I got 2 of these at Amazon at that price. I also got 2 seagate 7200 3TB drives at 90 each during BF. After putting all of them into my server, I can't tell the difference. Perhaps time will tell. IMO, it's just hit or miss.
Just google unraid or freenas and look at the parts they used. Whether you want to build a big server or a small one will greatly influence the price. You can build a 4 bay, 9 tb storage and 3 tb parity, with unraid for under 200 bucks for the hardware from newegg and amazon, no drives included ofc
If you want to save even more, go to ebay and buy from a trusted seller...
If you want to build a htpc + server the price would go up as you would need a better cpu to handle graphics.
4 drives (3+1 redundancy) but it was already too much of a loss for me.
I was able to use some software i found online to recover my volume, but a lot of my pictures were gone, like 1 in every 16 were unrecoverable for some reason.
It sounds like you learned the lesson I learned 20 years ago, RAID is NEVER a backup.
For those of you considering using a RAID or a NAS as a data backup, please make sure you have another drive or drives with another copy of ALL of your data on them safely stored somewhere. Relying on your data in a stripe or mirror is just asking for disaster. In a Mirror, data can be copied to both drives, even if that data is corrupted or the data has errors, resulting in disastrous results. A hardware or software failure of the controller or software can result in loosing some or all of your data instantly. And that's before you factor in drive failures.
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