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Why COTS when I can build a cheap NAS computer?

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November 27, 2012 11:30:56 PM

Just curious. I have been eyeballing a NAS to store pictures mostly since I got a Nikon D800 with its 36 megapixel files clocking in at ~45MB a piece. I have considered this device: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but am wondering.

Why would I buy a dedicated NAS device when I could build a cheap computer that is upgradeable as far as network card, CPU, RAM, etc. I'm assuming the built-in web interface to administer is a reason, but is there anything else?
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December 10, 2012 7:09:44 PM

Pre-built devices usually offer simplicity, i.e. plug and play. The end user does not have to worry about the underlying working of the device. Him/Her simply plug it in, follow the instructions to get it working.

Building your own require some computer knowledge. However, you get more flexibility as the end product will be whatever you can imagine. Custom build system can also have a web interface if you so choose so that is not a disadvantage.
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December 10, 2012 8:29:13 PM

lipoly said:
Just curious. I have been eyeballing a NAS to store pictures mostly since I got a Nikon D800 with its 36 megapixel files clocking in at ~45MB a piece. I have considered this device: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but am wondering.

Why would I buy a dedicated NAS device when I could build a cheap computer that is upgradeable as far as network card, CPU, RAM, etc. I'm assuming the built-in web interface to administer is a reason, but is there anything else?


For a simple storage NAS ( holding/sharing your data via SAMBA/NFS) get this
http://www.datoptic.com/2bay-nas.html

and 2x 2TB
Set it as RAID1 (mirror)

Less headache
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