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Hardware Questions about Freenas

Last response: in Open Source Software
May 11, 2010 3:51:56 AM

I am planning on setting up a NAS at home. I primarily want to use it to stream music/video to the devices around my house. Only 2 devices would be receiving data at one time.

My questions are:

1) Will 367MHz P2, 512MB RAM, and an older Compaq NIC be enough to achieve this?

2) Would there be any difference running Freenas from a live CD or running it from a Compact Flash card?

3) Is there any combo of ide adapter and flash memory that is best for this? (Ex. IDE to Compact Flash and a 4GB CF card over an IDE to SDHC and a 4GB SDHC card?

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May 11, 2010 5:02:51 AM

1) I'm not 100%, but that *should* be adequate to run such a simple system. According to a quick Google search...

To run FreeNAS, you will need, at a minimum, the following:

* Motherboard with x86 processor
* 128 MB RAM
* 32 MB free disk space
* Network card
* BIOS that supports bootable CD-ROMs
* Another workstation with a modern web browser and access to the network FreeNAS is on

So your system should work.

2) Running off an actual install such as off a CF Card would lower the required RAM a fair bit I believe.

3) You can get simple SATA or IDE Memory Modules.

40-Pin IDE : 1-16 GB:

44-Pin IDE : 1-16 GB:

SATA Module : 1-8 GB:

Hope that helps you out a bit :) 

- Jesse