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Need opinion on my Home File Server build!!!

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October 7, 2013 11:06:56 AM

Hi Guys,

Im new to this forum but found it very helpful in the past when looking for opinions on hardware for various servers.

I need your guys opinion on the hardware I am planning to put into a little home server that will run either free NAS or Ubuntu. It is only literally going to be used to store files, all my BD ISO collection and music, so I can then pull the files from the drives and play them over my network via the gigabit Ethernet port on my devices such as my popcorn hour A-300 or my PS3 and what not using the NFS protocol.

The specs are as follows
- CPU - AMD A4 5300
- Mobo - Asus F2A55-M LK
- Case - Antec 300
- PSU - Antec VP 350W
- RAM - 1 x corsair 2GB 133MHz DDR3
- HDD - 4 or 5 WD RED 4TB drives

I think this little build should be sufficient enough for what I need and for under £200 (BARGAIN!), I don't need it to do any heavy work as my main rig will be the one converting or ripping all the videos when necessary

Also any advice on a RAID setup would be helpful, im a proficient - expert PC user and builder but RAID setups scare me for some reason, I've heard bad stories of them failing and all data being lost :ouch:  haha

Cheers guys any feedback would be appreciated, if you need any additional info I would be happy to provide :D 
October 7, 2013 11:28:24 AM

If you are going to use FreeNAS, and want to do some sort of data protection, there is Raid or NFS. Raid generally requires a RAID controller, which is an added cost,etc. ZFS is all software and works great and solves some of the common RAID type problems, but it requires a lot of RAM. Generally 5GB of RAM per TB of storage.
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October 7, 2013 11:54:02 AM

getochkn said:
If you are going to use FreeNAS, and want to do some sort of data protection, there is Raid or NFS. Raid generally requires a RAID controller, which is an added cost,etc. ZFS is all software and works great and solves some of the common RAID type problems, but it requires a lot of RAM. Generally 5GB of RAM per TB of storage.


Thanks for the info, I might just stick with non raid then, its just as easy and the drives are fast enough to not notice a performance increase over RAID. ZFS doesn't have to be used does it? I have the option of turning it on and off I believe I read somewhere before?
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