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Optiplex micro as a low cost 6 bay NAS

I'm currently toying with the idea of creating a low cost <£200 6 bay 2.5" NAS based around an  second hand Optiplex micro from ebay.

is this even feasible?

if i put one of these into the primary m.2 slot

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https://www.orico.cc/usmobile/product/detail/id/7550

and connect it to one of these + external power + minor case modsashires_1-1644315367222.png

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Icy-Dock-ExpressCage-MB326SP-B-5-25-Inch/dp/B01MSFEAQI/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1YHF...8-1

would it even work?

and if so  how would it compare to one of these?

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Synology-DS620slim-Diskstation-DS620SLIM-External/dp/B07V1JMBVQ

any thoughts/help appreciated

Cheers

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I don't know, but a 4-bay Synology NAS would be MUCH better.

You can format as SHR (Synology Hybrid Raid-5) , and have 1-disk Fault Tolerance (with little loss of over-all space). It's also a whole miniature server. Load it up with quality drives and get a UPS-Battery for it (like a APC) and you are all set. 

If you must, you can start with 1-2 drives. 


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Well here it is - just a few bits and bobs to sort out but all working as expected. 1648371783750.jpg1648371783726.jpg

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Not a bad setup.  So how did you deal with all of the wires coming out of the micro?




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Hi Brad,

I was going to thread them through the spare opening on the back (mine has a vga port installed)

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 but decided to keep the VGA port as it gave me something to secure the SSD to.

so out came the Dremel 

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Hi, is it still working without issues?

Quick question: how do you supply power to the icy doc?
Do you use the Dell's power supply with extra long cables, or a separate PSU?

If separate PSU what type?
And don´t you have problems with ground potential differences between the internal Dell PSU and the external PSU?

Your setup is tempting to replicate, but I am genuinely concerned about power issues.

Thanks!

Luis

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Hi Luis,

its been running now for around 5 months without a single issue, I tidied up the internal cables a bit and put a passive heatsink on the pch chip to drop the temperature - it went from 65C to 55C - a personal choice only

To power the icy dock I bought a separate power supply - Lacie ACU057A-0512 - from ebay for £7.50 and replaced the connector with a standard molex one and connected it to a SATA power splitter. This provides both 5v and 12v to the dock

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Hope that helps

Stephen

 

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Great, thanks for the quick reply!

I am waiting for an ebay 7040 SFF to arrive, and your setup looks very tempting.

Cheers,

Luis

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