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#1 Mindovermaster

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 16:20

I need a new NAS, because I have 2 x 320GB WD Blue drives that are sitting around, doing nothing. Would love to make them another backup option, but I am out of SATA ports on my PC. With my 1.5 TB, 500GB, 90GB SSD, 120GB SSD, ODD, and External-SATA (use every now an then), I'm full.

 

I would love to make the 2 x 320GB into RAID 1, to mirror them.

 

I already have a D-Link DNS-320 that I have my 2 x 640GB WD Blue drives in. But I understand those are quite old. I heard Synology was good, any input? Price is not an issue, but I don't want something obnoxious.




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Posted 30 September 2013 - 16:24

I need a new NAS, because I have 2 x 320GB WD Blue drives that are sitting around, doing nothing. Would love to make them another backup option, but I am out of SATA ports on my PC. With my 1.5 TB, 500GB, 90GB SSD, 120GB SSD, ODD, and External-SATA (use every now an then), I'm full.

 

I would love to make the 2 x 320GB into RAID 1, to mirror them.

 

I already have a D-Link DNS-320 that I have my 2 x 640GB WD Blue drives in. But I understand those are quite old. I heard Synology was good, any input? Price is not an issue, but I don't want something obnoxious.

Sorry if this a stupid but obvious question but are you looking for a server to act as a DNS server or are you looking for a new NAS?



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 18:01

I just plan to use as home storage, nothing else.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 18:06

Sorry if this a stupid but obvious question but are you looking for a server to act as a DNS server or are you looking for a new NAS?

 

I think he meant "NAS hunting" and not "DNS Hunting"



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 18:08

Yeah I came here with the promise of DNS related banter but no such luck lol...



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 18:17

Yeah, after I read that, I'm :argh:

 

But if you read my whole post, you kinda will get what a D-Link DNS-320 is..



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 18:22

What are you looking to accomplish with the NAS? The D-link does seem a bit dated, but if it works, might as well use it. For example, I have a Synology DS213 (2 bay), and I use it for streaming to my 360, backups, document storage, and it's plenty fast. 



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 20:35

I just prefer to use it as a home storage device. Alough, the DNS-320 has only 2 slots, which are filled.

 

Or should I maybe go with a HP Proliant G7, like this? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16859107921

 

And just ditch the DNS-320?



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 20:40

Personally I would buy a HP Proliant Microserver (such as the N54L you linked) and install FreeNAS on it. That will give you maximum flexibility in terms of hardware and software. Plus you get all the benefits of ZFS coupled with a nice, web-based management interface.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 20:48

*shudders* I used FreeNAS in the early days, I think that was around ~2007, version 6, I believe. I had so many problems with it. For example, i tried to RAID 2 HDDs, it would accept it, but not tell me anything of the RAID, just blank.

 

But, I am willing to try it again. I can always do what I do now with my mini-itx Atom mc server. I put crunchbang on there, and loaded SSH into it. I made it headless, so I can remotely connect to it.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 20:58

320GB so these are 2.5" disks?

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 20:59

Personally I would buy a HP Proliant Microserver (such as the N54L you linked) and install FreeNAS on it. That will give you maximum flexibility in terms of hardware and software. Plus you get all the benefits of ZFS coupled with a nice, web-based management interface.

 

I like FreeNAS as much as the next man (have it on my Microserver) but the web-based interface is anything but nice.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 21:04

Am I the only person who doesn't like FreeNAS. I like the idea but not the implementation. I went with Storage Server 2012.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 21:06

I like FreeNAS as much as the next man (have it on my Microserver) but the web-based interface is anything but nice.

 

Really? Although I am generally a command-line guy, I quite like it. It gives the user great flexibility to configure virtually everything of note. They could probably stand to make the interface look prettier, but that is a minor quibble. I find it quite functional.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 21:14

320GB so these are 2.5" disks?

 

These are 3.5" drives. I got them awhile ago.