NAS storage plans for my home network
I'm considering replacing my Desktop and / or NAS... Here's my thought process.
- I have a very old Desktop Machine which was somewhat replaced in function by this NAS a while ago. The desktop is used for Scanning purposes (only now).
- Netgear READYNAS 104 - Approx 6 years old.
- Total of 4x 2TB drives, in RAID 5 config offering 5.44TB of usable disk space.
- 4.09GB of 5.44TB free space - I've used only 24.8% of my available space.
- This services my important business files for Splodge.
- Additionally, it helps to service two home users.
- Stores photos and documents.
- Stores music.
- It was bought as a storage replacement for the desktop machine as it's less hungry on power and running a desktop for it's network storage 24/7 seemed to be a little overkill. - Also it had no redundancy whereas the NAS does.
I'm keen to run a shared scanner from this but I'm concerned about adding load onto this unit given that it does struggle a little with performance. - Given it's age, I'm considering replacing this with a newer unit (and disks), moving all of my critical content off it and onto the newer unit and then loading this up with guff.
Plan? I have options:
- Replace the NAS with a newer one, shift all of the content off it and onto the newer on.
- Load the newer one with all of the content, then run guff on the older one.
- Replace the old one entirely with the new one, simply move off it, run guff on the new one.
- Replace the Desktop machine with a newer desktop. - Why? What type? PC / Mac? Hmm...
- Move all content off the Desktop onto the existing NAS, load Ubuntu onto the old desktop, see what I can get going in the way of scanner software.
Why do I need to replace the NAS? It's not failed, it still runs storage functions fine...
- Simple concern over age.
- Performance is ok if I don't add additional types of usage to it.
- Capacity is fine.
- It's not failed.
- It's supported and still being updated.
- It's very functional.
Ok, so the old desktop is a 32 bit machine, it's got limited RAM, it's running Vista. It's virus definitions are out of date as it's not been fired up in almost a whole year.
- I'm moving content off it now onto the NAS into a folder called 'Dell-Desktop-Final'.
- I'm going to load Ubuntu onto this machine then get Scanner Drivers loaded and see if I can share them from there.
There are instructions online for getting the ReadyNAS sharing the scanner using SANE. - https://community.netgear.com/t5/New-to-ReadyNAS/Duo-Sharing-a-scanner-using-Sane/td-p/659762
This should equally apply to an Ubuntu image also capable of using APT.
Let's go with the Ubuntu-desktop route instead. 🙂