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I started to consider reviving nas idea from while back.
My main purpose is media storage. Low change files

While i did use raid5 with perc5 while back for storage in this case i plan to use snapshot only as to avoid unnecessary read write and spin of hdds

At the moment i have
4×1tb
4×2tb
And new 2×8tb

The New 8tb will be the main storage while i remove old small drives

Need advice on what os and snapshot system to use

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FreeNAS is my favorite for a dedicated system, it has a lot of configuration options and features that can be utilized. The hardware requirements are a bit more than typical NAS depending on which type of "RAID" you decide to use (they recommend 1GB memory per 1TB), but should be fine with 8 - 16GB memory.
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I'd recommend unRAID.

FreeNAS is almost certainly more secure (ZFS gives you a bunch of nice things that XFS doesn't have, and I dunno if I'd trust my main array to BTRFS just yet), but it's probably overkill for simple media storage. The hardware requirements are also way less for unRAID. If you're not doing anything intensive (VMs, Plex transcoding, etc.) then you can get by on a gig or two of RAM.

For example, I have my media on an XFS array in unRAID (similar to RAID5), but my more important data - pictures, documents, and the like - are stored on a separate RAID1 mirror.
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So if I were to build a NAS with 4x4TB drives, I'd need 16gb of ram? Who makes a good NAS that could support that? I feel like at that point I might as well build a gaming rig that doubles as a NAS when I'm not gaming...
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It's highly recommended you get WD Red or Seagate NAS drives and ECC RAM to ensure you don't get errors on the drives that then cause a critical failure. So your choice is to get Intel Xeon or any post Athlon AMD CPU (they all have Opteron IMC's). If you are going to use FreeNAS then you are highly advised to get a Xeon but I found then very picky about RAM so I chose AMD and Win 8.1 instead.

 

FreeNAS is BSD based so you will have to use SAMBA, which requires a good CPU as every access instance is single threaded. It is secure and has a lot of options.

Win 8.1 or 10 have Storage Spaces, which are basically equal to what FreeNAS do but unlike FreeNAS it's paid, like UnRAID.

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