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November 28, 2012 1:14:57 PM

To start things off, I am planning on building some sort of NAS to fill some of my storage needs. I have some old hardware but I am wondering if it is up to the task.

Specs:
Supermicro P4DCE+ http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/860...
2 x Intel Xeon 2.4Ghz with HT (Single Core, 2 threads, 32 bit)
4 x 512mb RDRAM (this is the max for this board)

Any ideas on what to do with this? I can get a RAID card and a gigabit ethernet card for it but would it be worth? I think the biggest killer is the 2 gigs of RAM. I don't think I'll be able to run FreeNas with ZFS very effectively with that but please correct me if I'm wrong on that.

I could always turn it into a firewall but that seems like complete overkill.

All ideas are welcome.

Thanks

Roman

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a b G Storage
November 28, 2012 5:08:36 PM

Like you said, just get a raid card and gigabit nic. Load Ubuntu desktop and share your raid array to the network.
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November 28, 2012 6:10:08 PM

I would probably want to get a new power supply for it as well since this one is about 6-7 years old now and has been working non-stop. It works great but the fans are really noisy now and it doesn't have any SATA power connectors.

How much would a decent RAID card that supports RAID6 across 6-8 drives cost?
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November 28, 2012 6:30:41 PM

Problem is that board only has PCI-X 64-bit (3.3 volt) and regular PCI slots.
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a b G Storage
November 28, 2012 7:35:25 PM

Folding@home!
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a c 97 G Storage
November 28, 2012 9:39:10 PM

I cannot seem to find a PCI-X controller that supports RAID6
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November 28, 2012 10:12:44 PM

I'm having the same trouble. RAID 5 wouldn't be bad either
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