Looking for a 4-bay NAS or external enclosure for old HDDs

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by It's Not Lupus, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. It's Not Lupus

    It's Not Lupus Senior member

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    I'm looking for recommendations for a 4-bay NAS or external enclosure to put my old Samsung F1 and F3 1TB hard drives. This isn't for any important data, and I'm not looking to spend a lot. I need at least JBOD support.

    I get the impression that some NAS units might be picky with the model of the drive.

    I was thinking about an external enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817576009
    but that involves pairing it with another PC.
     
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  3. BonzaiDuck

    BonzaiDuck Lifer

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    I, too, am interested in this very topic. I had been converting IDE->USB2 external drive boxes to eSATA. I want to use a single port on my PCI-E SATA-3 controller, to connect with a port-multiplier in a NAS enclosure with its own power-supply and switch. The port-multiplier should allow for an addition of four drives or a net increase of three.

    There is an outfit which should be pretty commonly known to enthusiasts:

    www.addonics.com

    or "Addonics." They offer controllers, port-multipliers, NAS enclosures with power supply. They've "been around" since the late 1990s.
     
  4. dave_the_nerd

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    If you want to plop down some $$ on a good 4 bay NAS for general purpose storage, and media stuff (no transcoding though), I can wholeheartedly recommend the Synology DS 414, it's been great to me so far. about 450$ on Amazon.
    For your immediate purposes though, an external enclosure makes the most sense.
     
  6. BonzaiDuck

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    I had come across this MediaSonic option before, and took a closer look at it.

    I can only guess that the OP's needs are similar to mine. I want an external eSATA-connected box with its own power-supply that can be configured as a secondary drive-pool to my WHS-2011 server with the currently-installed Stablebit DrivePool software. I had been assured by their tech-support that such a drive pool can be mounted and dismounted from the server at will -- manually.

    The MediaSonic box requires port-multiplier feature of a controller in the computer feeding the eSATA connection. The port-multiplier must deploy FIS-switching. The SATA-III controllers in my server fill the bill for that.

    On the other hand, there have been reports of mixed results with use of port-multiplier.
     
  7. dave_the_nerd

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    If nothing else, SATA port multipliers will bottleneck your performance.