Buying a NAS or building

Leo Noordhuizen leo.noordhuizen at
Tue Jun 15 22:44:13 UTC 2010


(If this question is in the wrong place, please point me to the correct
place to ask this question ?)

I am placed for a dilemma.

Currently I am running an old (relatively) PC with UBUNTU server, and
software RAID (RAID-1) as file server.
However this is overkill.
The system uses (with 3 drives) 140 watt continuously, and is noisy.
The performance is great though.

I want to replace this system with a 2 bay but preferrably a 4 or 5 bay NAS

Now my question is, should I build a new system, with low power components
and run UBUNTU server or Free-NAS, or should I buy one of the readily
available NAS systems.

I am worried that the low end (and lower price) NAS systems will not perform
well, but the better and rather high priced systems are probably more
expensive as a system built by myself with good components.

Are there people who had the same question and decided on one or the other
Id love to hear opinions.


Leo Noordhuizen - The Netherlands
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