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Building my own NAS and BT Box

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ara:

--- Quote from: Enigma_2k4 on February 25, 2011, 10:24:12 AM ---Hi all,

I have one of these lying around at home:
http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/product_info.php?cPath=50_51&products_id=39991

Now I am considering building myself a little NAS box with a BT client using it.

1. What's the best way to go about it?
2. What size mobo fits in this little monster?
3. I have an old AMD Athlon 300+ CPU, any chance I could use that to reduce costs? However, offhand I think a atom machine would be best.
4. What linux OS could/should I use?
5. How do I make it really power efficeint?
6. How can I make it shut down the HDD's when not in use (I'd boot into the OS off a flash)

I do know that the cheapest and probably smartest option is to just get one of these:
8 bay RAID NAS for 3k

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FreeNAS is very nice with a BT client and a host of other services including a slimserver. The only problem is that FreeNAS (and for that matter many of the Linux OS) loves an Intel NIC over an Realtek. You do get though Intel NIC's to buy for R 250 - R 900 that work very well. I have a FreeNAS box with 8*1.5TB drives and 2x2TB drives running constantly using an Intel Atom based motherboard. You can also get low powered Intel and AMD processors. FreeNAS is able to shutdown your HDD, etc.

Other options are OpenFiler, Nexenta, Ubuntu Server, etc.

I have to say I have not had one Hardware compatibility issue with FreeNAS so far and it is very easy to use. FreeNAS 8 is going to be even better once they are done (they now have a company that is investing lot of time and money into FreeNAS while still keeping it open source.

dotVIBE:

--- Quote from: Enigma_2k4 on February 25, 2011, 11:00:16 AM ---
Slap on a small celeron, boof off flask and viola!

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i myself enjoy the odd flask boof -ing.

Enigma_2k4:

--- Quote from: dotVIBE on February 25, 2011, 11:07:42 AM ---i myself enjoy the odd flask boof -ing.

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LOL, It's been a hellish week OK :P

I will do some more research on FreeNAS now and see what's going on...

Johan:
I'm also interested in building my own NAS,

I have read however that the chap that made FreeNas is now working on a new project located here:
http://blog.openmediavault.org/
Apparently much more support for newer technologies and vendors like Realtek will be included.

I started to gather some spares to build my NAS:

Intel Gardendale H67 Board - to be swapped by supplier once Sandy issue has been resolved
Corsair 4GB Ram (overkill but alas so cheap!)
Core i5 2500k
Lian-Li A04 Chassis - up to 7x 3.5" HDD
350 W Powersupply

The CPU and Ram is overkill in the above specs, the reason is that this setup will be used as a normal workstation for the time and then the CPU transferred to a high end setup once this Sandy issue has been resolved and decent motherboards become available.
Also the Core i3 entry level processors should be available at that time as well.
This also gives me some time to get some HDD's....looking at 4x2TB in the interim.
The OS will be running off a small 80GB HDD i have laying around.

Timber_MG:

--- Quote from: Johan on February 25, 2011, 12:41:42 PM ---Intel Gardendale H67 Board - to be swapped by supplier once Sandy issue has been resolved
Corsair 4GB Ram (overkill but alas so cheap!)
Core i5 2500k
Lian-Li A04 Chassis - up to 7x 3.5" HDD
350 W Powersupply

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That is quite a high end machine for a NAS there. Something one could perhaps use as an iSCSI target for a virtualization setup.

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