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Building a home file server/NAS

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Hello everyone smile.gif

I am going to build-buy a new server that will be used as a file server/NAS in my house. It will be used only to store and share data among home's PCs, and to download files from the net (torrent), it will be of course up and running h24/7.

I think that 3/4 2TB drives configured in RAID5 are good enough, I don't care too much about read/write speed because I am limited by the Gigabit Ethernet connection, software RAID would be good too, especially with ZFS.

Which kind of configuration do you suggest ? Which kind of OS suits most my needs ? Windows Server 2012 ? FreeNAS ? OpenFiler ?

I was looking for used Dell servers on ebay (i live in italy) and they are pretty cheap, I've been able to find Poweredge C1100 with 2xL5520, 24GB of ram for as low as 304$ rolleyes.gif or Poweredge 2950 with 2xE5410, 8GB of ram for 250-260$.

Thank you for your help smile.gif
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Both servers that you're looking at are going to be power hungry, quite loud and big time overkill for what you need. I would go with FreeNAS (as thats what I'm using, and of course its free), and then build a tower of your own. My personal tower consist of a dual core Celeron (sandy bridge) processor, 8GB memory and the drives that I'm using. Typically I see around 5 - 10% usage from the CPU if I'm doing heavy read / write. You could easily get away with an Atom processor, put it in a cheap case that supports 4+ drives and leave it run 24/7.

Just my 2 cents of course, its not to say that I don't have a sever as well, but I'm not going to run a dual processing machine for the kicks and giggles of freeNAS biggrin.gif
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