Ok so here is my dilemma, I currently have 2 Synology NAS devices (CS407e and DS409) they are both 4 bays but the 409 is by far the better of the two, upload/download maxes out around 15mb/s on the 407.
The 407 has the following drives: 2x1TB, 1x1.5TB and 1x500GB
The 409 has the following drives: 2x1.5TB, 2x2TB + 2x1TB external drives
The drives are setup as basic drives, no raid here folks.
Now I could just replace the smaller drives with larger drives, however the perfomance on the 407 isn’t good for HD content so I effectively have the 407 for SD content and the 409 for HD bluray etc.
What I have been thinking about is building a server, but I'm not sure what to do as I already have 8 drives (could be consolidated down with newer bigger drives I know) but even thinking at my current rate of around a 2TB drive every 4 months or so I would need another 4 bays sooner rather than later. Neither also officially support 3TB drives, and I'd be reluctant to buy one if they don’t.
If I build a server I also lose a SATA port to an Operating System drive, as the NAS’s have 4 bays without the need for an OS drive.
So what I need from the community is a build for at least 12 bays (but potentially more) that is low powered and quiet (they are currently under the stairs so not audible unless the door is open).
As I already have drives I need a Case, board, processor, PSU and suggestions for solving the lack of SATA ports issue.
*Please also note I am not interested in RAID or what OS to use with the server, I'll be using WHS as I'm a windows boy through and through :D.
Thanks everyone in advance for the advice.
My recommendation would be:
Case: (Any case with 9 or 12 5.25" external drive bays, the $60 ones should do fine)
Newegg Case Search http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=7&Description=&Type=&N=100007583+600030556&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=3093%3A21154&PropertyCodeValue=3093%3A21155&PropertyCodeValue=3093%3A21172
Hot Swap Enclosures: (Depending on if your case has 9 or 12 bays get 3 or 4. If you find others like these, make sure they have larger fans; there are some that have 2 60mm fans on the back and they will not be good enough.)
These enclosures also have a lower fan speed setting or a higher one.
SATA Card: (Get 2 cards to cover all 15 if using 3 hot-swap enclosures, if using 4 hot-swap enclosures still get 2 but make sure your motherboard has 5 SATA ports. You'll need 2 sets of the cables per card as well)
8-Port SAS/SATA Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101358
Just as noted above, if you use 4 of the hot-swap enclosures, make sure the motherboard has at least 5 SATA ports. Also make sure it has at least 2 PCI-E x4 (x8 or x16 will also work) expansion slots.
If all your server is doing is serving up files, I would recommend the lowest-end Core-i3 or a Dual/Triple-core AMD. However, if your server will be transcoding video and audio and doing more work on a regular basis, you should definitely look into an Intel Sandy-Bridge CPU (AMD’s next-gen isn’t out yet)
After you've picked out your processor, use this site to help calculate your PSU rating http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
I would highly recommend only buying a PSU that is 80+ certified.
I realize that this entire thing may cost a bit, but I just built a system with these components and it is awesome!
Thanks for that, was excellent, think I will choose the 9 bay case option as it works out massively cheaper and storage prices will drop again by the time I reach 15 drives.
Just depends if I want to go cheaper with no LED’s (probably cheaper as i've read you can’t turn them off….) never heard of Xigmatek but I have 2 Antec cases though, so might go with what I know.
I have a few questions:
I Have decided on using my Phenom X4 with 4gb ram, on an xfx board that has 6 SATA ports which is currently my living room media pc as it is more than capable, will swap it out and buy one of the new AMD Fusion £125 jobs been looking to try one of them and still have the opportunity there to use my discrete card if required.
*Sidenote – Coming from the UK those Newegg prices always make me cry haha.
May I suggest you setup some sort of RAID solution. I never use to have RAID and when one of my drives failed I was devastated. I now have a RAID solution and one of my drives has failed and I'm not bothered because the RAID is covering the loss.
The parts for my new build(s) can be found here: Parts (xlsx)
I will update this post with pictures of my builds once parts received and everything installed.
Honestly, I'd still go with a RAID solution paired with an offsite backup. For the amount of cash you're spending, you could buy a pretty sweet NAS solution. I'm moving toward a Data Robotics Drobo FS. It has 5 bays, with the new 3tb drives, you can get 13tb of usable space, or 10tb with dual disk redundancy. There is also an 8 bay model. The cool thing about a drobo is that unlike most other NAS applicances, you can upgrade the drives on the fly. You can start out using the smaller disks you already have and upgrade them without rebuilding the raid set. The space is dynamically allocated. It’s a huge win. In addition, the performance of a raid solution is much better than a single disc. I think you really don’t understand the benefits/uses/configuration of a raid set. If you did, you wouldn’t dismiss it so readily.