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NAS recommendations?

2010-05-12 04:20:31.745285+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Help! My ancient server is showing its age. I want to replace it in part with a basic NAS box, but when I went to the office suply store, the device they had said it was FTPable and came with special Windows and Mac software. I really just want something I can plug in and access with SMB (NFS would be an extra plus). What should I get?

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 22:01:17.84307+00 by: meuon

On the "higher end" FreeNAS rocks and the web interface shows it to have a lot of options I don't understand like some kind of "iTunes" server.. but so often it's nice to just buy a packaged nearly idiot-proof solution that roll your own.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 19:38:12.492887+00 by: Dan Lyke

And when you're running off a text console based recovery disk (because modern live CDs can't really deal with a 500 MHz Via EPIA board very well) and can't figure out how to get the system to speak NFS or Samba, "ncftp"'s "put -R" is your friend. No matter our personal opinions about FTP Although at 10MB/s (sustained, lower for the smaller files), that's gonna be a 13 hour copy.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 19:14:14.520337+00 by: Dan Lyke

And the BlackArmor has NFS, you just have to include the volume name in your mount specs (ie: rather than Trying to figure out the best way to get the data across from my old drives to that device.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 17:14:27.171067+00 by: Dan Lyke

So online reviews say the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110 box that my local Staples has in stock does NFS and SMB. And I can get it right now. Yeah, 1TB isn't huge, but I think it is actually perfect for what we want to do.

I'll be back shortly.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 16:07:52.814337+00 by: m

I just started using a Tonidoplug running Unbuntu 9.04 with a 1T USB drive, using ssh and sshfs. Currently using it for manual backup, though it also allows for external access through a URL on a Tonido server. I hope to add a fallback system for the house sensor and evolving control system.

Obviously USB drives are slow, but they are more than adequate for my purposes. The plug is $100, and is supposed to provide mp3 streaming and a variety of other common tasks. LAMP can be installed or purchased as a prebuilt package for $50.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-12 11:35:49.713427+00 by: JT

I had a little 1T Lacie NAS for about 3 years or so. It worked well, got a little too dusty where I was keeping it and blew out a fan. It overheated and I ended up with a 1T sata drive for the wife's computer and just bought another one about a year ago. SMB, FTP, and the Media Server part worked fine in it.

#Comment Re: NAS devices made: 2010-05-12 10:41:35.936068+00 by: K Martinez

FTP sites are FTPable but nobody would call them NAS. In my opinion, NAS devices that can't do NFS are lacking the "N" in NAS leaving only the AS....

I was pleased to find these little boxes called ReadyNAS NV+ from Netgear on the shelves at Fry's and occasionally cheaply available thru Amazon. The ones I got take 4 disks and do some RAID magic and make the resulting volumes available thru a variety of protocols including SMB and NFS. They run an embedded Loonix inside and can be "adjusted" to be managed via SSH or do other Loonixy things.

My favorite add-on for this is a bit of software which dims the bright blinky LEDs on the front panel. This makes it "housebroken" so it can live in the same room I do. :)

There's a family of related systems that Netgear offers, apparently as a consequence of purchasing a small storage company some time back.