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OK so right now I have two separate computers running RAID10 arrays (4x2TB drives in each). One is my media server (Plex) and one is a VM test server but the RAID array backups of my media server. What I want to do is combine all 8 drives into one array (probably RAID 6) so that I have a lot more storage space (12TB > 4TB right now). I'll then use a cloud backup solution and buy 1-2 USB hard drives for local backups.

My question is this. Do I buy an 8-bay NAS enclosure (or two 4-bay enclosures) for my drives or just stick them all in one of my mid-tower cases (one of them supports 8 drives) and install something like FreeNAS on it? I'm willing to spend the money on a NAS enclosure if it will be more convenient down the line.

This NAS is going to store all my media, some personal files, and some VM's. It will be accessed heavily as it will be constantly streaming media and will be accessed from multiple VM's.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 8
I have 7X 2tb drives in a tower running freenas (drives are in raidz2), it's faster than most NAS solutions out there (over Ethernet I hit 110 read / write as a gig Ethernet is fully saturated by the drives) , that would be my suggestion for your drives otherwise you're just going to be paying a lot of money for something pre built that sports an atom processor with 1gb ram (I have a dual core ivy bridge celeron, 8gb memory and SSD with the OS installed)

Of course just my 2 cents thumb.gif
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I have 7X 2tb drives in a tower running freenas (drives are in raidz2), it's faster than most NAS solutions out there (over Ethernet I hit 110 read / write as a gig Ethernet is fully saturated by the drives) , that would be my suggestion for your drives otherwise you're just going to be paying a lot of money for something pre built that sports an atom processor with 1gb ram (I have a dual core ivy bridge celeron, 8gb memory and SSD with the OS installed)

Of course just my 2 cents thumb.gif

Thanks for chiming in.

If I run FreeNAS how would you suggest I configure it? My RAID card is a Perc 6i and I only have 8GB of non-ECC RAM so I assume that takes ZFS off the table right (I read you need 1GB of RAM for ever 1TB of storage in your array (16) and that it should be ECC)? Therefore should I just let my Perc 6i handle the RAID instead of putting in in JBOD mode and just not use ZFS?

The hardware I have available for my NAS is the following:

CPUs: Q6600, and a few other Core2Duos (e6420, e8400, etc.)
RAM: 8GB DDR2-677 RAM (non-ECC)
Mobo: Blood Iron P35
Storage: 8GB micro flash drive
RAID disks: 8x2TB Hitachi Desktar 7k3000 drives
RAID Controller: Perc 6i with 2xSAS->4xSATA cables
PSU: 430w PSU
Case: Mid-tower case with 8x3.5" drive bays

I do have another 16GB of DDR3-800 laying around but it's not ECC either and I'd need to get a new motherboard to use it.
post #4 of 8
I would not run RAID6, the rebuild time for a degraded array is going to be long enough that a URE is not unlikely. Personally, I think that single and double parity arrays have been surpassed by drive capacity, and RAID10 is the best of the standard/layered array types for most uses (home).

I would, again this is my personaloopinion, run the drives as you have them but as DAS with sharing over ethernet. Or, if you want a home server (I would always pick home server over NAS, as it's basically an immensely more functional machine that can act as NAS too), grab some Intel 2-/4-port GbEth cards from eBay, or better yet a pair or more of 10GbEth cards and a switch, and have remote storage that's nearly as fast as local storage but accessible to everyone on the network courtesy of a decent Wi-Fi adapter.

Just my thoughts.
   
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Would like you to know a cloud backup service will slow your internet speed down quite alot, idk were in the usa of **** internet ya can get more then a 250gb bandwidth limit a month.

Good luck with your storage. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

I would not run RAID6, the rebuild time for a degraded array is going to be long enough that a URE is not unlikely. Personally, I think that single and double parity arrays have been surpassed by drive capacity, and RAID10 is the best of the standard/layered array types for most uses (home).

I would, again this is my personaloopinion, run the drives as you have them but as DAS with sharing over ethernet. Or, if you want a home server (I would always pick home server over NAS, as it's basically an immensely more functional machine that can act as NAS too), grab some Intel 2-/4-port GbEth cards from eBay, or better yet a pair or more of 10GbEth cards and a switch, and have remote storage that's nearly as fast as local storage but accessible to everyone on the network courtesy of a decent Wi-Fi adapter.

Just my thoughts.

Honestly, I just need more space and don't have the desire to spend more money on drives right now. With 16TB of usable space it's just hard to stomach only being able to use half that space. So I'm really looking for the best option that will give me more space.

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Originally Posted by Higgins909 View Post

Would like you to know a cloud backup service will slow your internet speed down quite alot, idk were in the usa of **** internet ya can get more then a 250gb bandwidth limit a month.

Good luck with your storage. smile.gif

I don't think FIOS has any bandwidth limitations on their quantum service (150down/65up) but even if they do I could just backup to the cloud incrementally. I'll have local backups in the meantime.
post #7 of 8
it would take 12 days to upload 8TB XD (If I did the math right) and thats maxing out that 65Mbps up speed.
But damn nice internet.
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Originally Posted by Higgins909 View Post

it would take 12 days to upload 8TB XD (If I did the math right) and thats maxing out that 65Mbps up speed.
But damn nice internet.

I only have 3TB of data to backup right now but yea it would probably take a week. No biggie though as it's not mission critical at this moment.
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