NAS4Free and Me
I want to create my own home file server. So far I’ve laid out the following. Comments, suggestions for improvement, and of criticism are welcome.
First, I went to Newegg (naturally) and pieced together a micro-server with hard drives and a RAM upgrade. Here is the public wishlist. When it’s all said and done I’ll have 12 terabytes of hard drive (note, because of the way RAID works, I won’t have 12 terabytes of usable space). To complement that I’ll have 8G of ECC RAM.
I’ve seen a lot of people on Newegg talk about how the motherboard in server will actually handle 16G of RAM if you don’t go the ECC route. I’m really curious about that. The benefit of more RAM is obvious, and the wiki’s on ZFS and RAID talk about how you can’t get enough RAM when going the route I plan on taking. What’s the benefit of sticking with ECC? Is there any concern about going the non-ECC route?
Here is an article I found that talks about the hard drives I chose.
I couldn’t find any recent information about these drives from users. Everything I could find on forums just talked about how they were going to wait to see how they turned out for everyone else. Which is not helpful at all.
Next, I chose NAS4Free. Everyone, of course, has heard of FreeNAS, but NAS4Free seems more up-to-date. So I’m going to go with it instead. My plan is to run the OS on live USB image and not actually install it to one of the hard drives.
I guess it’s really that simple. Thoughts?