If the PC is mostly for backing up – and not games, or high performance, what config would you recommend ?
Definitely dedicated NAS. In the long-term, electricity usage is cheaper than running old computer as NAS 24/7
it depend on what kodels you buy...go onto google and start comparing prices
Processor:celeron g555 will do.
8gb 1066 mhz ram<-these are cheap
Any H77/z77 chipset MoBo with 8 sata ports(some is sata 6gbps,some 3gbps)
Corsair CX500 power supply
Any random case with 8 hdd slots and is not designed to overheat easily
Your hard drives
If you already have an old PC... it doesn't need to be very powerful. This way you only have to pay the disks.
Why it should be always on ? we are talking here about making backup, not creating a network drive to host home media on.
Agreed, it's depend on capacity of backup data, right amount of bucks to right needs :), btw if for simplicity of installation or usage and if there is a need for bigger data to keep as backup, I personally prefer NAS :-bd
Drobo FS. The more expensive route but has a huge upside with no RAID management and you can always expand the capacity with bigger drives on the fly when you find that 2TB drive for $75 on sale in a few months.
NAS all the way. Many people recommend things like FreeNAS, but in my experience it's a chore to set up and is extremely unreliable. I've never had it run consecutively for more than 2 weeks before failing to boot. And troubleshooting it isn't even remotely an option unless you're a professional Linux admin and can troubleshoot their horribly obtuse error messages.
i would say NAS...
if your pc is connected to the internet i would advise you to use NAS because you NEVER KNOW and you should take it from cuz i' ve been there good luck.
any pc should work, if you have something old and working. but still be careful because it uses so much more power then nas which is also much simpler to configure....
I agree with Jack Cola...
Freenas is your best option. You can install it on the most basic of systems. With a list of features and plugins that competes with some of the best paid solutions.
The best solution a cheap PC with freenas open source NAS running on it.
A small cheap barebones PC with a RAID card and then your HDDs.
Probably get a PC and install http://www.freenas.org/ on it
PC File Server vs. NAS
you can go for some external devices or you can use google drive for online storing
I guess that is what he asks. Google drive has limited capacity and everything you store there can be used by google (even after you cancel this service).
(+) cheaper to buy
(-) more power consumption
(-) expensive to buy
(-) you are stuck with the OS of the producer
(+) consume less power
Thanks, Leon! Such a useful summarised comparison - thank you.
Ah. And if you choose pc build. Check out:
I heard good things about it. Personaly i use freenas,
but intend to switch.