage, it's fantastic. It'll max out a 10/100 network both up and down, will each around 28-30 down and 18-20 up on a gigabit network.

All if you want is some way to share media, perhaps a printer also across the network.. Then something like that is perfect and reletively cheap.

I use the D-Link 323 now, keeping my server based PC off most of the time and only used for backup purposes.

You can go for more expensive and faster NAS devices from manufacturers like QNAP, depends if that's worth it to you. Or even a server.

I personally think it would be insane to outlay on a QNAP type device currently, as the prices are due to fall through the floor. So be aware, you'll loss quite a bit of dosh in terms of resale value.

2TB drive capacity as reached reasonable levels in terms of cost, NAS storage is becoming far more popular and all manufacturers external drives will feature an eternet connection over the next 6-12 months. Rather than just a select few models.
Edited by: "spritey" 14th Apr 2011

build you own & install freenas

i managed to build a decent server with cheap parts for £300. Thats a RAID5 2.6tb box (4x 1Tb drive). There is still room for another 4 drives in there aswell should I need to add another array.

Some of the off the shelf NAS boxes can only cater for 2Tb drives.

ehpablo

Cheers for the replies guys.All im really wanting it for is so that i can … Cheers for the replies guys.All im really wanting it for is so that i can download a load of movies and be able to let my dad access them on his laptop even when my computer is turned off, so i think that rules out the windows home server?



My computer is turned off when I access files. The server is on though. It's basically a low powered atom based pc, with no mouse, no keyboard and no monitor, running WHS as the OS. I've got an energy efficient psu in it, I keep meaning to buy a power usage monitor to test it, but I don't think It's much more than a nas. And I have 6 hard drives in it

Original Poster

I thought the home server was something that got installed onto my pc allowing others to be able to access my media, but im clearly missing something because i just described the network as it currently is lol

But then still if I got WHS, i would need an old system to put it on that would be the media storage unit, but i currently dont have an old PC to put WHS on.

Edited by: "ehpablo" 14th Apr 2011

Like I said in my post earlier my server is an atom based pc. You don't want an old pc, you can build a new one especially for it (like I did) for about 130 pounds without storage
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