Looking into data redudency

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Irixion, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. So, I'm not at all familiar with RAID or the like, and I'm just wondering what the best setup would be for NAS data redundancy. I'd like to have a seperate server for data backups, but I've got no idea where to start. I've read up on unRAID and also Windows Storage Spaces. I don't have much time or desire to learn this, I'd just like something simple to configure and use :v
     
  2. Cooljerk

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    Easiest and cheapest way to just "set and forget" is to grab a D-Link DNS-323 enclosure (shouldn't be more than $100 if you buy from ebay) and throw Alt-F on it so it'll support 4tb drives.
     
  3. Thanks for the reply. I'll look for a 323. I have a spare PC lying around. Is there a way to repurpose it to act as a NAS? That's why I was looking into Windows Storage Spaces, but from what I've read the performance on it isn't the greatest.
     
  4. Cooljerk

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    I'm sure you could turn a desktop PC into a NAS, but I don't think they'd be nearly as energy efficient, nor am I really sure how to go about doing it beyond sharing drives on a network through windows or SAMBA.

    I myself have two of those DNS 323s, and a Western Digital something-or-other. Flashing those DNS 323's with Alt-F (an open source NAS firmware alternative) is really easy (you just need a USB flash drive) and Alt-F has a bunch of really great features. Out of the box, the DNS-323 is kind of limited compared to higher end NAS drives, but alt-F bridges the gap pretty nicely.

    EDIT: Keep in mind, though - you need to actually grab the HDDs as well. Thats honestly the bulk of the cost.