Transforming my old macbook 2007 into a NAS, Need Advice

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  1. Netix, Jan 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2014

    Netix macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    Hi there, (just want to say that English is my second language so sorry for the writing)

    I would like some advice regarding my project. Is it doable and is it energy efficient ?

    I have an old macbook 2007 lying around (Core2Duo, 4gb ram, 2,16 ghz) and I would like to use it as a NAS.

    I dont know which OS i'm gonna go with yet but I would like the macbook to run FlexRaid, a Plex Media Server, a MySQL Library, Share my library across my house with SMB and control torrents downloads (CouchPotato and SickBeard).

    I plan to remove the optical drive (Optical Bay) and use the bay to put an SSD and run the OS from there and use the actual hdd spot to connect to the NAS like this : Attaching 3.5" desktop drive to MacBook SATA

    I would build the NAS myself with those pieces :

    Case :
    PSU :
    5 x SATA Cable :

    Port Multiplier :
    PCI Bracket Adapter :
    eSATA to SATA Cable :

    With a 4in3 cage and another port multiplier I could have a total of 10 hdd in this case with enough power cable on the psu.

    Total cost with shipping to Montreal = 210$

    Thank you all for your advice and help
  2. Netix thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    Here's some question to help you guys guide me through my toughts processs.

    1. Will the mac be powerful enough to run a Plex Media Server (Transcoding, Etc..) and do other stuff at the same time ? (Torrents, SMB Share)

    2. Will I be able to only run windows from the SSD inside the optical bay without the mac OS X partition ? (Since I would take that out to connect the sata to esata cable)

    3. Will it be energy efficient ? I'm doing this because everything is on my gaming rig right now who's running 24/7 at 325 watt.

    4. Will the mac be able to detect the 5 hdd's connected to the port multiplier through the sata to esata cable ?

    5. Should I sell the mac and just add a motherboard, a processor and run everything out of Ubuntu Stick ? (Never used Ubuntu before) The mac is also in bad shape alot of scratch and you can see wire coming out of the power brick, the battery is also dead.

    Thanks for your help guys !
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Sell you MacBook and buy a proper NAS. Synology can do most everything you're after.
  4. Netix thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    Unfortunately , I only have like 300$ to put on that project and proper NAS with more than 4 bay is way more then that.. :/

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