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Topic # 12865 10-Apr-2007 20:16
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Hi Everyone,

I am looking for a NAS that has support for:
two SATA HDD's.
Hot swapable drives
NON-PROPRIETARY

I want to be able to setup this box, and when I want to swap a drive out, I can just pull it out and put in a new drive.

It also needs to be cheap Tongue out Ive had a look around, and they all mention raid, which is not a requirement either.

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  Reply # 66775 11-Apr-2007 08:50
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Due to popular request, here is more info.

ideally 3.5" SATA drives.
any capacity, the bigger the better
Being used for network storage, as opposed to backups
Two is the minimum requirement
NON-PROPRIETARY, I meant you do not have to install software on all network PC's so as to access the HDD's.
And that when you take the drive out, you can chuck it into a new PC, and it will just go.

Ive seen some which look like they will only work inside the NAS and not in a PC.

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  Reply # 66796 11-Apr-2007 14:30

for only two SATA disks you could try using a simple bare-bones PC running http://www.openfiler.com/
it should meet all your requirements (with iSCSI initiators even) and configuration is easy with a web GUI (although for hot-swap SATA support check the motherboard and disks supports it)




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  Reply # 67484 18-Apr-2007 10:24
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You could also try NASLite from Server Elements www.serverelements.com for a simple NAS solution on a low spec PC.  Not sure about SATA hot swapping though, I think that would depend on the hardware.  No security though so that may be an issue in some installations.

I use it on my home network and have had no porblems at all with it.




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