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  • how to create lots of storage?

    okay basically i am in the need of some way of storing a lot of data (talking terabytes here)

    can always do the usb external thingy but that's messy with lots an lots of cords

    so question is does a box exist where you can put say 6 drives in it an you only have the power input to the box an say usb out? (would prefer if the drives were visible individually) vaguely familiar with arrays but has been some time

    not keen on setting up a machine solely for this but if that would be easier then can be done, for example decent case an a fair few sata ports?

    any ideas etc are greatly welcome
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  • #2
    Use something like this: Hammer Storage - Galaxy NAS LX2
    Probably overkill and I have no idea what that particular model costs, but what you want is a NAS.
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    • #3
      Although if you absolutely must have usb, try a Drobo or something...
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      • #4
        Funnily enough, someone sent me this link today: Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage | Backblaze Blog
        67Tb might be a bit big for you, though
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        • #5
          Few options, either a dedicated NAS box, I'd go a Thecus, or you could build a freeNAS box.

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          • #6
            well whats nas lol? been out of the loop for a while

            when i was last heavily into comps sata was only just starting to show up
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            • #7
              NAS = Network Attached Storage

              It's a box of disks

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              • #8
                ah ok lol


                seems like the best option would be a dedicated machine?

                500 would cover the cost of it not including the drives i would assume looking at ple
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                • #9
                  Depends on your budget mate, FreeNAS is still in beta, and although good for a Windows/Samba share, it starts to fall over when you try and do cool stuff with it.
                  If you pay more than $500 for a bare bones machine, I'd be surprised, the processor/memory overhead for freeNAS is SFA.
                  For home use you could run it on an old P3 with 512Mb easily.

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                  • #10
                    good point actually, might have an old 2ghz machine at my disposal.......

                    i'd rather have something once setup didnt have any 'issues' lol
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                    • #11
                      As Desmo says, freenas is your cheap way out.

                      Probably the easiest of the options available to you, although a little more expensive, would be using a Drobo as I mentioned before.

                      Like everything it has pros and cons.

                      Pros:

                      relatively cheap
                      very easy to use
                      very little crap to set up(it Just Works(tm))
                      miniscule power footprint
                      takes any sized drives
                      fast

                      Cons:
                      proprietary hardware solution(a potential sticking point for home systems)
                      more expensive than building something like a freenas box
                      service and parts located in the us

                      Edit: although if you have a machine lying about already, and freenas doesn't appeal, why not just jam it full of disks, stick on your os of choice and software raid them, then share out the volume?
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                      • #12
                        The question is, what is the data? Do you need redundancy or not. Do you need reasonably fast speeds or just whatever is good enough?

                        Easiest way would be a white box with esxi and 2 VM's. The server and a NAS.
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                        • #13
                          How old is your current computer and how big is your tower? If it's reasonably current and the mobo has sata or esata ports (or you can just buy sata pci expansion cards) and if you have spare internal HDD racks, just load em up... even shitty towers have a spare 3 or 4 racks, that's an extra 3-4 TB already (or even 7 TB since you can get 2TB drives now)

                          Your OP doesn't mention you wanted it to be removable and portable... but to answer your original Q, covered already, a box does exist for that purpose...

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                          • #14
                            I'd buy a big case, decent power supply, low spec (in terms of graphics/sound/etc - just make sure it has a bug-free chipset) motherboard (so long as it has plenty of SATA ports), 4 1.5tb drives (1.5s seem cheap now) and run RAID5. You'll get 4.5tb ish usable space, and a drive failure won't kill it.

                            2ghz machine will be plenty, just make sure it has a decent SATA raid controller in it that is compatible with linux (maybe buy an add on card) - or run linux software raid with the onboard non-raid sata ports (you'll need 4 sata ports, which may require a motherboard upgrade - boards a few years old are half/half IDE and sata).

                            1gb of ram will be absolutely heaps, too.
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                            • #15
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                              just buy heaps of drives and label them. the dock stays on your desk cabled, and you can disconnect the drives like any usb stick and put them somewhere else. then you just need to organise your data into some sort of system and label the drives (i.e. milf porn, black and white porn, scat porn, etc)

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