NAS or…?

Technology dilemma of the day: how to increase network storage for 500+ incoming DVD images. NAS? Or just more disk on the existing server? Or a new server?

External enclosures for up to 4 drives are pretty inexpensive. I can attach one to my home Ubuntu server via an eSATA port. But I think I will end up having to do software RAID for that. Most of the enclosures I have seen do not get high marks from reviewers for their internal RAID abilities. If they even have any. Of course I can just use it as JBOD, but that really makes me nervous. It’s not that the data will be irreplaceable — once ripped, the DVDs will be stored, not sold or donated. I will honor the spirit of the copyright law. So it’s just that redoing it will be so damn much work.

QNAP

QNAP TS-451+

The alternatives are things like the QNAP TS-451, which will cost enough that it makes me wonder. should I just build another server? But two servers for a residence of two humans and two cats seems excessive.

Help! Say random things in the comments to nudge me in a direction that will get me to a solution.


Originally published at Kahomono — It Means Lucky.

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