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May 8, 2012 10:01:57 PM


I have an old 2 Ghz Pentium M 755 that's inside a laptop that I will be replacing this year.

My idea is to use it in building a NAS box that will be serving HD video to mobile devices over the Internet. Other specs will be two 2TB SATA 5400 RPM drives with 2GB of RAM using a Dell Powervault 745N motherboard.

Will this device be a bottleneck due to it's relatively low spec or will other areas be limiting factors,

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a c 123 V Motherboard
May 8, 2012 10:08:38 PM

Those specs should be fine. I would just worry about the NIC on a board that old. Is it a Gigbit adapter? or only 10/100?
May 9, 2012 2:33:25 AM

i agree that it should be fine, does not take much CPU to transfer over a small network. you should upgrade the nic to a 100/1000 or add a second 10/100 to help with the load.
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May 9, 2012 7:40:14 AM

I should be ok considering these specs, but it says something about built in Windows Server 2003, but I want to run FreeNAS.

Number of internal data drives Four Four Four Four
Maximum useable storage capacity 160GB (RAID 0) 320GB (RAID 0) 480GB (RAID 0) 1TB (RAID 0)
108GB (RAID 5) 228GB (RAID 5) 348GB (RAID 5) 738GB (RAID 5)
Capacity of each internal data drive
40GB, 80GB, 120GB or 250GB (all four drive capacities must match)
Processor type Intel®
at 2.4 GHz, Intel Pentium®
4 at 2.8 GHz or 3.2 GHz
Memory Up to 4GB DDR400 SDRAM
Operating system Microsoft®
Powered OS based on Windows Storage
Server 2003
Network protocols CIFS/SMB, NFS, NCP, AFP, WEBDAV, HTTP, FTP, CIFS/Samba, NDMP,
Transport protocols TCP/IP, IPX, NetBEUI, AppleTalk®
Server emulation Microsoft Windows 2000, Novell®
3.x, 4.x, 5.x (via IPX),
6.0, NFS 2.0 and 3.0, HTTP 1.1
Supported clients Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000,Microsoft Windows NT®
, Windows
XP Home,Windows XP Professional,Novell IntranetWare clients for
Windows, SunOS and Solaris™
, SCO UNIX,Red Hat®
System OS
RAID levels Factory default: RAID 5 (disk striping with parity) for software,
hardware RAID Configuration options: RAID 0 (disk striping), RAID 1
(disk mirroring), JBOD
Boot-failover OS OS is mirrored across first two drives, factory default OS is mirrored
on last two drives
Number of PCI slots One PCI 64-bit, 33 MHz and one PCI-X 64-bit, 133 MHz; Can be
configured for local tape backup using Adaptec®
39160 Ultra160 LVD
SCSI controller
Drive type Hot swap, front-loaded ATA IDE hard drives
Network connection Two 10/100/1000 Gigabit
Network security Microsoft Active Directory Authentication, Microsoft Domain Services,
Novell Directory Services (NDS) and NetWare 3.x bindery
synchronization via Microsoft Directory Synchronization Services
(MSDSS), UNIX/NFS user name mapping via Network Information
Service (NIS) or local Personal Computer Network File System
(PCNFS), Macintosh User Authentication Map (UAM) account name
and password login using the clear-text password or Apple's
RandNum Exchange method of security
Form factor 1U
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.66" x 16.8" x 23" (4.2cm x 42.7cm x 58.4cm)
Weight 27lbs/12.27kg, maximum configuration
Power 230W, 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Optional software Storage Management Software, NSI DoubleTake, PowerQuest
DataKeeper, Tape backup software
a c 123 V Motherboard
May 9, 2012 2:54:33 PM

I am not sure I understand your question.

If you are going to run FreeNAS you should be fine.
May 9, 2012 6:45:10 PM

you can install any os you want on the box...