Building a NAS

Started by qaqaface, 01-13-2019

Building a NAS
  01-13-2019, 06:29 PM
Has anyone built a NAS system? I am looking at using UnRaid and building my own box. I am wondering if anyone has some advice for me?
  • Best HD
  • Best Motherboard/CPU
  • Use UnRaid or another OS?

  01-13-2019, 07:05 PM
My friend using WD Black Edition 2TB disks.

  01-13-2019, 07:45 PM
Use WD elements 8TB blue.

  01-14-2019, 01:37 AM
Why is WD Elements so good? I see this mentioned a lot in different forums.

  11-16-2019, 01:38 PM
I unse the Western Digital 12TB Ultrastar

  11-16-2019, 03:23 PM (Updated: 11-16-2019, 03:24 PM by CodeZeRo.)
Same here (Western Digital 12TB), recommand this

  11-17-2019, 12:00 AM (Updated: 11-17-2019, 12:00 AM by woohhb.)
i'm a stupid shit and i don't know technology

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  11-17-2019, 06:57 PM
What about a totally homebuilt nas?

  11-24-2019, 01:48 PM
doing a DIY nas box is fun, but it is a slog to do. I gave up and got a fancy pants much easier to work and more reliable.

  11-30-2019, 11:27 PM
Use an old system to gain experience about throughput etc. Basically gauge your needs.

  01-19-2020, 09:38 AM
I just connected my 24TB NAS to my router through usb3. If I have to upload or download a lot of files it has eSATA and I connect it directly to my system that way. My router hosts an intraLAN website that all my smart TVs connect to and stream from flawlessly. I use four 8TB WD drives in a RAID 5 with 3 spanned and one for parity. All my videos have to be in mp4 or mkv (with mp3 audio) though, but that's not that big a deal. I would look at an Arduino project though if you want something a little more intuitive and stand-alone.

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  01-19-2020, 12:03 PM
I have installed QNAP NASS storrage TS431-XeU and it is great solution with great modules to use.

  01-20-2020, 05:20 PM (Updated: 01-20-2020, 05:24 PM by billybong001.)
Just to share a little, I've run the big Synology boxes at work and tinkered with DIY setups at home for several years.

1. The brand name boxes are the most expensive and also the most restrictive in terms of usage flexibility. Only buy these if you have deep pockets, want the warranty and don't require it to do anything much else. Personally I've always ignored warranties for storage because lost data is lost data - just spend that money on more capacity for backups instead.

2. If you just want minimum hassle and are not "techy", choose Windows over Linux.

2b. DSM or any of the other "NAS-oriented" OS will work fine, as long as you don't require it to do more than file serving. Mine eventually doubled up as a gaming and home theater PC, so having Windows was great.

3. Whichever manufacturer you choose, always get the "NAS-grade" drives. They cost more because of anti-vibration tech, among other little bits, which is essential for any multi-drive 24/7 rig. I've been a WD loyalist for years but in recent years Seagate has redeemed themselves from the 7200.12 disaster era.

4. Your primary consideration with motherboard is number of SATA ports and how many will be disabled if you use an NVME boot drive. Absent that, or if you need even more ports, make sure it has sufficient PCIe slots for expansion RAID/SATA cards and any other hardware you need. I had to upgrade to a full ATX board because eventually it had to fit a dual-slot GPU, 2x10gbit NIC and sound card.

  01-24-2020, 04:56 AM
My friend using 3TB disks.

  01-28-2020, 08:18 PM
Linux Ubuntu is a very good OS for NAS

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