Building a Server / Network Storage
Posted on 2013-06-23
I need to sort out my home network storage but need a little help with making some choices. Just so you know my level of expertise (or lack there of) In the past I have worked building 15 desktop PCs a day for 6months so I can put them together easily enough. Now don't get me wrong, I know that a trained monkey could put a pile of parts together so I'm not pretending I'm an expert or anything.
I don't know if it's just pure bad luck or a normal thing but during my life a lot have hard drives have died on me and therefore iv'e lost data. So Ii want everything backed up. What I want is a server with 8 bays 4 drives mirroring the other 4 (is this possible or is there a better option for back up?). I plan to use it mainly for films, photos and general file storage. It obviously needs to be accesable from both the wired and the wireless network.
I've never built or set up a server before so this is where i need help.
I don't want to use SAS drives due to the expense. The hard drives I'm planning on using are: WD RED 2TB 3.5" SATA 6GB/s 64MB (unless anyone has a better option) 8 of these will set me back about £675 I already have a SSD drive for the OS if it doesn't get used it can go back into one of the desktops.
Now the rest of the system I'm wanting to set up for as cheap as possible as long as it will stream the large 1080p films flawlessly I'm happy.
So what are my options? do I build a server and if so what components do you recommend? eBay or new?
Do I just get a pre-built NAS unit like:
Infortrend EonNAS Pro 800 8 Bay Desktop NAS
Qnap Ts-869l 8 Bay Desktop Nas
Synology DS1813+ 8 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure
If you think this option is better what make/model is the best to go for at a reasonable price.
Also I have seen the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ V2 (4 Bay) NAS Server Serial ATA-300 going on ebay for £150 do I just get two of these and slap those Red WD drives in them? Will they do what I want? And will they stream flawlessly? It's a lot cheaper than my other options but pointless if it doesnt work well enough.
I have a budget of around £900 (not including the hard drives) but if you can save me some money it would be appreciated :) I will spend more if I have to though.
Also I should mention it doesn't matter what it looks like, it will be hidden in a cupboard so even rack mount is ok.
Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings I hope you can help, Sam.