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Home File Server Advice, please

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April 28, 2014 1:02:23 PM

So I have a bunch of Hard Drives around with movies and music, etc. and wanted to set up a dedicated file server. I have a Mavericks hackintosh, a couple win8 machines, win7. I have lots of assorted PC parts, enough to build a decent file server. I have done some reading, but do have some questions:

--Am I limited by the amount SATA connectors on the MOBO as to how many drives I can RAID? What about the USB connectors?

--Whats the best server OS for compatibility--NAS, Ubuntu, OSX, Win? The HDs I want to RAID are formatted DOS, but also some Mac formatted--will these all work together?

Anyhow, thanks so much.

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April 28, 2014 1:39:55 PM

I gave up on building my own file server and recently got a WDMYCLOUD device. The problem with building my own is there was always some issue that annoyed me (too noisy, or unnecessary power usage, software setup headache etc..). I wanted it to just simply WORK and this does.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1140

You can't RAID, but you can add another USB drive to it. The device itself attaches via Ethernet to your Router. Read/Write speeds are about 60MB/second for wired.

The device is "always on" but it shuts down the hard drive after 10 minutes of non-use so it's basically silent and consumes little power.

**Take the REVIEWS with a grain of salt. It had lots of issues when it came out just a few months ago and these are mostly fixed now. Firmware updates are also AUTOMATIC and there were quite a few at first.

I have THIS unit (4TB drive) and it's only $200 which is pretty awesome considering that's not much more than what the HDD alone costs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

(You can't "RAID" though you can backup automatically to an attached USB drive if you want.)

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April 28, 2014 2:13:19 PM

thx for the post photon--yeah, I got more time and parts than I do money, so...

It comes down to the fact that I have all these internal drives with lots of movies and music just laying around and I want to share them with all my computers.
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