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Network Accessible Storage 6tb options?

#1 User is offline   King Phil 

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:51 PM

Yeh I know we've had this before but it's been a while !

Anyone currently using a decent NAS setup with RAID option?

The amount of stuff I've got stored has reached titanic levels and I've decided it's worth a fair bit of dough to centralise it - securely.

I'm after a NAS solution that can hold around a lot of data - currently I've got 4 TB of USB drives I'd like to centralise but they need RAID or other form of redundancy. Cost wise...about 600....

Any thoughts? I'm Googling but not wholly sure what's best ! :D

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

No idea.

But I would be interested to know what you have that is 4tb +. That is a lot of data.

My guess is a massive personal porn collection.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:12 PM

Pretty much yeah :) Actually 4tb is about half the size - I carry the really good stuff on me..

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:39 PM

Question: Would you be prepared to build one yourself, or do you want an off the shelf "just works" jobby? (i.e Buffalo terastation type things)

If the former, could easily help you spec one up real cheap and point you in the right direction to set it all up :)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:57 PM

So seriously, what do you need 8tb for?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:01 PM

Hmm good question. My years of working in IT killed my interest in IT.

Off the shelf jobby to be honest.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

View PostDrWu, on 01 August 2012 - 09:57 PM, said:

So seriously, what do you need 8tb for?


Seriously? Video storage.

Of your mom :P

What do you think I need it for lol.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:31 PM

That's a lot of videos. A decent blu-ray rip for a movie seems to be about 25 GB.

Your movie collection must be massive :shocking:.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:56 PM

I don't know really. If a vid is high quality and say 5gb, thats 1600 films. So you are saying you have 1600 DVD ripped films?

Even at 25gb, which is very rare, thats still 320 films, ripped to the highest possible quality.

Come on Phil, what do you have that is so big?

Answer: MASSIVE AND UNENDING PORN.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:32 PM

View PostKing Phil, on 01 August 2012 - 10:01 PM, said:

Hmm good question. My years of working in IT killed my interest in IT.

Off the shelf jobby to be honest.


Well, thing is - if you want to keep it *super* simple there are options these days. What I would recommend would be a machine with enough room for plenty of drives and doing software raid. Proper hardware raid would be silly expensive to do right and then whack on Ubuntu - which is easy as hell to get your head around. If in doubt, ask! I can tell you now if you come on here asking Linux questions and "how do I do this" - you'll get an answer from me at least.

But if you wanted to compromise, you could always get one without any drives in and then just scale it up as you go?? i.e

http://www.scan.co.u...d-array-das-box

http://www.scan.co.u...gbit-lan-pc-mac

Start about 200-300 for the machine and then drop 100 a go whenever you need an extra terabyte?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:47 PM

Meaning: When you overload on HD porn.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:56 PM

Why the fuck is a Yorkshireman using the word 'mom'? Eh?

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:11 AM

Why the fuck do you care? :coolface:

The question is, if you acquired 4gb of "films" in the first place, what's the problem in doing it again? I'd imagine you're using newsgroups on a pretty fast connection. I currently have about 1.6TB of media, I'll probably get rid of half of that soon as I doubt I'll watch it again and if I did want to, I'd just re-download it. I thought about NAS storage and tbh, I probably will end up getting one just so I can stream stuff easier, but a 4TB with raid backup seems like overkill.

It does easily add up though, the six seasons of Sopranos in 720p comes in at close to 170gb, a decent subtitled 1080p rip of anything is likely 10gb, so 400 blueray quality films would fill 4tb. Easily done!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:28 AM

View PostJackfrost, on 02 August 2012 - 07:11 AM, said:

Why the fuck do you care? :coolface:

The question is, if you acquired 4gb of "films" in the first place, what's the problem in doing it again? I'd imagine you're using newsgroups on a pretty fast connection. I currently have about 1.6TB of media, I'll probably get rid of half of that soon as I doubt I'll watch it again and if I did want to, I'd just re-download it. I thought about NAS storage and tbh, I probably will end up getting one just so I can stream stuff easier, but a 4TB with raid backup seems like overkill.

It does easily add up though, the six seasons of Sopranos in 720p comes in at close to 170gb, a decent subtitled 1080p rip of anything is likely 10gb, so 400 blueray quality films would fill 4tb. Easily done!


Same here.

Although, i've watched about 15 films in the last 4 years so 400 would last me about 100 years :roo

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:11 PM

If I was buying one I'd get a QNAP or synology. You can get ones that run a webserver and are able to direct download.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

View PostDev, on 02 August 2012 - 04:11 PM, said:

and are able to direct download.


Can you explain that? How is that any more advantageous than say... a samba share or similar set up and simply downloading straight to that from your PC?

Again, talking from a 'power user' perspective - someone who leaves their PC on pretty much 24/7 - the only bonus I can think of for that would be to kick off a bunch of downloads for which you have a direct link, or torrents (if it has a built in torrent client on the web front end) and then powering down your main PC when you go to sleep??

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

I think what he means is that the NAS runa a service which can download stuff, while your Pc is shutdown.
My Netgear NAS has different services that can do that, which is nice if you don't want your pc to run over night.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:30 PM

View PostFullMetalJacket, on 02 August 2012 - 07:01 PM, said:

I think what he means is that the NAS runa a service which can download stuff, while your Pc is shutdown.
My Netgear NAS has different services that can do that, which is nice if you don't want your pc to run over night.


Yeah - for sure. I guess my question was a bit wordy. Should've been: "Tell me about this feature?"

I get that it makes sense for shutting the PC down, it probably also makes sense for making sure a download isn't interrupted through a PC crash or similar.

I too am interested in a compact NAS solution and I'm not sure if I'm going to build a small form factor machine or get an off the shelf jobby.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

I just keep everything I get ahold of. Dunno why I just like collecting things. Always have.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:52 PM

Maybe you should delete more shit. I used to be like that with DVD and CD but now I couldn't give a shit. I mean, 8tb...thats more than a lot of 500 million turnover companies.

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