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So... i decided to build my own "NAS" and file server, where all my windows PC backups will back up to.

i had no more SATA ports available in my main rig, so i had to solve that problem. I got every drive for free as they were either used from old builds, or i got them straight from singapore. The total capacity is around 2.85 TB.

i made my own custom case, taking as little room as possible. It took me about 3 work hours to cut up the old case, bend new sheet metal and spot weld it all together. I added a bit of spray paint to make it look decent.

The APU i got for free - which explains the motherboard: an A85 chipset to accommodate 8 hard drives natively. i got the motherboard from NCIX outlet on eBay, and the shipping was what brought the price up from 50$ +tax.

The motherboard BIOS is GARBAGE. that 3d bios is just plain garbage. mouse stutters in UEFI but cmon. optimize it better please, Gigabyte.

Dont hate on the OCZ powersupply... i bought it a long time ago and it has been running solidly. its better than the DEER one i extracted from the old case.

The RAM was also free, given from a buddy of mine. i know 8gb is overkill, but free is better! so all in all, the price of this "NAS" was 75$ and a couple man hours :P please provide constructive criticism and feedback, thanks!

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool, it is badass watching it come together in the pictures, I don't know anything about welding but this shows the possibilities it creates! What do you mean by getting hard drives for free "straight from singapore"? I don't hold it against you in the slightest for making this awesome project, it must have been fun to build, my only practical criticism is that you could have bought one 3TB drive for $115, not too much more than the motherboard, and put it into your main rig, and singlehandedly dwarfed the capacity of these 8 drives.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! my cousin works at IBM in singapore, so he had a lot of harddrives available to me. my mom went and brought em back xD i enjoyed the building process haha (skipped class to do it). as for the larger harddrives, i made it 8 Bay so i can replace the smaller drives with more 3tb down the road :)

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great project +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case :P

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! the whole thing is REALLY heavy.... almost 60 pounds ;___;

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

:O

I wouldn't lift that up...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Why an APU? Do you need graphics really?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

the APU is an engineering sample, i got it from a friend for free.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

And a 4TB hard drive costs $175...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

aaand the whole build costed me 100$ less.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job, hahah it was funny to see all the hd

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i added a 3 terabyte drive last night :D 5 TB in total now!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so cool!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) How did you stumble upon this super old build??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Idk lol, just Pcpp surfing

  • 72 months ago
  • -3 points

8 gb of ram on a storge center. a waste in my mind but hey not my computer nice build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

FREE is the concept behind this build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

oh are you like hosing a server on here i thought it was just for storge my bad

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

am using freeNAS atm, but will check out unRAID if it is much more convenient when swapping drives out