Is it cheaper to use a PC or NAS to host 8 backup hard drives?

Joseph Videtto December 2, 2012

If the PC is mostly for backing up – and not games, or high performance, what config would you recommend ?


  1. Ales Mole
    December 24, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Definitely dedicated NAS. In the long-term, electricity usage is cheaper than running old computer as NAS 24/7

  2. Alison Gent
    December 13, 2012 at 5:04 am

    it depend on what kodels you buy...go onto google and start comparing prices

  3. Giggity Goebbels
    December 10, 2012 at 1:13 am

    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

  4. Ramón García
    December 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    If you already have an old PC... it doesn't need to be very powerful. This way you only have to pay the disks.

  5. Achraf Almouloudi
    December 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Why it should be always on ? we are talking here about making backup, not creating a network drive to host home media on.

  6. 'Ngkong Themin
    December 4, 2012 at 3:41 am

    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

  7. Scott Pickett
    December 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    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.

  8. Mark
    December 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    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.

  9. Adeel Azhar
    December 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    i would say NAS...

  10. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    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.

  11. Mihovil Pletikos
    December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    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....

  12. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    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.

  13. Alex Perkins
    December 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    A small cheap barebones PC with a RAID card and then your HDDs.

  14. Jack Cola
    December 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Probably get a PC and install on it

  15. ha14
    December 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    PC File Server vs. NAS

  16. Rakesh Mishra
    December 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

    you can go for some external devices or you can use google drive for online storing

    • Leon
      December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

      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).

      PC backup:
      (+) cheaper to buy
      (+) customisable
      (-) more power consumption

      Dedicated NAS
      (-) expensive to buy
      (-) you are stuck with the OS of the producer
      (+) consume less power

      • Shahbaz Amin
        December 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

        Thanks, Leon! Such a useful summarised comparison - thank you.

        • Leon
          December 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

          Ah. And if you choose pc build. Check out:

          I heard good things about it. Personaly i use freenas,
          but intend to switch.

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