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Old 08-30-2013, 07:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Planning to buy 40tb NAS for storing my movie/music/etc... collection. I have come across a 40tb NAS on ebay. Below is the link, If I use this for Media Storage can I use a Media Player like Western Digital etc.. to access movie files.

Are there any better and cheaper ready made media server's.

Any Help is truly Appreciated.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasas-ActiveStor-8-NAS-40TB-STORAGE-CLUSTER-BLADE-ARRAY-4TB-/171014802357?pt=UK_Computing_Network_Storage_Disk_Arrays&hash=item27d146cbb5
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:33 AM
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you should have a look here : http://www.avsforum.com/t/1392050/official-unraid-thread

the ebay link is clearly not something targeted to a simple consumer...
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I am not sure that you understand what you are attempting to purchase.

I would ask the seller questions.
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If I was you, I would recommend something that has been proven to work and has good support. Therefore, I would suggest the following:

1) Synology
2) Synology
3) Did I mention Synology.

They are expensive, but they have good support, and you can do a lot with them other than just storage and media streaming. If I had the money, I would go with Synology.

The other option, which is what I am using, I would recommend to build your own server. It isn't hard to do. I am using UnRaid as my OS, and I mainly use it for storage and streaming my ripped movies to my media players, iPads and iPhones. There are many other OS out there that are popular besides UnRaid such as FlexRaid, Ubuntu, WHS etc. I can add 23 storage hard drives, 1 parity drive, and cache drive (for faster transfers). So, 23 HDD x 4TB = 92 TB total storage.

Or you can go with the easier set up and go Synology wink.gif.

Media Server: UnRaid Server: 15TB of storage and growing :).

http://www.avsforum.com/lists/display/view/id/8599

 

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http://www.avsforum.com/lists/display/view/id/8597

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Why would you want that nightmare for something as simple as a home media server?

First, it runs its own proprietary operating system, so your chance of ever getting unpaid help if there is a problem is about zero.
Two, I believe it only supports NFS and not SMB. Many media streamers do support NFS, but not all, and some not well. Since it is a proprietary OS, who knows what support can be added.
Three, it uses storage blades and not just individual hard drives. When one of those blades eventually fails, can you find a used one for cheap? A new one may cost you $2000-$4000.
Four, for what it costs used, you can get 40 GB of storage elsewhere for half the price.
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