Hi guys. I need more storage space. For about 3-4 years, I have been running a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo and I have absolutely no complaints; it's a great little unit. I also have one here at my office that I maintain for a buddy & his office that they access remotely, and it works well for them too. I'm about at capacity on mine, though, and have been looking at my options. What's largely responsible for rapidly eating my space are movies. I also have around 30 or so DVDs that I'd like to rip, compress, and store on my NAS so I can get rid of the physical discs. My duo can only hold 2TB total (2x2TB drives mirrored). I just checked and it will not support the new 3TB drives. I really have my eye on the Netgear Ultra 6, which is a 6-bay device that DOES support the new 3-TB drives. But again, I'm weighing all my options and have given some thought to building my own NAS using FreeNAS. My main goals are reliability and performance. I'm a little concerned with FreeNAS that it will (obviously) be a much more involved process, and I just don't know if I want the bother, especially when I'm probably only saving $2-$300 over the Ultra 6. I was thinking that I have several old PCs sitting around, so I could just convert them into NAS, but the reality is, with the capacity that I want, I'll have to get a purpose-built case that can hold up to around 8 drives, and of course will need a Mobo with at least 6 SATA ports, etc. etc. etc....you see where I'm going with that. The PC's I have are pretty old (P4, not much RAM) but most important, have IDE only....so, as I've been thinking this out more, it becomes more clear I'd really have to build something from scratch to get what I really want, which is a high-capacity (and high potential for expansion) and high-performance unit. All my stuff in my office is gigabit with Cat6 cables, yet the best my little Duo can muster for file transfers is around 30mb/sec - it's just at the limits of its hardware. It streams HD video to my TV media player just fine, though. I also have taken a brief look at Windows Home Server as an option - any thoughts there? I guess I'm really leaning towards the ReadyNAS because I'm already familiar with them, I've sold several to clients and they work well for them, and they are simple. Expansion and replacement of failed drives is a snap; just pop in new drives, let it sit, and expansion/replacement happens automatically. I guess I'm kind of making my own decision here; I'm really leaning towards the ReadyNAS Ultra 6....it's $800 without any drives. Seems to me that I couldn't build a NAS for less than about $500....not sure if the potential headaches (and at the very least, time spent learning the new system) are worth saving a few hundred $$$. Anyway, just wanted some more input. Thank you!! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!