I bought awhile back a stand alone file server. My desire is get a standalone file server that I can upgrade the hard drives without doing a whole bunch of work to keep it up and maintain it. This is what I bought, and I’ve been very happy with it.
First, I wanted a File Server that I could connect to our MS Server 2008 Active Directory users so that I didn’t need to recreate all of the users again.
Second, I wanted to know that if I needed an extra 2 TB hard drive that it wouldn’t be hard to add it in. This setup is perfect. You can pull out the Bays and add new ones in.
Some of the surprise benefits that I have found is that they do regular updates, and are adding new functionality on-demand (so, if I don’t want the functionality, I don’t have to download it).
I bought this Synology File Server:
The Hard drives I bought to go with the File Server: