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Home-brew NAS

Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:36 PM

I've been entertaining the idea of setting up a NAS for backups and just general media storage. After doing some initial research on pricing it looks like a 4 TB NAS will run you anywhere from $500 to $800. I figure I could probably build my own NAS system for somewhere in the price range and it would probably end up being a better system.

Requirements:
  • 4 TB of storage
  • 6+ HDD bays for expansion
  • RAID 5 for fault tolerance
  • Encrypted storage
  • Gigabit network connectivity
  • <= $700 in cost
  • Easy to configure and maintain


This actually wasn't too hard to come by. Here is a list of my chosen hardware:

Micro ATX Motherboard (6 SATA II ports)
AMD Athalon II X2
1 GB DDR3 Memory
Case
450 Watt Power Supply
5x 1TB HDD's

Total price: $671.90

The motherboard doesn't support RAID 5 but I want to run a software RAID configuration anyways so that doesn't bother me.
As for the ease of configuration and maintenance, I'll be using FreeNAS which is FreeBSD variant geared towards supporting a NAS. Because this hardware is a little bit overkill for the intended use, I will probably end up underclocking and undervolting to conserve power.

All in all this doesn't seem to be that bad price wise and it gives me more options than just a standalone NAS. That setup probably won't consume all of my CPU time so I can also throw some other low-end services on there that I need running 24/7.

What do you guys think about the whole setup?

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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:39 PM

Without the HDD's the hardware costs $271.95. That's < $300 for a 6 bay NAS setup. That's pretty sweet.
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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:00 AM

Yeah.. you need an old computer.. enough HDs to plug into the connectors.. something like FreeNas and off you go.

http://www.diynas.com/
http://www.codeproje...memade_nas.aspx
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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:10 PM

wanna donate to my NAS fund?
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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:54 PM

I think I have a functional 500mhz AMD proc and board and ram.. It has an ISA slot an everything!
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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:53 AM

I am gonna necro my own thread here.

After lots of research and some long thought, decided pointless in my situation to have a standalone NAS for two reasons:

a.) Cost prohibitive to establish a whole new machine just for NAS
b.) Already have a machine running 24/7/365, might as well just use that.

So I think my final decision is going to go with 3x of these puppies over USB hooked up to my existing desktop. Just gonna configure them in a software RAID 5 configuration with mdadm. Should suit my needs and offers all of the features I wanted plus lower power consumption than the standalone.

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Re: Home-brew NAS

Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:07 AM

I've toyed with the home NAS idea a few times. I've even run old boxes, but it often seems like a waste for all I'm doing.

My current solution is one of these guys: NSLU2. It's tiny, no moving parts, and can accept two usb drives. Not the fastest beast in the world, but good for just throwing files somewhere. Got is for under $80.

I then blitzed it's native firmware and put on a tiny Debian distro: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/

With the custom software, I can plug in as many usb devices as I like, run Samba, ftp, sshd, etc, and generally geek out with my all my usb storage.

I also have an old linksys switch I got for free. It has a usb plug and rumor has it that some hacked Debian or BSD can also be loaded on that. If I ever get around to it.
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