OK, so I might be beating down the wrong path with SSDs.
I'd spent a long time working on storage systems in days gone by. Figured that the latest would be the greatest.
Might keep it simple for now and get a 4 bay "something" with a few mechanical drives. At least I will be able to do a rebuild should one die.
Thanks for all of your opinions and insights, I really appreciate them.
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How about you go overkill on safety, and just smash some enterprise level drives on there. Or, close to it and get some 'RED' or 'NAS' drives?
650~1TB NAS drives are often single platter, so only '1 moving surface' and '1 read head' to make you feel better inside :)
$84 Will get you a 750GB RED (nas rated) HDD.
They have a nice 'cool' slow spin speed, but are very fast thanks to being single platter.
4 of those, in RAID6, would be more stability than you could poke a stick at.
You'd get 1.4TB of space, the ability to lose 50% of your drives before you suffered any data loss, and the cost would be quite cheap.
If it were me, I'd be getting:
A Proliant Microserver ($280)
4 of those RED drives. ($336)
Then installing OpenMediaVault (or Ubuntu, or FreeNAS, or paying an additional $59 USD for UnRAID basic, whatever flavour floats your boat)
OMV is one of the friendliest and most polished 'dedicated OS' out there though.
Then I'd be going RAID6, and calling it a day!
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