Using today’s pricing, I recalculated the cost of our QNAP TS-109 Pro-based home storage solution:
- QNAP TS-109 Pro II (256 MB RAM vs Pro’s 128 MB RAM): $230
- 3 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB SATA 3.5″ Drives (vs 3 x 500 MB drives): $85 * 3 = $255
- 2 x Antec MX-1 eSATA Enclosures: $40 x 2 = $80
Total = $565
Update: A colleague of mine pointed out the availability of 1 TB eSATA drive + enclosure for only $70! It’s not clear how the drive compares in performance to the Seagate drive listed above. Nor is it clear if the drive can be easily removed and put into the QNAP if and when the QNAP’s internal drive dies. But the price is pretty compelling. Taking this route would reduce the overall solution to $440. (Assuming you moved one of the 1 TB drives to the QNAP from the start).
Which gives us double the storage capacity of the original solution and double the memory on the NAS server. Compared to the $815 spent on the original solution, the up-to-date solution saves $250!
Not bad considering the capacity improvements.