NAS... Where to start?nas
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:31 PM
CPU: cluesless - well not completely - I suppose most anything will work. Atom*, Athlon XP (1600+), P2/P3 (450MHz-1GHz, some duals), P4 (2.4ghz-3.4ghz), P-D(one, ??), Core 2 Duo (or C2D - 1.8), Celeron (331), Core I3*, or that new Intel E3 Xeon* on a Mini-ITX*? (* = $$$, need to buy) Posts at Tom's Hardware state to avoid PCI - as it's mostly dead anyways. And I would have to agree, though most of my systems are AGP/PCI based.
RAM: Again the posts indicate that FreeNAS can operate with 512MB to 1024MB/1GB, and everything else above 1GB is a waste of resources. What about ZFS memory requirements - well, I don't know.
OS HDD: some old thing that still runs; (Live-)CD, 1GB USB, 40GB ide, 80 GB sata (for FreeNAS of course)
RAID: most likely - hardware or software?? ZFS sounds nice. as does Raid 5 and Raid 6. Anything special to look out for?
HDD: Well I was thinking 3TB, but old school hardware (most anything pre-C2D) might have (untested) limitations.
PSU and CASE: Well, just about any PSU and any case will work.
So off to the FreeNAS site to do some digging.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:05 PM
The parts I like are the selection of one or two disk redundancy, and the ability of the volume to grow with the addition of new drives. I also have it set up to send me a tet alert if there is a problem detected with the array or one of the drives.
Also, once configured, there is ZERO administration to think about. If I need to add a drive, I add it in. No rebuilding necessary. The benefits of the Drobo are significant in this regard, if you need to grow your volume quickly.
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 02:01 AM
it is running SM2.10.1 , i'll have to check the version on the other pc.
(update: updated the SM at work and it is ok now too)
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:50 AM
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:59 PM
neither have ever given trouble.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:32 PM
This might be a place to ask a couple questions I have about a home NAS --
Assuming the box has a 100b connection to your network, that translates to ~10MB /second of bandwidth, which could be handled by almost any disk drive of recent manufacture, and any recent cpu would spend most of its time waiting for the next packet to arrive.
So why does any home system need a RAID disk or a fast cpu or lots of memory for this sort of work? Seems like any old doggy cast-off machine that was still reliable would work.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:41 PM
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:12 PM
And after you work on those home movies or recordings of ball games, or local band concerts, etc. Moving them to a backup server to free up your computer really taxes the network as well. Especially the videos that go for an hour or two at full quality.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:05 PM
i have a wd 1tb (single disk) nas that i do not use.
slower than molasses in an ice storm.
wait! now that i have it in my hand, i'll pull out the 1tb drive, it will be my linux multi-boot disk! o, i will get busy in that!
[temmu scurries off excitedly in search of his 4lb engineering hammer and chisel]
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:08 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:24 PM
cpu - the core i3 will have far more processing power than needed for anything, including continuous read / writes
ram - 1gb to 2gb for win 7 (keeping in mind that you are only doing disk reads and writes on the machine)
os hd - don't do a live cd. yes, most any running hd, as you will not be utilizing much of the os
raid - do raid 1 (mirroring) with a pair of 1 or 2tb disks. 3tb disks are a bit pricey yet.
raid - why not raid 5? you get a performance hit, but you do get more space - 3 2tb disks = ~4tb of storage (think about the performance / space tradeoff.)
raid - get your mobo with built in raid controller. or, you can spend lots of money on a perc h800 with 1gb of cache and a battery... (lol)
Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:25 PM
There is a wait time to get a Pi but it is now down to about 4 weeks. Of course you can pay extra to get one on eBay. I think the current price on eBay is about $80 delivered. It is critical with the Pi that you get a good PSU for it. I recommend the HP Touchpad supply. They are often on sale for $4.95 shipped.
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