Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by HiQ, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. HiQ macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    I currently have a late 2012 mac mini with 2x 4TB external USB3.0 drives. I'm looking to step up to a 5 or more drive external enclosure that supports raid. Just wondering if it'd be smarter to go thunderbolt and keep it DAS or move to a NAS setup instead? If I kept it DAS, would adding the gigabit ethernet adapter and multiplexing (is that the correct term?) the two connections help if I was serving a lot over the network? Thanks.
  2. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    Go for a DAS, then use the Mac Mini its connected to as a server to share it across the network should the need arise.
    I found using a DAS alongside my Mac Mini Server offered me much more flexibility then my previous Synology NAS.....
  3. Mikael H macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2014
    Your switches need to support network trunking for that to be a viable option. Even so, as far as I know, each single network connection to the server (or NAS for that matter) will only be able to use one of the network interfaces at a time, so a trunk is primarily a benefit from a fault tolerance standpoint unless you make several parallel connections to the server.

    Other than that I agree with the previous poster: You'll need to spend some serious cash on a NAS for it to be comparable to a Mac Mini in computing power, and even so it will be more limited in terms of available services (unless you roll your own).
  4. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Amongst the DAS options, have you considered ZFS?

    FreeNAS and the like?
  5. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Go for NAS, they are just better at serving data.
    They are independent of any other hardware, NAS can generally server data to other things faster than DAS, the redundancy is far better and they don't impact the performance of any connecting device.
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Each have their pros and cons as others have stated. I'm a fan of dedicated appliances whether they are a NAS or a server. I don't like a system acting as a server when it's also being used as a workstation, particularly when multiple users are accessing the server.

    All that aside, what is your backup plan for that large an array? Raid is not a backup solution. You need another way to insure the safety of your data.

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