Hi again, as I want to stop wasting time looking through my files on different, archived hard drives, I would like to build a NAS that would meet the following requirements: - full encryption of some hard drives - 4 to 6 SATA 6Gbps ports. - software RAID 0 or 1, or JBOD (will depend upon tested performance) - Able to saturate Gigabit port (Older, but significantly large HDD I own cannot, as tested by hdparm on a eSATA computer) - silent (mandatory as I don't want to turn it off manually. CPU underclocking is considered) - email server - AFP for Time Machine server - Torrent client - SFTP server - execute either Motion or ZoneMinder (undecided, but power requirements won't conflict with file server since no recording will be made while FS is active, and vice-versa) - USB 3.0 external port for sharing external HDD, printer. - At most 5 machines will access the content at any time. So I am talking about low usage, Software is yet to be decided, but since Black Friday-Cyber Monday sales will continue for a while in most major retailers, now is the time to buy hardware I guess. Hardware owned: Storage Blue HDD: 250GB, SATA Orange HDD: 250GB, SATA Green HDD: 500GB, SATA Appz HDD: 500GB, USB 2.0 (internally it is IDE) Toshiba 750: 750GB, eSATA (internally SATA) TM: 1.5TB, eSATA (internally SATA) "floaters" WD470, 500GB, USB. Movie and song archives. Now rarely moved, but still useful. G670, 750GB, FireWire 800. Houses virtual machines, mainly. Often gets hauled for demos. HIT500, 500GB, USB. Currently backup, storage and "large USB drive" for quick debugging of incompatible machines. Empty FW800 2.5" enclosure Hypothetical system would have: Low power consumption with aggressive power management to save on noise and UPS power. That must not compromise HDD reliability. No noisier than an off-the-shelf NAS (18dBA, from Synology's website). Ideally fanless. Power from laptop adapter would be ideal (19V), or 12V general purpose power supply. Must be tolerant of brownouts as my apartment has only two circuits and voltage varies from 119V down to 107V under full load. No change to electrical circuit can be made. Completely self-reliant. Must be able to power down by itself if it senses UPS to go low without needing any monitor or keyboard. Must power up at the press of a button to a working state without having to use a keyboard, mouse or monitor. This includes checking and correcting HDDs if an unexpected power failure occurred. Full Gigabit Ethernet. No crappy Ethernet-USB dongle that cut performance in half. Able to be installed without external monitor (I don't have any) but directly through a network connection. Can't decide yet wether to run the NAS-router OS itself from a SD-family card or one of the HDDs. The former seems to be best. being able to change hardware at will shouldn't be necessary. I don't expect to change anything except HDDs as long as performance is satisfactory. Excluded solutions: Anything Synology. Although I do really like their products, in the price point I am aiming for, either one gets absolutely no flexibility, or where there's flexibility, price shoots upwards of $1k. Raspberry Pi and other micro-boards. They simply don't have a SATA port on them, and don't do Gigabit anyway, but sport an Ethernet to USB2 chip that reduce Gigabit speeds to 1/3 of its speed. I already read that an Intel network chip would be better since it puts less strain on the CPU, and sure it can be added later on with a discrete NIC if motherboard doesn't support it. However, I don't know how much requirements rely on compatible hardware. Described as is, it may appear that I am looking for an AirPort Time Capsule on steroids, and you would be right. However, it seems to be too limited for its high price, and still wouldn't solve the issue of putting all these drives back online, and doesn't have any data security, etc. I had a look on NCIX.ca and Newegg.ca system builders, and could reach a less than $300 price point on NCIX, but I am unsure whether it will fit. Notably, it had a Seasonic power supply whose quality is questionable. What are your recommendations from them, or any other that ships to Canada without relying on UPS?