I have been in the market for a while for a NAS, its just been a matter of money. Well I did a lot of overtime at work and have some extra money and despite where it should go, I would like to get a NAS.
I have been looking mainly on these forums for older NAS reviews and so far the review on the Thecus N4100PRO found at http://legitreviews.com/article/888/1/ seems to fit my needs and has a decent price now. It has Hotswapable drives, which is the biggest thing for me, supports 2TB drives and I can find it for sub $400. I currently have 2 1TB WD green drives and at the time of purchase I will get 1 more 1TB drive and build a raid 5. This particular NAS has 4 bays so I can add in a spare when I can get another drive. I looked through the manual and it appears that I can upgrade the drives and raid type fairly easily in the future when I get more money for 2TB drives. All the features are a nice addition, though I really just care about the ability to use SMB for my windows computers.
I did some pricing to build my own NAS. I currently have a AMD X4 965 processor, A case, and a PSU. So all I would need is a backplane with hotswappable drives, Sata raid controller, Mobo, and RAM. What got me started to price out stuff is the hotswap backplane. A lot of the colo Servers at work have these guys:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817995004
and I was affraid that I needed a raid card to support it. Sure enough it needs its own Raid controller which alone was the deal breaker for me. A GOOD raid card will cost ya $250+ that supports raid 5/6/10. Getting the mobo, RAM, backplane came out to be about $300. I figured it was more financially sound to go ahead with the NAS.
So with that all being said, can anyone top me? Can anyone post a better NAS with 4x hotswapable drives for less than $400? I post this to see if my idea on all this is right and if anyone knows something I may not. So far the cheapest I have found the Thecus N4100PRO is for $375.