They say that when Storage Spaces is officially released and when it wins user's confidence the prices of NASes like Drobo, QNAP, or ReadyNAS will drop. We suppose that it is quite possible because a bunch of external USB 3.0 disks connected to a USB 3.0 hub and winded together using a sticky tape may become a cheap and effective alternative.

Let's compare these two options based on the NewEgg prices

$528 QNAP TS-419PII-US
$535 NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra 4-bay

against the set of
$25 Rosewill RHB-610 (RIUH-11001) 4-Port USB 3.0 hub
$164 4x SAT3510BU3 3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Enclosure w/ Fan
$1 Duct Tape
for a total of $190

All additional functions that are available in QNAP or other NASes for example torrent downloads or the capability to access the data via a network from multiple computers, Windows 8 can provide as well (though you may need to use free software like uTorrent)


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