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Building a FREE NAS System from Scraps

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July 20, 2012 8:55:41 PM

I am working on building what I hope is a very fast FREE NAS System from old computer scraps (old gaming system) I have laying around. I would like any advice possible on avoiding bottlenecks in the system. The NAS has to both read and write quickly as well as offer data redundancy.

Motherboard: Asus Striker II NSE
Processor: Unknown, 64 bit (a pretty fast processor that I was using up until yesterday to run highend games, etc)
Memory: Corsair, 1333MHz 8MB
LAN: Dual Gigabit (not sure how to make use of the dual part)
OS: FREE NAS on a SSD drive, 40 GB, ZFS
HARD DRIVES: 4 1 tb WD Green SATA 3.0 drives in a RAID 10 Array (for redundancy plus good write speeds)
USB 3 Card.

I may connect this via USB 3 or LAN (both is this possible?)

Looking forward to feedback regarding this system and its possible performance and bottlenecks as well as anything I can do to make it a bit better.

Kevin



October 9, 2012 4:19:22 PM

Tantris said:

Motherboard: Asus Striker II NSE
Processor: Unknown, 64 bit (a pretty fast processor that I was using up until yesterday to run highend games, etc)
Memory: Corsair, 1333MHz 8MB
LAN: Dual Gigabit (not sure how to make use of the dual part)
OS: FREE NAS on a SSD drive, 40 GB, ZFS
HARD DRIVES: 4 1 tb WD Green SATA 3.0 drives in a RAID 10 Array (for redundancy plus good write speeds)
USB 3 Card.

Looking forward to feedback


8MB Memory sounds a bit on the low side. :) 

But seriously, a 40 Gb SSD drive is overkill for FreeNAS, which will run just fine off a 2 Gb USB memory stick.
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