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The ins and outs of planning and building your own home NAS

February 11th, 2016 No comments

Ars Technica walks through building a Windows NAS:

At this point, I had a couple of options. I could spend more money on a better, faster NAS, one that wouldn’t disappoint me with its performance. Or… I could go ahead and build my own, which would give me the flexibility to build basically whatever box I wanted. Inspired by our recent articles on building a living room gaming PC and a DIY router, I decided to take the more Ars option.

Source: The ins and outs of planning and building your own home NAS | Ars Technica

Storage Pod 4.0: Direct Wire Drives – Faster, Simpler and Less Expensive

March 21st, 2014 No comments

Backblaze is back with a new version of their Storage Pod. The major change is that they got rid of their port multiplier backplanes, and instead are going with drives directly attached to two expensive 40-port SATA cards.

The port multipliers have always been a negative aspect of their build to me, as I can see them causing problems, slowing down performance, and being difficult to integrate into a standard PC case. Their replacement is two $700 40-port SATA cards. The downside to these is price, and while I’d love to have one of these cards in my 20-drive file server, it’s out of my budget.

I guess I’ll keep waiting for an affordable, high-port count SATA card.

For the first time since the original Storage Pod, Backblaze is announcing a completely redesigned approach with the introduction of the first “direct wire” Storage Pod. This new Storage Pod performs four times faster, is simpler to assemble, and delivers our lowest cost per gigabyte of data storage yet. And, once again, it’s open source.

via Backblaze Blog 

BitTorrent Sync: Turning Your Old Computer into an NAS Drive

August 30th, 2013 No comments

The BitTorrent Blog describes how to get BitTorrent Sync running on FreeNAS.

So you’ve upgraded to a new computer. Congratulations. Now you have to decide what to do with that old computer. Give it to your parents? Reenact your favorite scene from Office Space? How about you turn that piece of junk into a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device running BitTorrent Sync. It may not play Crysis, but it will provide you with a plethora of options including FTP, redundant storage, and most importantly, BitTorrent Sync.

via The Official BitTorrent Blog.

Categories: How-To

How to offload your iTunes library to a NAS

December 31st, 2012 No comments

One of its more frustrating aspects is its lack of an officially supported server component—Apple seems stubbornly unwilling to provide a real iTunes server, and so folks who would otherwise happily centrally locate a media library on a perfectly suitable NAS are stuck with islands of music.

via Ars Technica.

Categories: How-To

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Way To Consolidate Household Media? – Slashdot

December 31st, 2012 No comments

A recent Ask Slashdot quickly turned into suggestions for setting up every type of NAS possible.

Categories: How-To

Building an Ultra-Low-Power File Server with the Trim-Slice

April 2nd, 2012 1 comment

Linux Journal builds a low power NAS with an Arm-based server and USB hard drives.

As an experiment, and finally to get rid of that large, inefficient and ugly tower case, I decided to use the new Trim-Slice as the base for an ultra-low-power, ultra-small replacement file server. The Trim-Slice is built on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, and the specific model I purchased features a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 32GB SATA SSD.

via Linux Journal.

Categories: How-To, NFS, Samba, Ubuntu Linux

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

February 4th, 2012 1 comment

What is FreeNAS you say? Put simply, its is an operating system based on FreeBSD that brings with it a snazzy web interface for management, and all the protocols you need to share files between Windows, Mac and Linux. In other words, a perfect solution for your digital bookshelf. Lets get to it.

via Engadget.

Categories: FreeNAS, How-To

How to build a NAS box

July 25th, 2010 1 comment

bit-tech.net has a new article on building a FreeNAS box, including choosing hardware and installing the software.

Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage

December 6th, 2009 No comments

Backblaze details how they build a 67 TB 4U storage server for less than $8,000. C0T0D0S0 then takes a look at some of the trade offs of the device against much more expensive systems.

DIY NAS with Debian Lenny

November 30th, 2009 No comments

Versia has a comprehensive guide to setting up Debian 5.0 on a VIA ARTiGO A2000 barebones storage server.

This post will explain how to set up a NAS server with Debian running essential services such as ssh, samba, nfs, cups, rdiff-backup and rtorrent with a web interface; and using two HDDs in RAID 1 mode with everything encrypted. It took me awhile to research all bits and pieces, hopefully it will save you time if you are going to do a similar set up.

2.5 *terabyte* hot-swap storage — for $730

May 10th, 2007 1 comment

George Ou over at ZDNet.com has a blog post about adding a good chunk of storage to his computer. All that is needed to duplicate this is 3 free drive bays, 5 free SATA ports, and a power supply that can handle the extra 150 watts while the drives spin up.

Fast forward 15 years later, and I just bought 2.5 terabytes of hot-swappable SATA-300 storage for just under $730.

Categories: Chassis, Hard Drives, How-To

RAIDzilla: DIY RAID5 NAS with Attitude

May 3rd, 2007 1 comment

SmallNetBuilder walks through building a 16 drive RAID5 NAS with FreeBSD 6.

Software RAID5 and LVM with the Etch Installer

March 22nd, 2007 No comments

Debian Administration looks at setting up Software RAID5 with the new Debian installer.

How-To: Ubuntu Media Server

March 15th, 2007 1 comment
Categories: How-To, Samba, Ubuntu Linux

Network File System (NFS) Server and Client Configuration in Debian

March 13th, 2007 No comments
Categories: How-To, NFS