Best way to store one terabyte?

Petabox - 100TB in a rack
I’ve gotten quite some response on my Netgear SC101 post (in short: they don’t always work). There’s some catharsis in bashing inferior products, but at the end of the day, how DOES on store lots of data securely? Let’s make this more specific: how would you store 1 terabyte (1000 GB) of data on your desktop?
Let take these as requirements:

  • raw storage: 1TB or more (if used with RAID-0 striping or JBOD config)
  • redundant storage: RAID-1: leaves 500GB, RAID-5: leaves 660GB to 800GB
  • affordable: anything higher that €2000 (2$/GB) is not an option
  • accessible via either Firewire/USB or Ethernet (Gigabit)
  • accessible by Mac, PC and Linux
  • preferably not rack-mounted (who has a 19″ rack at home)
  • hot-swappable disks are a big advantage

What have you tried and what are you happy with?

Some possible theoretical options:

Direct attached drive
e.g. Lacie Biggest F800 1GB, 4-disk S-ATA: €1299
meets requirements? YES. Only Firewire + USB
Network attached storage
e.g. Maxtor Shared Storage II 1GB, 2-disk: €899
meets requirements? YES. Only Ethernet
Lacie Ethernet disk would not work: it’s rackmounted and has no RAID
Build your own server
e.g. Dell PowerEdge SC430 with 2 x SATA 500GB drives and Linux: around €1000
meets requirements? YES. Only Ethernet

For me, the only solution I have experienced to be 100% reliable is building a dedicated PC with a hardware RAID card. What is your experience?

6 thoughts on “Best way to store one terabyte?”

  1. Ik heb een tijd met een dedicated linuxpc gewerkt met daarin 6 schijven van 250GB als JBOD (met LVM), maar toen die het na anderhalf jaar een na een begonnen te begeven – leve backups – toch maar overgeschakeld naar een Lacie biggest disk 1.6TB in RAID5 (firewire 800). Wordt gebruikt in een gigabit ethernet netwerk met macs, linuxpc’s en een windowsmachine en absoluut geen klagen van.

  2. Hi:

    I suggest you 2 INTEL NAS SS4400-E and 8 x 500 GB SATA HD.
    The first is configured in RAID 0 (2000 GB).
    The second (for backups purposes of the first) is configured in RAID 5.

    I just purchase it in my company.
    Totally awesome !!

    Total cost: 2.100 €

    If you need more informations, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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