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Old 10-12-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question is this hardware for home storage (NAS) ok? OS: latest centos or fedora


Hello to all

i would like to build a storage server for home usage.
and i need help choosing the right hardware.

some points:
1. 24/7 online

2. the box will be in the basement :-) with no monitor and keyboard...
only ssh/http/samba access to it

3. should be power saving

4. cheap as possible :-)

5. good I/O :-)

6. and fit in a relative small box (smaller than a desktop case)

7. software raid from OS

8. OS will be latest Centos or Fedora


clients that would connect via samba shares are:

2 windows boxes
1 linux box
1 htpc in the near future also :-)

most of the time the samba shares would be accessed to play
mp3/movies/pictures directly from the server...


the hardware at the moment:


CPU:
AMD le 1100 should use 45 watt i think
or
AMD Athlon 64 Model 3800+ also 45 watt + - usage


Hard Disks
Seagate 500GB 32mb buffer ST3500320AS
i was thinking getting 5 of this disks
so i would have 2.5 TB brutto.
after adding some raid to it maybe 2TB netto

MotherBoard
Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H AM2+



thanks for any help

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Old 10-12-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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Hi,

You can look at 'FreeNAS'.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 10-15-2008, 02:44 AM   #3
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Hello onebuck


what is the benefit if i install free nas?

free-nas is easy to manage but is it not better for me to just install centos and configure the 2 or 3 services that i need?



thanks
 
Old 10-15-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
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Hi,

Small footprint PC or older hardware using a OS that is specifically streamlined as Network Attached Storage. If you are just wanting to add storage to your OS then the load will be on that system instead of the NAS. The advantage of the NAS is the detached but network accessible storage media.
 
Old 10-15-2008, 04:41 PM   #5
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Don't use Fedora for a server - it isn't supported for long enough. Go the CentOS route.
 
Old 10-16-2008, 04:23 AM   #6
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thank you all for your help


but what i still don't know if the hardware that i choose will be good enough for the task.
the OS can easy be replaced :-) but hardware is expansive and i don't have any money to waste.

will this hardware be good enough for the storage task? and power saving?

CPU:
AMD le 1100 should use 45 watt i think
or
AMD Athlon 64 Model 3800+ also 45 watt + - usage


Hard Disks
Seagate 500GB 32mb buffer ST3500320AS
i was thinking getting 5 of this disks

MotherBoard
Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H AM2+


thanks
 
Old 10-16-2008, 06:19 PM   #7
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Hi,

A little overkill with the hardware you have listed for a NAS. You could use a i486, P2/3 at a reduced cost an power consumption. As I stated you can use a discarded or retired PC, run headless therefore no video adapter, max the memory and remove any unnecessary equipment to lighten the load/power usage if desired.
 
  


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