Building a NAS rig

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  1. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Building a NAS rig


    Hi,

    I'm thinking about building a NAS rig. Not so much worried hardware, and in fact have a complete i7-950 system with12 gig of RAM just sitting in my closet looking for something to do.

    What I'm curious about is the software side? I ran across a free software called FreeNAS and wondering if anyone has any experience with it or any other NAS software I should look at.

    Suggestions/Thoughts?

    Thanks
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    Free nas has been around for years and is the best lots of youtube How to Build a FreeNASĀ® by Know How (TWiT.TV) - YouTube videos on i FreeNAS Home Server Tutorial - YouTube


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  3. Soapm's Avatar
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    I agree, most NAS software is Linux base and very reliable once you learn to use it.

    I think there's also a Windows Media setup but I've never used it and don't know much about it.

    Also note, that's waaaaay too much hardware for what's needed on a NAS so you shouldn't have any performance issues unless your LAN is slow.
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  4. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Soapm said:
    Also note, that's waaaaay too much hardware for what's needed on a NAS so you shouldn't have any performance issues unless your LAN is slow.
    Agree. That said any thoughts on these...


    Problem is no matter what I get I'm looking at, at least $500 bucks - the unit plus the disks. This is why I was thinking of using my old i7 system, but as stated, overkill.
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  5. Soapm's Avatar
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    The system is just sitting in the closet so I would use it, I was just saying it's like using a NASCAR as your daily driver...

    But it's better that just letting it sit and rust.
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  6. storageman's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    Agree. That said any thoughts on these...


    Problem is no matter what I get I'm looking at, at least $500 bucks - the unit plus the disks. This is why I was thinking of using my old i7 system, but as stated, overkill.
    I have a Synology Diskless system. Works good. Allows you to populate the system with the drives that you want, and has a huge library of Net Storage Management software. The only downside I've seen is while I use the NAS mostly for backups, when I run 2 or three full volume backups, I peg the processor @ 100% for long periods of time. Could use a little faster CPU.
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    @storageman,

    Thanks. I'm currently contemplating getting either the Synology or WD. Just to be clear, do you have the 2 or 4 bay one?
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  8. Soapm's Avatar
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    What kind of memory do those use (in place of hard drive) and can you expand the capacity overtime?
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  9. sygnus21's Avatar
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    The info you seek is in the links. But yes, the memory can be upgraded. I think one comes with 2gig and the other 4gig.

    I may just use that machine in my closet and install FreeNAS on it. I'm currently weighing the costs - not just money, but convenience and ease of use. Dollar wise I'm looking at around $700 bucks between one of those diskless units and a pair of WD Red 4TB drives @ $175 each. Unfortunately most of my WD Black drives have a capacity of than 750 or less gig.
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  10. storageman's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    @storageman,

    Thanks. I'm currently contemplating getting either the Synology or WD. Just to be clear, do you have the 2 or 4 bay one?
    I only have a single bay unit (DS115). Since I'm using most of it for short term storage, I didn't see a need to run a unit with multiple Drive/Raid capability. I do have some long term video clips from the surveillance cameras but the cameras record to cloud storage, I review them based on if something suspicious looks to be there. However I do backup the NAS once every 2 months to an external USB drive (The unit has a couple of USB 3.0 ports).
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