NAS Drive vs Budget Desktop PC Server Build


Synology NAS + Versus A Custom FreeNAS Build -


There’s no denying it NAS are expensive devices. It’s never really been a secret that when you buy a Synology or QNAP NAS, half of what you’re paying for isn’t the hardware, but the software included. It is no different from when you buy a PC for the home, you aren’t just buying a CPU, memory and a computer to put it in – in order for a PC to function you need to purchase an operating system. Similarly, when you buy a NAS, you are buying both the hardware for the NAS Server and the software that lives upon it. The cost of NAS can often put people off when they realised that the CPU and memory inside could easily be out-built by a customised PC. Custom built NAS is not a new thing and for those who feel brave enough it is certainly an option worth considering. So today I want to look at one of the most popular Synology NAS devices you can buy in the market today, the Synology DS918+, and compare it against a FreeNAS custom build where you buy all of the hardware components individually to see which is best for your data.

Where possible we’re going to conform to as many of the standard put down by the hardware and software of Synology ds918. where we have exceeded the hardware available on this now as we have done so simply because it’s impossible to commercially by the smaller quantity of that resource. of course this is a guide and you can exceed the hardware provided below if you want to use a NAS server superior in hardware than the Synology.

Below I have broken down the components you will need and how each compares. So, let us get started with out NAS and FreeNAS comparison.

FreeNAS Build Versus Synology NAS – What should you buy?

When it comes to the free NAS software you literally cannot do better than ‘FreeNAS’. Over the years numerous network attached storage providing software has risen some paid for, some freeware, but by far the best is FreeNAS. Arriving in Multiple versions, as well as a paid version too, the sheer level of research and development that has gone into the FreeNAS software is truly unrivalled by other third-party NAS software providers. So straight away the first thing you’re going to need to do is download the FreeNAS software using the link below. it should arrive in ISO form or other forms of image that you will need to pop on a USB stick/BUrn to disc depending on the version and type of installation.

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