DIY NAS questions

  CrazyTalk 15:43 21 Nov 09


Am currently looking at doing my own NAS set up. I have a spare old DELL box with PSU, mother board. I plan to add sataII hard drives to it. I know I can get FreeNas from the web, I also plan to get a WOL 1000 NIC. My question is really down to how many SATAII hard drives can I get in to a raid 5 config? I have read I can get a PC SATA control card which will have four SATA ports on and can run raid5 with this no problem, as insane as it sounds I may want to get another PCI card in the future to add more to the config if needs be. Is this possible i.e. two cards with at least 8 SATAII ports? Can I have 8 disks running in Raid5? - AM a bit lost on this and my brains starting to run away with itself!

Any forsight would be greatly apreciated.


Why on earth go to all this trouble. Surely just a simple NAS is all you need as you have copies on your other machines. What is your security policy?

  CrazyTalk 08:12 28 Nov 09

Yes I do agree a simple Nas would be the way forward but money is also a problem, where a NAS with 3 - 4 TB is usually £400 -> £600. Unless you know of any good deals. I dont want the NAS to be on all the time hence the WOL functoinality i.e. send magic packets to wake up shut down. I want my data to be as safe as possible as I do have loads of photos and home vidoes in HD hence having redundancy is a nice to have. IF you thikn there are some options with regards to consumer based NAS's and pointers would be apreciated


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