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Mark8par Calculating status...
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Mar 23, 2013 6:25 AM

I am looking for a server to use with our small home business and would like to also store all of our personal data as well, just to centralise everything. Would also want to run in raid so I have a backup and I think doing this I would not need to run any other backup ie time machine etc.  any help appreciated.


Thank you

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 9:04 AM (in response to Mark8par)

    How much data are you wanting to store and are you after hardware RAID or will a software RAID do? And for that matter, Are there specific OS X Server services that you're after that would rule out going NAS on its own?


    While there are plenty of other questions to ask it's your storage requirements that will guide you into one direction or other.

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to Mark8par)

    Given you're not after services outside of file sharing/media serving you may want to skip OS X server and go with simply a better NAS unit. The Synology DiskStation units might fit the bill for you.


    With iTunes, if it's just the two of you then my suggestion is usually to just to activate both iTunes accounts in each other's iTunes libraries and just use iTunes Home Sharing to move stuff about. Yes it means needing up double the storage but if you manage your storage nicely the higher cost of larger drives is negated by a simpler management (each does their own). I agree it's becoming more and more difficult but there are plenty of solutions out there that should suit your individual needs. Pity Apple haven't pulled their fingers out and implemented an iLife Server that centralises our ever increasing media.

  • ebrind Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to infinite vortex)

    I agree with infinite vortex. There are additional apps on the Synology you might find useful as well. 

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to Mark8par)

    Oh, you never said you already had the Mac mini. Yes, that would work. If you're not happy with a Synology NAS there are plenty of others to choose from if you opt for a NAS path. Just be aware that to get to 8-10TB of storage space you're going to need quite a deal more of actual storage.


    RAID mirroring is about service uptime and data integrity. It doesn't negate the need for Time Machine if in fact you wish to restore something. They complement each other rather than negate each other. I use both myself, RAID 1 for my OS and data partitions and Time Machine… plus other things which I won't get into. For 2 TB of actual storage I have 3 x 2TB drives (actual disk utilisation and data change rates allows me to have a smaller TM drive which otherwise should be a 4TB drive).


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