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pantera989
03-03-2011, 01:41 PM
I need a NAS with about 7-8-TB of space so I'm guessing I need a 5 bay NAS but there are just so many that I can't tell which would be best for me.

Here is what I need out of it:

8+TB of space.
Some redundancy (RAID 5 should be fine.)
Dual Gigabit Ports
50MB/sec read and right or higher.
Doesn't need any fancy features, I just need to dump files on it.
Preferably for $1000 or less without drives.

SolMiester
03-03-2011, 01:57 PM
Hi, not $1k, and TBH doubt you will find a decent NAS for that price, but heard good things about this one
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=110236

http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=5

inphinity
03-03-2011, 02:00 PM
Your requirements are not realistic within your budget. I'd suggest a NetGear RNDU6000 or Thecus N5500 but they're both probably more like $1300 - $1600ish.

Within your budget you'd probably want to look at more like 3, maybe 4 disks (meaning more like 5 - 6.5TB with RAID5 overheads) and a single gigabit ethernet connection.

pablo d
03-03-2011, 03:21 PM
^yeah what he said.

synology and seagate have good 4bay NAS devices for ~$750, although I'm not sure they'll take disks higher than 2TB in capacity which means you're limited to 8TB minus 2TB minus overheads if you want RAID5.

you're approaching the point where a basic server might be cheaper tho tbh if you just want a dumping ground.

somebody
03-03-2011, 05:38 PM
The Synology ones are pretty good. Several people at work have them.

Chilling_Silence
03-03-2011, 05:59 PM
Why dual-gigabit ports if it's only going to be reading / writing at 50m/bit? That's a total of 400m/bit?
Same for 50m/bit? Let us know a bit about your requirements and we may be able to advise a little better.
Is it going to be rack-mounted?
Does it need any other features, or just windows file-sharing / samba? Have you thought about FreeNAS / OpenFiler?
Considering you're going to be spending most of your $1K on JUST HDD's, I'd strongly suggest re-thinking your budget if you're getting 5 of these:
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=HDDWD2003&name=Western-Digital-2TB-Green-Power-64M-SATA2-HDD

Then don't forget you need something for the OS to run off, such as a smaller HDD or an SD card if you're going with something like FreeNAS / OpenFiler.

CYaBro
03-03-2011, 06:55 PM
I just got a 4 bay Qnap NAS for a client that can take up to 8TB.
It is an awesome machine but no way you'll get one for under $1k.

pantera989
03-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Why dual-gigabit ports if it's only going to be reading / writing at 50m/bit? That's a total of 400m/bit?
Same for 50m/bit? Let us know a bit about your requirements and we may be able to advise a little better.
Is it going to be rack-mounted?
Does it need any other features, or just windows file-sharing / samba? Have you thought about FreeNAS / OpenFiler?
Considering you're going to be spending most of your $1K on JUST HDD's, I'd strongly suggest re-thinking your budget if you're getting 5 of these:
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=HDDWD2003&name=Western-Digital-2TB-Green-Power-64M-SATA2-HDD

Then don't forget you need something for the OS to run off, such as a smaller HDD or an SD card if you're going with something like FreeNAS / OpenFiler.

My 1k budget was not including HDD's. Will be desktop not rack mounted. No real features needed, just a simple place to dump files.

I'm assuming your talking about building my own NAS? does this work out allot cheaper then buying a ready made one? Will on-board SATA controllers work or would I need a dedicated raid controller?

Chilling_Silence
04-03-2011, 05:13 AM
Yes it's cheaper and yes onboard can quite often work just fine :-)

:pf1mobmini:

BBCmicro
04-03-2011, 07:15 AM
reading / writing at 50m/bit
50 metres per bit? I'm sure modern drives have better linear density than that