So I have recently purchased all parts to my new DIY NAS build with FreeNAS except the drives. I wanted to get some opinions on the best way to set this up in order to get what I'm looking for so perhaps you guys could help.
I am looking at 4 x 2TB WD Red drives (plus maybe one extra for a hot spare).
I am planning on using this to store movies, pictures and movies (with an emphasis on movies) to stream to my WD Live Media boxes throughout the house.
As a result I think my primary concerns would be overall size and the redundancy factor - but I'm not sure if read/write speed would be a concern for the purposes of streaming?
I have very little knowledge of zfs or RAID setups but have done some reading and am really just having a hard time wrapping my head around what the best way to set these up is. Please see below for my final build - YES I know it is overkill but I'm just that kind of guy! No RAID controller but the board has 6 SATA ports on it so I'm going to be using those.
Any advice would be awesomely appreciated!!!!
BUILD LIST - ALREADY ORDERED AND PAID FOR
ASUS P8H77-I mITX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 1PCI-E16 SATA3 DVI HDMI D-Sub USB3.0 Motherboard
How are you going to fit that many drives into that itx case?
I'm not sure if you can do a hot spare. sure the 4 sata 2 ports will raid together fine but you will need to check if the sata3 ports will raid with the sata 2's.
I would recommend playing with ZFS at first to get comfortable and understand it.
Since it is ZFS you can even use GREEN drives.
Set the BIOS as AHCI, then all the drives show up
I would not use BIOS's RAID function - it will mess up in FreeNAS
Now you can configure it as RAID5 using SW raid in FreeNAS
or create ZFS volume - lot of users love ZFS
Do some speed test - you should not care much about how fast is max trnx in sequential but rather random fashion - IO Meter is the best program to use
You will have fun give youself about 30days to play with it b4 settle for permanent solution
I use HW raid myself - but nothing wrong with ZFS with your components