I am after a lot of space as inexpensively and simply as I can, to link to 3 pcs and some WD TV Live media players. I don't need RAID, as I can use USB drives on a shelf for the backup option, and I don't need uber fancy (I don't see it as needing to stream more than 2 video streams, likely only one, and I won't be transferring material onto it at the same time it is coming off. At the moment it will mostly have to handle a large archive of SD material, but HD will increasingly be stored and streamed as well. One of the WDs will be wired, the other will be fed wirelessly (due to cabling complications). All I really need is a cheap, large and comparatively dumb storage pool attached to a network.
I have almost settled on the Lian Li EX40 NAS box (4x SATA bays) that Ascent is selling for $450NZ. Initially it will hold about 3-4TB of material on 2 discs, and provides headroom for the collection to grow as it will hit 8TB when I fully populate it with drives.
Quite a bit simpler and lower power than the HP server cldlr76 references, although obviously not as capable either.
Has anyone tried this unit, or similar?