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    FreeNAS, NAS or External Drive?


    I was wondering if anyone has any experience with NAS systems.

    I just want to be able to mainly backup certain drives on my computer. I’m looking for a 500gig to 1tb solution for less than £300!

    I was thinking of using FreeNAS, as then I would be able to change any drives in the long run and have endless configuration options and backup my data however the power consumption would be far higher than if I brought I a dedicated NAS system.

    However with most dedicated NAS systems it seems that I can't change the hard drives unless I’m paying for systems in the £700 range I mean if I’m wrong could someone link me to a NAS system that would allow me to use my own drives?

    Then there are external usb drives, I was wondering if there are external cases with network support? That would be a deffo plus but it looks like this is the cheapest solution to backing my data but space would be limited and it just doesn’t feel safe as using a RAID base system.

    Anyway, I would love to hear with your experiences with NAS systems and backing up data.

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    NAS + USB

    I would say just buy a Seagate FreeAgent external drive for backup.

    Single User environment + Backup -> Does not need 7x24 -> NAS not required.

    If you don't trust RAID, just buy two drives and do two near-identical sets of backups. For £300 you could buy almost 2x750GB FreeAgent drives which included backup software

    One thing is, you already BACKED up your data (assuming you buy 1 drive), in case either your main computer hdd or the backup hdd failed you still have a copy. So the RAID is irreverent to your purpose.

    If you meant Archiving of your old data then it is a different matter.
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    The FreeAgent drives look amazing i have to say but yea i was also thinking of archiving my data too.

    I just doubt the performance of these usb drives when storing large files and such.

    Thanks again for the help!

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