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    Personal DAS/Storage

    I've got a samba server setup that I use as a personal file server. Music, documents, backups from servers and personal computers, etc. I currently have 2 1 TB drives setup, and I'm about to reach my capacity. The server only has two drive slots, so upgrading the space has become problematic unless I want to lose redundancy (which I don't).

    I was wondering if anybody knew of any personal DAS, or even AoE based SAN's, that were aimed at consumers/small offices and were affordable? I'm not looking for a $15k server, but something that I could plug in drives and have the machine add the new drives to the usable space as I need it.

    I'm going to give these guys a call:
    http://www.configuredservers.com/products.asp?cat=61

    also, coraid's aoe san's start at $2,000 (+ cost of hard drives) with a max capacity of 4 TB
    http://www.coraid.com/products1.html.

    Using 4 1 TB drives (2 TB usable) would be roughly $2450 (only needing to buy 2 TB drives)

    That's not ideally what I'm looking for, as there's not enough growth capacity to justify the cost, but if I could find a 4 bay for less, or a similarly priced appliance for with more bays, it may be tempting. Their 15 bay/15 TB max raw capacity appliance is $4k.

    Also found this 5 drive NAS for under $800:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822102016

    And a 2 bay NAS for $230:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822110015

    Or maybe HP's MSA's:
    http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...iew-_-Main+Tab

    Wondering what other people have used for their personal needs and if you have any recommendations.

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    A way to do it on the cheap is to use eSATA. Put an eSATA controller card in your server and then get an external enclosure like this http://cooldrives.com/mac-port-multi...sata-case.html
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    Not bad price per terabyte. I've been looking at some of the Thecus NAS's, but I've never heard of that company before, which makes me a little nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derek.bodner View Post
    Wondering what other people have used for their personal needs and if you have any recommendations.
    If you are not going to host it in the datacenter, I would suggest building your own PC in a mid/full tower case.
    With a mid tower case, you get 5-7 x 3.5" bays plus you can convert some of the 5.25" bays into 3.5" bays with drive cages. That's plenty of space and you can't beat the price even if you go with a good and expensive RAID card (for a storage server, you don't have to get a RAID card, but it will simplify maintenance and increase performance significantly).
    You can also run a VMWare server on that box if you get enough RAM
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