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Old November 5, 2015, 06:08 PM
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I'm starting a NAS build and thought id get some input on cases. Ideally I want something small and that take as many HDD as possible.

So far I've got a gigabyte ga-z97n paired with a i3 4350.

Right now I'm leaning towards the node 304 but want to make sure there aren't any other options.

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Old November 5, 2015, 07:00 PM
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How many drives? Lian Li PC-Q25 is the absolute best ITX NAS case around. Not sure if it out of your budget though. It can fit 9 HDDs and 2 SSDs with some work. 7 HDDs and 1 SSD if you don't want to do any modding. 5 of which are in a hot swap cage.
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A build with that Lian Li here WorkLog - neilhart's Mini-ITX into Lian Li PC-Q25 [Complete] - Page 5 It shows a cage with 5 places for 3.5" drives which could turn into 10 2.5" drives using adapters, and a SSD or 2 dangling around. Your only issue would be sata connectors, you would have to use a SAS/SATA raid controller to connect so many drives. If you plan on using Windows as OS, HP Smart Array P400 is pretty cheap on ebay these days.
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Old November 5, 2015, 07:17 PM
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Here is mine from a few years back.



9 drives + 2 SSDs running FreeNAS.
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How about U-NAS? Read the article from Anand and it seem intesting but no idea how much it cost.

ASRock Rack C2750D4I and U-NAS NSC-800: A DIY File Server
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How many drives? Lian Li PC-Q25 is the absolute best ITX NAS case around. Not sure if it out of your budget though. It can fit 9 HDDs and 2 SSDs with some work. 7 HDDs and 1 SSD if you don't want to do any modding. 5 of which are in a hot swap cage.
awesome, to start I will be moving my 2x2tb we red from my server and adding 2 more for a total of 4. Max I think ill ever need is 6 but even that is stretching it. Aside from this 1 sad for the OS and ill be set. Still debating going freeman or Ubuntu I'm kind of leaning towards Ubuntu though.... I couldn't justify getting ecc ram and server grade Mb for free naps.

That Liana Li looks very slick though and really not that much more than the node 304 especially considering it has jot swap bays.
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How about U-NAS? Read the article from Anand and it seem intesting but no idea how much it cost.

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interesting ill read up on it thanks
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yes I remember seeing this one a little out of my price range.... ideally like to keep it sub 150
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The U-NAS 800 is $200 USD not including shipping. That's going to be even more costly than the DS380 by a significant amount.

I technically have a used DS380 for sale, but we are too far apart on distance for it to be worthwhile for you, unless you are planning on being in the GTA in the near future.

Based on your criteria the previously mentioned PC-Q25 is probably the best option.
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