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How does this look for a cheap NAS Build?

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December 18, 2012 6:16:17 PM

Hey all - using NAS4Free and a 2tb SATA drive I have sitting here needing a home I was thinking of building a NAS box as cheap as possible. I was going to buy one but thought I can do more with something if I build it. My goal is cheap, low power file server mostly SMB and itunes. If you can see where I skimped too much or if I missed something completely please let me know - I want to keep the total build under $200 minus the price of additional drives

Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK Mini ITX Tower/ Desktop Computer Case with 250W 20+4Pin & 1SATA Connectors Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

Foxconn D250S Intel Atom D2500 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

Kingston 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 System Specific Memory Model KAC-MEMHS/2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.98 (2 x $12.99)

Total - $125.96 (prob $150 shipped)

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a c 84 G Storage
December 18, 2012 6:50:27 PM

That works - a bit over kill but work
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December 18, 2012 6:53:00 PM

FireWire2 said:
That works - a bit over kill but work


you really think it's overkill? I thought it was kind of striped down.

I will probably use this also for general file sharing and maybe even a torrent program....
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a c 84 G Storage
December 18, 2012 7:26:57 PM

Add another HDD to make Mirror RAID... Perfect

Use 2GB memory - you dont need 4GB
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December 18, 2012 7:32:35 PM

One more question - and I don't know if this is the right spot for it - I used to have a Dlink DNS-something NAS Box but the transfer speed was so slow that I bailed on it. Before I could use a drive I had to format it in the box and wouldn't be able to add another drive later....so you were stuck with what you had unless you backed up and reformatted. with this set up can I throw my already formatted 2tb drive in there or does it need to be formatted from the star tin a similar manner?

thanks. I think I'm going to order this....although I am a little nervous that the MB will fit ok in the case
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a c 84 G Storage
December 18, 2012 8:07:42 PM

FreeNAS uses different format, therefore backup your data, b4 proceed ;-)
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December 18, 2012 8:18:14 PM

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