Storage option for source installs

So I have many developer tools and software items (MSDN being one of them) that I would like copied to the network for access. The thing is, I don't see the need to blow thousands on a NAS device or even a server with 500GB of storage with raid technologies. At the same time, I don't want to sit here and put in DVDs and copy them to the network server with a 400GB IDE HD, and then see it fail months down the line

what do you guys do?
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shankshankAsked:
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Here's the thing - hard drives don't fail frequently... when they do, it's annoying but if you're using appropriate backup methods and redundancy when it's appropriate, it's not that big a deal.

For software installation points, I usually don't bother with RAID.  Because that costs extra and provides negligible benefit.  Odds are the drive isn't going to fail during the time you use it (say 5 years) and if it does, you can pay an intern or someone less money than a second drive would cost to sit there copying the source back to the drives.

If you think the loss would be THAT disruptive, then go ahead and setup a RAID - a software RAID costs you nothing extra and should give you that redundancy.  Of course, you could also just do a periodic image of the drive to an external disk you use for backups and similar tasks.  Or dump it to an SDLT/LTO tape.
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JamesTX10Connect With a Mentor Commented:
1 TB NAS from Buffalo is in the $600 range.

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/storage.php
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CallandorCommented:
Roll your own NAS with an inexpensive server case from Circotech, an old motherboard and cpu, a gigabit NIC, a fast RAID-5 SATA card like an Areca 1220, and as many SATA drives as you can fit into the case (I have 6).  It should cost about $1000 for a terabyte, have great performance, and will be upgradable.
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pgm554Commented:
Why not just go eSATA?

Get an eSATA RAID card and an external eSATA case w drives .

http://www.satagear.com/SATA_RAID_Cases.html
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shankshankAuthor Commented:
so the q uestion is, to get a hard drive external case with network capabilities, or just put a 500gb HD in a old tower

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would put 500 GB in another server that doesn't see much file transfer utilization - the external drives with network capabilities just cost more
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree, which is why I suggested rolling your own NAS with spare parts.  The hard drive is the place you want to spend the money on.
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