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Raspberry Pi NAS, what should I buy to connect the hard drive? Answered

So my friend's family's desktop died in July and they got rid of it and kept the hard drive.  Recently, they sent it to me to get the files off of it.  It was pretty straight forward, the hard drive had a bad sector and I had the thing up and fully operational within about 15 minutes.  Since they got rid of the desktop, they all got laptops.  I'm going to transfer the files over to their individual laptops, then format the hard drive, and set up a Raspberry Pi based NAS at their house.  At this point, I'm not sure what I should buy to connect the hard drive.  It doesn't need to be fast, just for files and sharing between the laptops.  I'm going for minimum price, and I'm going to be using a Model A Raspberry Pi when they are released in the US.  This will then be running owncloud.  Any suggestions for connecting the hard drive would be great.  I forgot to mention this, but the hard drive is a 320 gig SATA hard drive.

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2013-02-14
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Well, yeah, that's kind of given. Which one should I buy though?

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I'd just get one of those enclosures with the hardware already in it. There's not a lot of difference between any of them. You need a case anyway don't you ?

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Yes, I do need a case, and I'm going for minimum cost. I'm not sure what you mean though, have any examples?

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0026B8VQG/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9550945029&ref=asc_df_B0026B8VQG

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about how much would something like this cost in US dollars?

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That was only an example: try it yourself. I can buy one in the UK for around 15 USD for a decent looking one.

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It wasn't "given", you said "Any suggestions for connecting the hard drive would be great" !

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okay, I suppose it wasn't. I suppose my reply was kind of rude as well.

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Yes. It was. Thanks for the apology.

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-02-14

Probably not a good idea to use an older drive like that in an NAS. If it has sectors going bad on it it may have similar problems in the future. It would probably be best to use a new drive in the system.

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True, I'll take that into account. However, I still need to set up an NAS.

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steveastrouk (author)2013-02-14

Doesn't the model A lack Ethernet connectors?

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We have a USB ethernet adapter. And a hub.

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