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Set up a NAS with an external bay compartment?

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Hi, I recently started to think on making my own NAS to solve some of my space problem, however buying something from scratch is not an option. Recently I came across a video showing how to make a laptop in to a NAS using a USB to boot the TrueNAS software from, and the HD or SSD use in the main storage was just to store data. So, it got me thinking. Could I be able to use and external Hard Drive enclosure to add more storage to the laptop NAS? for now I am using 4-bay enclosure connected to my main PC with an eSATA, however it can be connected to any laptop using USB. This got me thinking, would I be able to use  an external enclose for the NAS?. I repair laptops and computers mostly just hard drive replacement, reinstall of operating system and other common issues. I have many old laptop hard drives that I have fully formatted and the previous laptop owners did not want, even after explaining to them that it can be use for additional storage.

 

So I was thinking of using this hard drives as additional storage for the laptop NAS. The hard drives are working fine, they are just slow because, well they are old.  I do not want put them on the trash but I have no other use for them. There are no recycle places for electronics near my city. So any advice or recommendation that you have would be appreciated, as I am new to the NAS storage thing.

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looks like a general misconception that you need a nas system to share files.

you can use any file sharing protocol on top of windows like windows file sharing, samba or ftp.

 

to answer the question, yes you can have external drive for nas.

but having another system just to run it seems redundant to me.

the best application for that enclosure is through esata which is much faster than transferring through lan.

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How big are these laptop drives, and what's their total capacity? How much will it cost you in adapters and time to get them running, compared to just buying a new, faster, bigger external drive?

 

If you only need extra storage on one machine, more local storage is preferable to a network share. The main reason to build a NAS is to share an always-on (and preferably resilient) pool of storage space among multiple devices. Building a NAS for just one client is putting a 1 Gb/sec bottleneck on your storage for no reason.

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