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#1 mh2452



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:32 PM

Hi everyone

I am new to this forum and new to the storage world.

Up until now I was storing my data on external WD 3TB drives, but this is getting very cumbersome. I am thus thinking about getting a NAS.


I have about 10 different disks containing my data (movies, music, personal movies etc) so that's 30th of raw data.


I am thinking about building my own NAS, with as much bays as possible in the minimum amount of space.

Obviously cost is a big concern too.


Any one can point me to the right direction (chassis, motherboards, fans, wires, disks, memory etc)?


Also how much do you think should I expect paying for it (let's say for a 45 drives)


thank you

#2 Brian


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

For a 45 bay NAS you're talking pretty big dollars, but if you only have 30TB of data, and I wonder how much is duplicated, 45 bays seems more than excessive. What sort of budget do you have for this?


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#3 continuum



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:02 PM

45 bays for a mere 30TB, as Brian says, is a little crazy.


About the only way to do so affordably is to roll your own, a la Backblaze.




Given you can do 30TB raw capacity in an 8-bay off the shelf NAS with 8x4TB disks, and if you need 30TB usable in a fault tolerant setup of some sort, you could do that in a 12-bay or 16-bay off the shelf NAS with as few as 10x4TB disks... or rolling your own in an off-the-shelf computer case plus a few dumb SATA controllers (if you go software RAID)...


Not sure where you are, but right now Seagate NASworks 4TB disks are $150 a pop on Amazon... compared to all the extra hardware you need to do a 45-bay NAS, odds are good a more reasonably sized NAS with newer, bigger disks is going to at least be worth considering.

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