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 Post subject: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 9:01 am 
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A picture of my new NAS, nicknamed 'Juggernaut'.

It has ten 2 TB drives and boots from a USB flash drive running FreeNAS. The drives are a part of a ZFS pool using RAID-Z2 (like RAID-6 but avoids the read-update-write software RAID-5/6 performance penalty).

Total formatted capacity is 14.9 TB (15,258.8 GB).



(EDIT: correction on drive quantities.)

UPDATE 6/24/2012: this system has been retired and sold, replaced with the newer Juggernaut mark II.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 9:03 am 
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nice :P

You gonna buy me one?


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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 9:14 am 
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Mad3813 wrote:
You gonna buy me one?

I spent about $1,600 U.S. on this build. It wasn't that expensive, given what it is.

Edit: that figure includes five 2 TB drives. I already had five that I'm re-purposing.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 9:35 am 
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Parts list (minus cables, cooling, drives, input devices, and the USB thumb drive):

Intel Pentium E6700 Wolfdale 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E6700
Foxconn G31MXP-K I7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
PROMISE SATA300 TX4 PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 4-Port Adapter
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
LIAN LI PC-A70F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Case

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 4:16 pm 
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Very nice unit, you certainly have a large digital library. I've yet to go to that extreme with a vast majority of my collect [which I don't seem to view] contained on physical DVD's. I have a room with three multi shelved units containing 1200+ DVDs. I really should look into consolidating and digitizing that collection to free up that space.

The price of HDD have serious come down a lot in recent years, only $1600 that is still very cheap.

What's the noise like and where does it live relative to your viewing locations?

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 4:50 pm 
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I only have about 6.8 TB of digital media so far, but I download all my T.V. in high def and also use this as a file server for games and system mirrors/backups, so figured I'd shoot big.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 12th, 2011, 6:37 pm 
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Ah yes, I'm still only downloading SD where possible. Well for TV series' as I'm mindful of my storage limits, only got around 5TB total of storage currently available.

I've noticed TV series in 720p are usually larger in data size than an equivalent movie in 720p. Which has always perplexed me.

Yeah you went for big, make me want to do the same. Must make it easier when you don't have to worry about storage.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 13th, 2011, 12:10 am 
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Thanks for the info on ZFS! I've been wanting/needing to build a NAS fileserver for several years now, but was only aware of prohibitively expensive (and size limited) commercial NAS boxen until this post. This changes everything for me!

Question for you, after reading up on FreeNAS. How well does the uTorrent integration of MCM work with Transmission and/or Deluge torrent clients? FreeNAS has Transmission as part of the default loadout, and would love for the NASbox to handle my torrenting. I personally prefer Deluge as a client for my hands-on machines, but whichever works best with MCM would be fine with me since it's going to be headless anyway. If no or poor current functionality with Deluge or Transmission, do you plan on looking into it now that you have a FreeNAS set up?


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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 13th, 2011, 7:25 am 
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MCM doesn't support any integration with other bittorrent clients like it does with uTorrent. It would just be a file hand-off and then wait for it to finish scenario. Basic automation.

Honestly, I prefer having a client I can manage the hosts. list on easier, such as the use of PeerBlock or its equivalent. I don't torrent from a machine where I can't garner this kind of protection.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS
PostPosted: April 14th, 2011, 10:23 am 
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Edit: fixed some drive calculation issues now that the system is up and running.

Also, grand total to build this right now in the U.S. is about $1,450 shipped:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13729251

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