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Windows 7: NAS drive enclosure

07 Oct 2009   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
NAS drive enclosure

Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a good cheap NAS drive enclosure that supports RAID 10, but I'm having a hard time trying to find one that is. I found some, but they only support RAID 0, 1, and 5.

I'm wanting to plug it into the router so that my desktop and WHS server can use it for storage with a few SATA drives in RAID 10 for speed and data protection.

Do you have any recommendations?


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08 Oct 2009   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I question the benefit of RAID 10 in this scenario. If this is going to be a networked device for storage....would the speed of your network actually be able to saturate the performance that you would get out of a RAID 5 setup??? I don't think that the extra speed gained from going from RAID 5 to RAID 10 in this instance would be noticeable...plus you will have more drive space with RAID 5 as your RAID 10 is only going to give you 50% overall.
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08 Oct 2009   #3
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a good cheap NAS drive enclosure that supports RAID 10, but I'm having a hard time trying to find one that is. I found some, but they only support RAID 0, 1, and 5.

I'm wanting to plug it into the router so that my desktop and WHS server can use it for storage with a few SATA drives in RAID 10 for speed and data protection.

Do you have any recommendations?
I know of a few, but they are far from cheap. from 449 euro's, without disks.
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08 Oct 2009   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I question the benefit of RAID 10 in this scenario. If this is going to be a networked device for storage....would the speed of your network actually be able to saturate the performance that you would get out of a RAID 5 setup??? I don't think that the extra speed gained from going from RAID 5 to RAID 10 in this instance would be noticeable...plus you will have more drive space with RAID 5 as your RAID 10 is only going to give you 50% overall.
Thank you Parks. That and a RAID 5 NAS being easier to find than 10 just may swing my decision.
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09 Oct 2009   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok, I gave up on the NAS since they were to high. I decided on a USB/eSATA RAID box instead. Here are two that I have found that seem to be a good price with good reviews below.

What are your opinions on them, any personal experience using them, or other recommendations??
Mediasonic HFR2-S3B

or

Addonics RTM435R5
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09 Oct 2009   #6
Antman

 

I would choose the MediaSonic for the larger, and presumably somewhat quieter, fan.

I have 2 AddTronics 4-in-3 bays and really like the hotswap. That is the only shortcoming I see on these two housings.

The onboard port expanders are a nice touch.

Also, do not overlook the 2TB limit. Which is fine. I would not use drives larger than 500GB in a RAID5.
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09 Oct 2009   #7
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ok, I gave up on the NAS since they were to high. I decided on a USB/eSATA RAID box instead. Here are two that I have found that seem to be a good price with good reviews below.

What are your opinions on them, any personal experience using them, or other recommendations??
Mediasonic HFR2-S3B

or

Addonics RTM435R5
They both seem very nice.

I lean toward the Mediasonic.

It has Firewire 400 and 800, and some extra usb ports,
which probably you don't need but could always prove handy.

Main reason would be the fact it has a power adapter instead of a PSU inside the box.
This means the heat of the power source is kept outside the box.

Also if the power adapter fails, it's easier to replace than a non standard PSU.
(might be a very expensive item in after sales.)

For the rest there isn't much in between them.

Good luck on your choice.

Greetings.
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09 Oct 2009   #8
Antman

 

Good catch Squonksc - for the power supply alone I would choose the MediaSonic. Extends the life of the drives.
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09 Oct 2009   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thanks guys.

I'm definitely leaning towards Mediasonic unless someone posts one better, or I find one better.

Thanks for the reminder on the 2 TB limit for WHS Antman. For Windows 7, I would have just used a GPT, but WHS does not support that.
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09 Oct 2009   #10
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

If you still want to be able to access the nas from your network,
this article might interest you.
NAS to Network adapter. ($49,-)

NAS Adapter from Addonics

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