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Hey Lockergnome,

My dad is running out of hardrive space yet again and he is thinking about getting either a NAS or a RAID storrage device. The only thing it has to do is eliminate a lot of usb cables while giving him more space to store his stuff on.

His main idea is to put multiple hdd's in a serie and only have one usb cable to controll it all.

asked May 27 '12 at 14:19

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Does your dad have WiFi?

LOOQS MeeBox NAS Media Server is a great little thing that takes 2 HDs n RAID and shares on WiFi.

Grate to put just about anywhere and no leads*

*Does need power :P

answered May 27 '12 at 14:31

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PS they are cheap :)

(May 27 '12 at 14:35) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Ofcourse we have wifi :p and the does need power doesn't matter if it can eliminate ~6 sockets.

(May 27 '12 at 14:38) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I have seen things like from Netwgear that you can attach it to the network via a rj45 with two or more drives. That would do the trick and you can have them set up as a raid 1 drive or two independent disk on it.

answered May 27 '12 at 14:33

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1 or 2 drives attached to a single unit is kinda low, he has about 6 drives right now...

(May 27 '12 at 14:39) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

Then he would need a storage array where you can stack in 6 or more into it. I have seen some storage arrays where you can slap into them 21 drive Sata one specifically.

(May 27 '12 at 14:56) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

I'm a big fan of how simple and easy Drobo is. It's a fairly good solution, though you'll be spending a pretty penny on it. NAS servers are wonderful, and can be found fairly cheaply. Alternatively, you can convert an old workstation or desktop PC into one by using readily-available free software. FreeNAS springs to mind. That could save you money in the short run, but may cost you more in power as regular PCs use a bit more electricity in the long-term.

answered May 27 '12 at 14:40

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Yeah the Drobo is expensive, we're more looking in the range of €150 (~$100-$125) max (without the HDD's of-course)

(May 27 '12 at 16:09) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

Built a spare computer out of old parts and turn it into a server. You could plug all your hard drives into it and use Linux server OS. I believe that's the cheapest solution.

Those NAS devices get pricey and the low end ones are "get what you pay for". A home server is easy to set up and an affordable solution.

answered May 27 '12 at 20:20

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True it's easy and cheap to do.(I have two at home over here personally.) But when you need to set something up in a raid format where you have four or more drives. Sometimes you need a Storage array if your using like four or more drives. But if your using like two or maybe three. Then a simple home server nothing too fancy. on it. Even if you were to FTP over to it to transfer over the stuff you want to transfer over. I did that a couple of times when I needed to transport like 20 gigs at a time over and it was mostly video and music.

(May 27 '12 at 20:24) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image
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