I’ve been a power user at home and always stores my data in my daily 6TB hard drive but once photos/videos came in I started adding them to a 4bay legacy drobo, 2TB Seagate portable and blu ray 25GB discs. So you can safely say that my data are all over the place.
I decided to spend some $$ to have a NAS at home to store a) Photos/Videos and maybe use PLEX so that it’s easily viewable from PC, laptop, phone, ps4 etc at least when I am home b)Store project files since I am designing things here and there c) store some video whenever I do video production related project.
Of course all of the above I want the data to be organized and protected. A setup that can sustain failure even if 2 drives fail simultaneously I believe is a RAID10 so I need a motherboard with at least 4 or 6 SATA and an add-on PCI card for the rest.
I’ve been reading different setup configurations and feedback but here’s my main concern:
Say I built a FreeNAS setup and down the road I want to expand on HDD total capacity, is it easy to just hot swap the old drives with new as you would do on a drobo or synology?
In case another part of the entire setup dies, mobo or RAM and you can’t find the same part to replace it, what happens? How do you regain access to your data and is it a higher risk than having a drobo or synology?
What do you think about the fractal design 804 box?
Do I really need a dual xeon server motherboard to achieve the above? They do go up to 288GB RAM and since it’s recommended to have 1GB RAM per 1TB drive, my system can have expandability up to 288TB!!!
Last but not least I have a 1Gb switch so I don’t think I can benefit if I get a 10Gb NIC card on the FreeNAS
I hope you can help with your advice and feedback because I am really on a dilemma if I should proceed with a built or buy a synology, but also I am tight with $$ can’t spend 500$ for a diskless box.