I currently have a 4 bay Synology DS920+ with 4 x 10TB Ironwolf NAS drives in a RAID 10.
When I set this up I wasn’t wildly sure what I was doing (as you can probably tell from the configuration), but I wanted to dabble so I thought it was best to just give it a go and work it out from there.
Since having it, it’s become primarily a Plex server which is used across my house and by my parents (and a few friends on occasion) but because of the configuration, I’ve got 17TB of usable space and I’ve used up over 13TB of it.
I’ve decided that I want to get something bigger and more future-proofed due to the rate that I’m filling this up. To be perfectly frank I don’t know what route to go down. I like the ease of use/look of the Synology unit and it panders to my overall lack of knowledge.
I posted on another sub some time ago and a really helpful chap was advising me to build my own NAS out of an old PC I’ve got sitting around, but it’s massive and I don’t know what I’m doing (I know I can learn, but I’ve got a busy job and an 18 month old so the ‘off the shelf’ option looks attractive, although I may have made this more complicated in my head).
What would you all suggest for the future unit/drives/RAID setup? (I was thinking about some combo of 16TB drives plus the 4 x 10TB from my current unit).
I’m happy to recycle the drives in my current unit but I would need to set something up to recycle them into as I don’t have 13+TB of storage lying about currently to transfer the data into while this happens.
Really grateful for your views and advice!
EDIT: PC specs I can turn into the NAS – need to dig it out and work out how many drives the case can handle..
Case BE QUIET! DARK BASE PRO 900 FULL TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-7740X (4.3GHz) 8MB Cache
Motherboard Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 3 PRO: ATX, USB 3.1, SATA 6 GB/s – RGB Ready
Memory (RAM) 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3000MHz (4 x 8GB)
Graphics Card 11GB ASUS ROG STRIX GEFORCE GTX 1080 Ti – DVI, HDMI, DP
1st Storage Drive 4TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5″ HDD, 6GB/s, 5400RPM, 256MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive 2TB SAMSUNG 960 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 2100MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader USB 3.0 EXTERNAL SD/MICRO SD CARD READER
Power Supply CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling Corsair H110i Hydro Cooler w/ PCS Liquid Series Ultra Quiet Fans