So, a few months ago, I posted a comment regarding Network Attached Storage. I'll admit I'm fairly new to the concept, but understand the basics of it. I have a stack of HDDs, some 2.5" hard disks that were (or need to be) pulled out of laptops that died for one reason or another (some of which can be formatted and some which cannot be formatted as I need the data that is currently on them), and some 3.6" HDDs (these are mainly store-bought external desktop drives). I've been looking around and have seen a few HAS boxes (that don't come with disks) on Amazon for relatively okay prices, but they all take only 3.5" drives....even the Synology ones I've seen. As the days progress (and my ARM Linux box cvontinues to languish and not let me set it up), I have the following questions:
1) Can I put 2.5" drives into a 2.5"-to-3.5" adapter and then put that into one of the NAS box's drive bays?
2) Do I have to buy drives specifically designed for NAS boxes, or can I buy any hard disk and slap it in there, so long as total storage doesn't exceed the box's maximum supported capacity?
3) Will it auto-format any disks stuck into it?
4) Once the disks are in there, can I run things like Plex, a web site, et cetera off of it, or do I need a true server for such things?
5) What is the feasibility of disassembling a store-bought external desktop drive and putting the actual disk drive into a drive bay on the NAS box?
I just want something I can use as reliable storage for all my uses that isn't dependent on the machine (e.g. the laptop I'm currently using) and that I can remotely access. I can get the software setup stuff taken care of, it's just the hardware area where I usually do not know everything and that's why I'm coming to this community yet again regarding this topic. I'll try to go dredge up the old comment thread, but don't hesitate to drop any comments you have regarding this topic here. Thanks in advance for your help!