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.
Answer by Jackster1337 · May 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
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
Answer by Compucore · May 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
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.
Answer by MattRyan · May 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
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.
Answer by IamTechCrazy · May 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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.