[citation][nom]velocityg4[/nom]I wonder if these are still so overpriced. Considering that I can build a much more capable NAS for a lot less using something like ReadyNAS. For the price of their cheap consumer model I can build one as fast as a Pro model.I know they need to make a profit. They can also source the parts for less than me. The biggest joke is the RAM installed. RAM is extremely cheap and the big factor in read/write performance on these NAS. I'd rather spend an extra $30 and have 8GB RAM. That way it would be able to quickly handle read/write on a RAID-z setup.[/citation]
Every self-made Linux NAS fan constantly discounts the price of their own time and labor when they say "I can build [this] for less". You will spend hours upon hours shopping for the parts, hours building it and then testing the hardware for stability, hours installing the OS and then configuring the installation to your hardware and then yet more time configuring the NAS OS to your current network configuration.
While devices like ReadyNAS are PnP for a good majority of users. The HDD's are (usually) given as reliable once formatted by the NAS and the hardware and OS are preconfigured for ease of network integration. As multiple added bonuses you get a unified warranty, tech support and many times added features like iOS or Android integration apps, included cloud services, etc. etc. etc.
I wish you Linux fans would sometimes see the forest from the trees when you make posts like this.