but I also have several other low-watt NAS's running for rsyncing my stuff to.
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou !!
I've been trying to justify to myself getting a NAS box when I already have a perfectly good (spare made out of scavenged parts) desktop running Ubuntu running as a RAID-5 NAS. Only thing is, the backups are not automatic, and I hate to have it running all the time sucking power, so it shuts off after 20 minutes of idle and we have to run a WOL script to wake it up when we want to use it. Try explaining to your wife whywhenever she wants to run Picasa to work with her vacation picturesshe has to click on the "wake_up_igor" icon and then wait 2 minutes. ;-(
But, ah!!…. A small, low-power NAS sitting on the bookshelf next to the router and DSL modem, all powered up 24/7, with the RAID-5 PC sitting in the basement waking up once a week to do a 2nd level backup………beautiful idea. Wouldn't even need a UPS on the Linux PC. Wouldn't even need to have it do a BIOS-timed wakeup, WOL would do just fine.
Now I just have to decide which NAS box would be the best buy. Any informed recommendations or suggestions?
I'm now thinking maybe a single-disk NAS might do just fine. Maybe with a cheap 5400 RPM 2TB Samsung drive? Or maybe move 1 or 2 of my WD Black 750GB drives to the NAS and put 5400rpm drive(s) on the PC?