After losing data to a few dead external hard drives over the years, I decided it was finally time to make the move to a proper NAS.
For now, my needs are pretty simple - just needed for data storage and network share for Kodi streams. So, I started with a hand-me-down Dell Optiplex 790 I had sitting around and threw in a few drives.
|SSD Cache||Samsung 840 120GB||$0|
|SATA Cables||3-pack SATA cable||$6|
|Case Fans||Arctic F9 90mm||$8|
|Fans||Arctic P8 80mm||2x$8|
|Fan Leads||5Pin to 4Pin Fan Adapter Cable||$2|
|Unraid Drive||SanDisk 32GB Flash||$7|
|Storage Drives||HP MB4000GCWDC 4TB||2x$72|
|Storage Drives||Hitachi HUA723020ALA641 2TB||$0|
|Drive Bay||EverCool Dual 5.25" to Triple 3.5" Bay||$29|
Once I installed the EverCool Drive Bay, I couldn’t get the front panel back on. Some sand paper and elbow grease and it now fits like a glove.
Drives in the EverCool Drive Bay are hitting ~45 C after hours of reads/writes. Still waiting on the fan leads to arrive from China. Should be within the next week or so then I can get the fans wired up and replace the loud stock ones.
Planned upgrades -
Purchasing SAS controller, SAS > SATA/SAS breakouts, and SATA Power splitters in order to add a few more drives.
Big thanks to everyone on Discord for all of your help through the process!