My current desktop had 3x500GB SATA drives in a RAID 5 configuration. I plan to replace it with a laptop very soon, and would like to move those drives to a NAS that will simply be hooked up to my router, and/or the eSATA port of the new computer. I may add a 4th drive to bring up my total space to 1.5TB.
What is the simplest way for me to do that?
The NAS will be used as a media server to serve music and video (1080p video). Also, I want to store my photos on the NAS and process them though adobe lightroom, so speed is somewhat of a concern.
My Thecus N4100PRO should be arriving any day now. 4-Bay with 4*2TB drives in it for under $900(WD20EADS). I'll be doing a RAID 5. Having 6TB of usable space for under $900 is pretty darn good. The unit has gotten good reviews, especially for what I'll be doing (streaming hi-def).
I should add that the NAS can be bought diskless for under $400.