Seagate Releases New Line of SMB/SOHO NAS

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thundervore

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These are expensive for what they offer and after suffering through the buyers remorse of purchasing a 2 bay diskless NAS enclosure that could not expand i just build my own.
 

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I just built my own, and I wanted an 8-Bay so I could have 4 for RAID and another 4 as backup to the RAID array.

Unfortunately there is not a huge choice of 8-Bay NAS cases with hot swappable cages. The good news is there are a few such NAS cases like the Silverstone DS380 and U-Nas NSC-800. Grab one of these with a mini-ITX board, an i3 or Pentium, 4-8 GB of RAM, a small 300w PSU, an HBA, and several WD Reds' and you're good to go!

If you do still want to mess with the hassle and rather just go with a pre-built appliance route, I recommend the ASUSTOR AS-608T or QNAP TS-869 or Synology DS1813.

Also I decided to go with Software RAID, because onboard motherboard hardware RAID or buying a cheap RAID card have a high chance to fail on you within 5 years! Try ZFS if you're adventurous, or WHS if you're not into Linux.
 
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