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Looking to upgrade my file "server" to a better solution.

I currently use 2 of these - LINK [newegg.com] for media storage. I use 7 of the 8 bays at this time.

I think one of them has crapped out and won't turn on any longer. Still working on it to see if I can troubleshoot it.

Anyway, looking for a better solution that doesn't have to be connected directly to my PC as these are via eSata.

So, immediately thought of NAS that can connect via network. My house is cabled with Cat 6 and have space in my component closet to store some devices.

If I connect drives to a NAS device, can they be loaded as JBOD? Or would I have to use RAID on them? Obviously I don't know much about them.

Any suggestions that won't completely break the bank and might work for what I want?

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7 or 8 bays? Time to move to bigger hard drives, 4-6tb. Keep the old drives as backups

Synology and Qnap are decent choices.
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7 or 8 bays? Time to move to bigger hard drives, 4-6tb. Keep the old drives as backups

Synology and Qnap are decent choices.
I agree with this, No idea on if the old drives would just plug and play (into the new NAS) and expect the RAID to rebuild. My feeling is it would not.

Since OP has a house wired with Cat6 a NAS is the natural choice. I tend to do more research into this, later this year as I just finished wiring my house for Ethernet.
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Looking to upgrade my file "server" to a better solution.

I currently use 2 of these - LINK [newegg.com] for media storage. I use 7 of the 8 bays at this time.

I think one of them has crapped out and won't turn on any longer. Still working on it to see if I can troubleshoot it.

Anyway, looking for a better solution that doesn't have to be connected directly to my PC as these are via eSata.

So, immediately thought of NAS that can connect via network. My house is cabled with Cat 6 and have space in my component closet to store some devices.

If I connect drives to a NAS device, can they be loaded as JBOD? Or would I have to use RAID on them? Obviously I don't know much about them.

Any suggestions that won't completely break the bank and might work for what I want?
How much space are you using now?

NASs tend to be RAID, so you'd need to build an array. Given how many disks you're using now, I'd suggest, as the other posters did, that you buy new, bigger drives, and just transfer the stuff off the existing drives (that you can). You may be able to copy the data off the working unit, move the drives from the non-working to the working, and then copy data off of it. Don't worry about putting the old drives into the NAS.

The downside to this solution is the price. Without knowing how much space you're looking at, I'll assume your existing drives are 1 TB. A 4-bay Synology will be ~$400 and 4 4 TB drives (giving you ~12 TB of storage - enough to hold everything you have plus some growing room) can be another $300+, putting the total cost at $700 or more. The nice thing about Synology is they make it easy to add drives in the future, so if you wanted to only get 3 drives now that would cut the price a little bit. Depending on your storage needs, you could go with a 2-bay unit instead with bigger disks, though I think the 4-bay would be a better choice long term, especially if your media collection continues to grow.
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How much space are you using now?

NASs tend to be RAID, so you'd need to build an array. Given how many disks you're using now, I'd suggest, as the other posters did, that you buy new, bigger drives, and just transfer the stuff off the existing drives (that you can). You may be able to copy the data off the working unit, move the drives from the non-working to the working, and then copy data off of it. Don't worry about putting the old drives into the NAS.

The downside to this solution is the price. Without knowing how much space you're looking at, I'll assume your existing drives are 1 TB. A 4-bay Synology will be ~$400 and 4 4 TB drives (giving you ~12 TB of storage - enough to hold everything you have plus some growing room) can be another $300+, putting the total cost at $700 or more. The nice thing about Synology is they make it easy to add drives in the future, so if you wanted to only get 3 drives now that would cut the price a little bit. Depending on your storage needs, you could go with a 2-bay unit instead with bigger disks, though I think the 4-bay would be a better choice long term, especially if your media collection continues to grow.
Currently have about 12GB of files across 7 drives. Granted not all of the 7 are full. I do agree several should be upgraded to larger drives. Have a few 1-1.5GB drives mixed in with 2GB and 3GB drives as well.

Will look into the NAS and keep eye out on some SD's on the drives. Not in a huge hurry or a necessity to move it all right away, so I can be patient and hopefully not have to spend a fortune on a solution.
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Currently have about 12GB of files across 7 drives. Granted not all of the 7 are full. I do agree several should be upgraded to larger drives. Have a few 1-1.5GB drives mixed in with 2GB and 3GB drives as well.

Will look into the NAS and keep eye out on some SD's on the drives. Not in a huge hurry or a necessity to move it all right away, so I can be patient and hopefully not have to spend a fortune on a solution.

Are you sure you don't mean TB not GB?
1GB hard drives were introduced by IBM in 1991 Smilie
1TB drives were 2007 Smilie

Hugely different games here if we are actually talking GB.

In general you want to put all the same make and model of drives in a NAS or Raid array. Most raid controllers can deal with different drives but it's generally better performance if they are all the same. You also want to get drives that are built to go into a NAS or Raid array not just general "consumer" drives.
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Are you sure you don't mean TB not GB?
1GB hard drives were introduced by IBM in 1991 Smilie
1TB drives were 2007 Smilie

Hugely different games here if we are actually talking GB.

In general you want to put all the same make and model of drives in a NAS or Raid array. Most raid controllers can deal with different drives but it's generally better performance if they are all the same. You also want to get drives that are built to go into a NAS or Raid array not just general "consumer" drives.

Yes, read what I mean, not what I say! LOL!

Understood about the drives. Thanks again.
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