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Windows 7: help choosing storage solution

17 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64
help choosing storage solution

need help choosing a data storage solution for a small business setup, a lab setup actually.
have no internet connection, it's just 4 or 5 pc's in a room but the way data is stored (or isn't) is a problem. what's available today? i'll say price no option at this point, that can give at least 10 TB capacity? Not too worried about size, it can be the size of a small rack does not have to fit on a desk next to a tower. I would be cool with using standard 3.5" SATA drives, say maybe seven 2-tb drives in RAID6? But i also need something that'll have good write performance say when 3 people are trying to write data to disk at the same time. I don't know what's available these days in terms of size vs price, along with hard drive types... 2.5" enterprise size drives, SAS drives, solid state drives, etc...
oh and right now we have a junk network switch, but i would update to a gigabit switch at least with the new nas, san, or whatever.

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18 Jun 2014   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

It seriously would depend on your needs. If money is no object, you could opt for a solution like this Synology DS1813+ Network Storage -
It has good reviews and can do most anything you want.

If you know the Linux operating system FreeNAS is a very good option and you can build your own. It wouldn't require anything extremely expensive hardware wise other than hard drives. Yes, SSDs are much faster but much more expensive and rarely needed except for specialized needs. If it will be run 24/7, SAS drives would probably be needed. Most of todays full tower computers can hold and deal with plenty of hard drives. That will not be the issue. The operating system and the connectivity will be most important. FreeNAS is very good, but not easily set up. Once set up it can do anything you would like and the price can't be beat, free. They also have their own systems you can buy.
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