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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a Pi4 laying around doing nothing, (4gb version) and I was thinking of putting it up as a NAS for our house.


I know you can do it with Raspebian, OMV or others. That is not the issue.


The problem I have is, All I have are OLD HDDS. (maybe dating back to 2005) 2x Green WD's are newer, but not really ever meant for a NAS.


Should I get some SSD externals and hook it up via USB3, or should I be looking at 3-6TB HDDs? In anyone, I'd probably take 2 of each and software RAID 1 them.


Is there a certain external HDD/SSD case, or perhaps an external drive that doesn't cost a heap?


I want to keep this low as possible, but not that cheapo crap that we never heard the name of. Give me an eyeball.

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Since I expect you're limited to the onboard 1Gbit NIC USB SSDs would be a wasted expense. Better off using what you have.


The Software RAID implementations I like I've never tested over USB and I've not heard others trying and succeeding.


Depending on how much storage you need you could take two of the drives and setup a RSYNC job to copy everything from one to the other. Kind of a rudimentary RAID1.

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58 minutes ago, Windows7ge said:

The Software RAID implementations I like I've never tested over USB and I've not heard others trying and succeeding.

I've only tried Btrfs, but it worked fine over USB.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well, it's mounted the same way, even with USB. So I don't see an issue here.


What I DO need is a HDD Enclosure. One that doesn't cost an arm and leg.


And of course, new HDDs. I think 3-4TBs would be enough for this house.


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As it's only hardware you need, give Aliexpress a whirl for something suitable that won't break the bank. Alternatively, obtain an old, used and empty PC case, salvage the HDD cage and purchase some USB3<->SATA adapters and a fan that you mount on the side/front and away you go.

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I'd get 2 2 drive over a single quad for the better throughput and if raid is set up right 1 could die and no interruptions.

with older drives run RAID 1 and turn off spin down

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