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I just got myself a 2TB drive (this one). I'd like it to be available to all the computers in the house. Is there a SATA enclosure available that turns a drive into an NAS?

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Plenty of choices there, e.g. this D-Link DNS-323 (2 bays for further expansion)

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or the EAGLE Consus series, single SATA drive NAS Enclosures.

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and about a gazillion others ... don't be shy, try your preferred search engine and look for 'SATA NAS enclosure'. :)

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Thx. Great answer, but dang, they are all really expensive. – AngryHacker Nov 28 '09 at 21:42
Tigerdirect offer a D-Link 2 bay enclosure for $90… – Molly7244 Nov 28 '09 at 22:10
@AngryHacker: USB enclosures can be really cheap because all they need is the USB-to-SATA bridge chip. to do NAS, you need a full-fledged microcomputer -- CPU, RAM, networking, etc. that's why they're more expensive. – quack quixote Nov 28 '09 at 22:41

freeNAS msi wind

I built my own similar to this guide.

  • MSI wind nettop single core on newegg.
  • 4gb CF flash with embedded freenas. 2 gb ram, 2x300gb drives in raid 1 (mirror)


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Although this question has already been answered, I'd like to point out the Windows Home Server machines, from either Acer or HP. They're around the same price as dedicated NAS boxes these days; and in addition to offering all of the same benefits, they're also servers that you can dedicate to other tasks on your network (automated backup of your whole house, for example).

I was looking for a NAS in the not-so-distant past, and settled on one of the MediaSmart servers from HP. Although I bought it before the prices dropped, I'm still quite happy with the machine. You probably would be too.

As far as "turning a hard drive into a NAS," which was your original question... all of the WHS machines allow you to add differently-sized hard drives to them as you like (typically they come with one drive preinstalled, leaving 3 free bays).

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good answer...+1 – studiohack Apr 28 '10 at 23:13

I'd also like to point out that lots of WAP routers now come with a USB port to attach a USB external drive which they then share to all internal network IP addresses. If you only have wired or wireless G, you could look for one of the wireless N WAP routers that support this feature. Then you'd only need a relatively cheap USB external case. While you are at it, see if you can find one with full gigabit wired ports as well.

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