I currently have a small home-server, that runs a domain network & is the center of all file storage in our household. The drawback is that we need as much storage as possible, but the server's case only supports a maximum of four drives.
Hardware of the server:
- CPU: Intel Core2Duo E7500;
- RAM: 8GB DDR2 @ 800MHz;
- HDDs: (all SATA3) 320GB OS drive, 3TB ("Common Files"), 1TB (split into two partitions; 500GB backup for the OS drive, and 500GB for "Common Files");
- OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Drives/partitions for "Common Files" are dedicated to file storage for non-critical files and are not backed up. All critical files are held on the OS drive, the entire drive is backed up to the 500GB backup partition of the 1TB drive. All critical files stored on the OS drive are automatically backed up to cloud services (namely Mega).
I run a domain (ADDC) on the server so that any user-account/file can be accessed from any computer in the home. In addition to this, this configuration means that no data-loss occurs if a computer breaks.
The server doesn't do much else than ensuring that everything can be accessed from anywhere within the house. It does run an SQL server (MSSQL) for local software development purposes, but it isn't used often. At night (from ~11pm - 6am) the server is shut-down, with it automatically turning itself on at 6am via a timer set in the BIOS.
I'm looking to build a new server that:
- Has very low power usage;
- Is quiet;
- Can hold at least 6 hard drives;
- Is reasonably quick;
- Should be able to turn itself on automatically;
- Be as cheap as possible
It should also fit in the same space that the current server occupies, under my desk. The piece of wood on-top of the server can be removed (space between the floor & wood is ~12cm), if required:
I was considering replacing it with a NAS, but however I need the domain functionality and so this option isn't available to me. I also don't want to purchase a NAS in conjunction to the server as I need it to use as little space as possible.
I was thinking of the current hardware:
- CPU: Pentium G3258
- RAM: 8GB DDR3;
- HDDs: All current drives (besides the 320GB OS drive), with three additional 3TB drives. Critical files moved to one of the HDDs, and automatically backed up to cloud services as before.
I'm stumped on the motherboard & case though, as they need to be small. Any recommendations or changes for the prospective hardware? I am also going to be replacing the router in the above photo with a network switch, as I already have another router elsewhere in the house that does most of the work (and handles DHCP of the router in the photo).