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    Basically i have an old desktop computer, AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Barton etc etc etc... which several years ago was top of the line... now its well... crap.

    theres 2, 1TB Samsung SATA II HDDs sitting inside it which are being pretty useless.

    i was originally going to install ubuntu onto the desktop and mess about making it a media server / time machine for my macs. but for some reason i can't get ubuntu to install on it, tried quite a few different things so have given up on that idea (although if somebody's willing to help me sort it out i don't mind going through the process all over again)


    Anyway, so now i'm thinking about just throwing the two HDDs into a NAS enclosure and having a lovely big bit of storage on the network which is badly needed as my current laptop is overflowing with stuff. Does anybody have any recommendations? is this a sensible road to go down?
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    Yep get an empty NAS box or maybe use FreeNAS on the desktop if you dont mind fiddling around a bit?
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    ok if i do go the NAS route... i'll probably get either a
    d link dns320
    or a
    zyxel nsa 221

    as they seem to be the most popular cheap enclosures our there...
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    Going down the buying a NAS route is going to be easier and propbably overall cheaper in the long run as a NAS system is going to use less power.

    You may want to consider how you configure the disks. With two disks you generally get three options:
    Raid0: Striping - Most space but if one disk fails you loose all your data.
    Raid1: Mirroring - You only half the total space (so for 2x1T disks you only get 1T) but if one disk fails there's a backup copy so you don't loose anything
    JBOD: Just a Bunch of Disks - The system should see two different disks. If one disk fails you loose what's on that disk but the other disk isn't affected.

    Personally I'd stay clear of Raid0 unless you don't care about the data.
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    (Original post by mfaxford)
    Going down the buying a NAS route is going to be easier and propbably overall cheaper in the long run as a NAS system is going to use less power.

    You may want to consider how you configure the disks. With two disks you generally get three options:
    Raid0: Striping - Most space but if one disk fails you loose all your data.
    Raid1: Mirroring - You only half the total space (so for 2x1T disks you only get 1T) but if one disk fails there's a backup copy so you don't loose anything
    JBOD: Just a Bunch of Disks - The system should see two different disks. If one disk fails you loose what's on that disk but the other disk isn't affected.

    Personally I'd stay clear of Raid0 unless you don't care about the data.
    yeh i've put freenas on it at the moment, and while i like all the extra stuff i can do it that i wouldn't necesarily be able to do with a standard NAS enclosure, i feel it is using a hell of a lot of electricity.

    yeh raid1 is how i had them set up in my computer before. my hdds seem to have a tendancy to fail at really irritating times!
 
 
 
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