I'm looking for a case for my home NAS.

I'm thinking about 6-8 drives; I don't have a specific need for hot swap drives, I just like that design.

What I have in mind something like a FreeNAS Mini, but unfortunately buying a pre-assembled one would exceed my current budget.

freenas mini

Few clarifications:

  • Why "professionally looking"? I'm going to keep it at home so I can't cringe every time I see it - "well designed" would be more in line with what I'm looking for but that I'm sure many would consider an ugly mess of LEDs and plexiglass as "well designed" [but hey, people could say the same of the black monoliths I love :-) ]
  • Compact: I'm not looking for a desktop tower to convert into a NAS, I don't see the point in having a 50-liters beast around when I have no use for GPU/water cooling inside my case.
  • Why not a Synology / Qnap NAS? I'm going to run FreeNAS OS on it, but otherwise I really like the look of their NAS.
  • Ideally the hot swap drives would have LED that can be used to monitor the disk activity/state (I'm not sure how it would be to actually get it to work with the OS so this would be the least important feature).
  • That's a lot of hot swap bays. It's not quite what you want, but take a look at my previous post while I try and do some research. Do they need to be 3.5" bays, or will 2.5" work? How compact is "compact"?
    – JMY1000
    Jun 14, 2018 at 10:34
  • Looks like finding 6 and 8 bay cases is a lot easier. I've got a number of options, but a couple of questions first. Would you prefer more rectangular or more square? Is cost a significant issue, and if so, what's your budget? Do you want a parts list with a full build or just a case recommendation?
    – JMY1000
    Jun 16, 2018 at 7:23


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