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Looking into building a new Nas for home use

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JBox88   
JBox88

All, 

I have a pretty old buffalo nas I've been using for quite some time. I got this several years ago, before I was really into hosting my own servers and it has no redundancy. I keep putting off replacing it, but I think its getting to the point where I really need to get it replaced so I dont have to worry about the data loss. 

As a fun project, I'm thinking about going with an odriod solution. Using an cloud shell, with an odriod, hosting crushftp for the web UI and SFTP for large file transfers as necessary. All will be hosted on centos in a 128gb EMCC storage. Setup raid using linux mbd and two 4gb drives. 

While my knowledge in Linux is fairly low, I love the opportunities when they come up at work, and look forward to building this. 

 

Another idea was just to go with Drobo, but I'm not sure how fun I would have using their proprietary os. I also wouldn't get to piece it together in the same fashion, though I understand it might be more reliable. Any feedback is appreciated as I may just be getting overly excited over this. 

 

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What are you going to be using the NAS for?

Currently I'm running a FreeNAS server 32TB  (5x 8TB drives in a RAID 5)  with Xeon 5680 (i think) CPU on a SuperMicro MB.  I mostly use it for media streaming, which is why the CPU is beefy.  However, generally speaking, I've found freenas to be a really nice and lightweight OS for a storage solution. 

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Its a mixture of personal files (e.g. pictures, device backups, gopro video, ect). though I also currently leverage it to stream media. Though I dont have that much media currently, in all I leverage less than a TB of data. Thats why I was going to push for the 4TB disks and the enclosure only supports two drives. 

 

The reason I'm going with Centos is I want more experience with Linux. I've not had any recent opportunities to leverage the OS and I'm getting very rusty. I figured there are better solutions, but so long as my plan works well I'm thinking it will be fine. 

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ProphetBeal   
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7 hours ago, JBox88 said:

Its a mixture of personal files (e.g. pictures, device backups, gopro video, ect). though I also currently leverage it to stream media. Though I dont have that much media currently, in all I leverage less than a TB of data. Thats why I was going to push for the 4TB disks and the enclosure only supports two drives. 

 

The reason I'm going with Centos is I want more experience with Linux. I've not had any recent opportunities to leverage the OS and I'm getting very rusty. I figured there are better solutions, but so long as my plan works well I'm thinking it will be fine. 

Sounds good, the only other recommendation is that it may be worth it to spend the extra few $$ and get NAS rated hard drives. And I'd also avoid Seagates in general. While they are cheaper they have higher failure rates than HGST and WD drives. 

 

Backblaze puts out quarterly reports on drive failure numbers. Seagate's failure rate  always very high. 

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full article https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q1-2018/

 

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3 hours ago, ProphetBeal said:

Sounds good, the only other recommendation is that it may be worth it to spend the extra few $$ and get NAS rated hard drives. And I'd also avoid Seagates in general. While they are cheaper they have higher failure rates than HGST and WD drives. 

 

Backblaze puts out quarterly reports on drive failure numbers. Seagate's failure rate  always very high. 

blog-Q1-2018-quarterly-drive-stats.png

 

full article https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q1-2018/

 

Dude - good looking out! I'll definitely move over to another drive! 

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23 hours ago, SkullCracker said:

I run this one and so does Postal. I'm running two 2TB WD Red and Postal has two 4TB Red in his. Damn thing works great and worth the price.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Synology-DiskStation-Diskless-Attached-DS213j/dp/B00CRB9CK4

 

I've looked into the Synology, and while its solid, I think I would end up going with the Drobo. However, I'm building my own nas solution, I think it'll be entertaining and kind of have that 'cool' factor! I'm also hoping it'll help keep my Linux knowledge from becoming too rusty! I already forgot the command to mount disks for example (I know just google it, but the point is its pretty basic and I cant think of it off the top of my head). 

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