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Old December 6, 2008, 03:36 PM
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You might want to try freeNAS, it's a linux-based, super small distro with a web interface that can convert just about any old machine into a NAS server with advanced features like software raid and more. It can run live off a CD or be installed on a tiny partition of one of the hard drives in the NAS. I'd highly recommend it from my experience with it thus far (I'm building a NAS box out of my first PC: An AMD K6-2 400mhz - And it's working great so far!)

Link for download: SourceForge.net: FreeNAS

PS: It plays nice with windows machines - or anything that has a web browser.
I have one that's been running for almost 2 years built on a P2 350 mhz system.

Can be hard to setup however ...

I could not add a hdd to it after many attempts

Anyways, makes a nice project and anything over a P2 is over kill.

Runs on free BSD BTW ...
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Old December 6, 2008, 04:16 PM
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i love my intel box but it might be a little pricey as it's around $600
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Old December 6, 2008, 05:35 PM
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Don't forget the d-link one is entirely hackable.
what do you mean by that? similar to the WRT54GL from Cisco that you can load Tomato on, which is good...or hackable in the way that is bad?
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Old December 6, 2008, 06:21 PM
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I still think the NAS you build yourself is the best.
Using old hardware that has pci-e and gigabit is the way to go.

Drawbacks:
Power consumption, and it's probably gonna be big! (Old Tower case in storage) At least you have room for lotsa drives, compared to those little off the shelf Toaster Ovens.

Plus side: Spend on a HRDWR Raid card $500.00-$750.00 Eight drives (8) $500.00, DROOLING!
Not to mention, 8 USB ports, X-tra Hardcore storage

Now, install linux on this beast. Way easier to recover files from Linux.

Hook it up to a Giga switch/router with samba, and "You Are Rock'in"

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Old December 6, 2008, 08:12 PM
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problem being (in reference to the project listed above), is that I only have about $200 for the project. I've got the drives...now I need the dual bay NAS.
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Old December 6, 2008, 08:35 PM
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200 bucky eh?
In this case scenario, build yourself a box and just run your disks separate. Maybe raid 1
Maybe with a nice backup type program.
This thing would do the trick.
NCIX.com - Buy Intel BOXD945GCLF MINI-ITX 945GC Atom 230 1.6GHZ DDR2 1PCI SATA Video Sound LAN Motherboard Retail - BOXD945GCLF In Canada.

It has two sata ports, all you'd need would be a stick of ram and a psu!....and two sata cables, network cable. It's only 10/100 though.

This one is my fave, pretty expensive though! Dual Gigabit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31361&vpn=J7F4K1G5DS-PB(LF)&manufacture=Jetway%20Computer
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Old December 6, 2008, 09:58 PM
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what do you mean by that? similar to the WRT54GL from Cisco that you can load Tomato on, which is good...or hackable in the way that is bad?
The box runs on linux of some sort. So you can take it and go from a simple plugin using stuff the dlink left in there to running your own linux distro. Turns it into an awesome little low power linux box with a pretty good nas setup.
You can fully enable the extra usb connection. Run various linux based torrent programs. Turn it into all kinds of servers. It's just plain awesome

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Old December 6, 2008, 10:54 PM
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I can recommend the D-Link DNS-323 as a very easy to install, setup & use system as well as it's being plus being very hackable (Being Linux Based). The downside was that there was an issue with access form Vista pc's noted in the 323 wiki. Don't know if this has been solved as yet. I had one for a while & liked it but sold eventually as I was looing for more versatility.

My personal choice would be to build your own. Let's break it down.

DNS-323 = $140 + shipping & GST at Direct Canada.

For under that price I can get an Intel Atom 230 or even 330 (D945GCLF2 @ $102 + Shipping & GST) with 1gig DDR2 & either run Freenas, Ubuntu Server, Centos or pretty much anything for much more flexibility. I use a small MicroAtx case I had lying around for the build.

Intel BOXD945GCLF2 MINI-ITX DDR2 945GC Dual Core Atom 1PCI Motherboard Retail - DirectCanada

NCIX.com - Buy Intel BOXD945GCLF2 MINI-ITX DDR2 945GC Dual Core Atom 1PCI Motherboard Retail - BOXD945GCLF2 In Canada.


The performance will also be better as even with a Gigabit ethernet setup I did not see much more than 15MB/s from the DNS-323 which has also been noted in more than a few reviews. With my Atom 330 (D945GCLF2 & latest 0122 Bios) based CentOS 5.2 server I see 30-55MB/s over my home gigabit ethernet setup. Running Freenas will be comparable to what I'm seeing as far as performance goes I would guess.

Hands down if absolute flexibility & performance are sought after than my vote is for roll your own.
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You have to disable all Offload properties of the adaptor when using the 323 with Vista. I did, and works wonders. No problems under XP.
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The DNS-323 is alright. I bought it because I was trying to save money, but it doesn't give you full gigabit performance. I think this is because the drives in the unit only connect at SATA2 speeds. SATA3 drives will still connect (obviously), but the speed isn't there.

But yeah, for the price, this thing is getting cheap. And it is always nice to have a NAS around.
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