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  1. Hey guys, as per the title I'm totally new to this. I already have the hardware - a spare computer, a few HDDs, an SSD and a case that can hold 13 HDDs! The main users will be me, locally while I set it up, and then I'd like some sort of access when I'm at Uni. My Mum, whom will be in the same house (on the same network?) as the server. My Grandmother who will be accessing it from her house. I'd like to use this for 3 things - Plex Server for TV, Movies, and family photos/videos - A web hosting server for my interest in learning JavaScript - A way to remotely backup files and Windows Backups (the RAID is the middle man. I am not using it for backup, I know the drill haha!) Ok, so on that third point. This is where you'll see I know nothing. This is what I want to happen. My Gma and Mum both take pictures on their phones. These are then auto uploaded to the Server through, I think, nextcloud. What ever folder those go into on the RAID will then be incrementally backed up to an External drive locally, and also to a drive I have in my room at Uni. Those files will also need to be accessed by the Plex server so that family photo's can be viewed by everyone. I would also like to set up a Windows Backup for all computers onto an external HDD, and then have that HDD incrementally backed up onto the raid, and then same thing - Have that incrementally backed up to the local and my external HDD! I would also like to have, again I think, a Samba share on all the computers that all Important documents can be manually added to, and have that backed up onto the external HDDs. What I'd like to know is HOW to go about getting all that up and going. I'd like to use UnRAID if that's possible, I know this forum really likes FreeNAS, but the data that will be on the PleX Server will all be either re-rippable, or backed up. So while annoying, not the end of the world.
  2. I'm looking at the possibility of building my own NAS to store media content and share it with friends and family over the internet. From looking online I see a lot of people doing this kind of thing but there seems to be some conflicting information about the best equipment to use (as there is with just about any technology topic!). My very general idea at the moment is to build a 4 x 3tb drive raid in an ITX case. Beyond that I don't have much figured out. Can anyone advise me on which particular motherboard, CPU, raid controller etc to use? How much RAM would it need? How much do the specs of these components actually affect the operation of the unit overall? Any input appreciated. Thanks.
  3. I currently have a 6700K with a Noctua NH-D15 cooler on an MSI Z170-A Pro motherboard. My CPU was thermal throttling because the VRM's were not being cooled well enough, and I found out that the VRM's are actually pretty bad on this board. I figure that if I want to replace the mobo, then I can reuse my current mobo for a home NAS + rendering server. Having an empty Z170 board means I need to buy a new Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU. At that point, then I might as well do a full CPU and mobo upgrade on my system. So here's the breakdown of what I'll be upgrading and what I'll be buying for the new system. Config ideas for upgrading my current system: Intel i7-8700K CPU: $347 Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming Mobo: $192 New case will be a Be Quiet Dark Base 700: $170 Keeping the CPU cooler (Noctua NH-D15) Keeping the GPU (EVGA GTX 1080 SuperClocked) Keeping the PSU (EVGA SuperNova P2 650W 80+ Platinum) Keeping the RAM 2133Mhz (G.Skill RipJaws V 32GB kit (2 x 16GB) Parts for the Server: MSI Z170-A Motherboard (being reused from current build) Intel i7-6700K (coming from the current build) Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo: $20 EVGA - B3 450W 80+ Bronze: $57 Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (being reused from current build) G.Skill RipJaws V 3000Mhz 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB): $162 2X WD Red 4TB drives: $125 each for a total of $250 I don't think I need a dedicated GPU for the server (although I do have an Nvidia GT 720 lying around if necessary). I plan to install Windows Server 2016 for the 2nd system, and have it handle streaming over an ethernet connection. Lastly, if I get a wifi expansion card for the server, can I set up that server to be able to stream videos to my smart devices in my house? Thank you to anyone who helps me figure this out.
  4. FreeNAS Corral

    I have installed freeNAS Corral 10 and I would connect it to Plex. Whenever I would create a Docker Host, it successfully creates the host but the indicator light only blinks rather than turn green. And when I create a container, the creation of the said container gets stuck at about 20%. I would like to know what are the possible reasons to this and how can it be resolved. Thanks in advance
  5. Hello everyone, Here is my situation, I'm a photographer that relies only on lightroom with a mac and a synology drive, I recently switched to PC ! Before i was using chronosync and I'm searching for a windows software that could do those types of things : -I have some file that has the word "CACOM" in it, they are all organized between folders (like a 3 level arborescence of folders) with other files which are not tagged with this word, i want to take the folder arborescence and take only the file with the CACOM and copy them in my NAS network drive TL;DR : searching for a backup solution that reproduces the folders but only take the specified name files and that replaces with the newest file if I changed it. If anyone has an idea of an easy to configure and reliable software like that with some more other options like even programed backup and all the filtering stuff, i would be super happy to know it ! Chronosync was super convenient ! Thank in advance !
  6. Hi, i am looking for a Point-to-Point Gigabit Radio system. 2.4 ghz and 500 mbps atleast. Looking to create a NAS system with a buddy over air line. And we live 300 meter away from each other. So a ethernet cable not do us much… got any tips? Anything is much appreciated. something like airfiber or airmax but a cheaper option.
  7. I will sell my laptop soon. But I want to save everything I have on my drives on my NAS. I want something to sync, not just to copy. If I shut down my laptop I don't want it to re-start the initial copying, I want it to continue. I have like 700-800GB of small files to transfer... Until I find a buyer, I want to make sure that everything I have is already saved. What software should I use? P.S. I don't want to take the HDD and put another one in. The one in the laptop is crappy, I will sell the laptop with it.
  8. I'm Australian. I'm not sure if that matters, but before people start talking about US/Canada all in one solutions, it's impossible to freight something for cheap. I've tried searching the forum, and and I can't seem to find a comprehensive answer to a question I only just realized I need to ask before buying a home server. I'm looking at picking up on Ebay an old 16Bay rack mount NAS server. It's internals are unimportant for now because they are all up-gradable and I haven't bought anything yet, I've just been looking for a case on the cheap for a while, but I'll list them for the sake of something to work with: ASUS Z8NA-D6C Xeon E5620 x2 24GB ECC RAM 10GbE Now, my question is in regards to drive maintenance, and adding drives to the pool after initial setup. Everyone seems to be in agreement that you cannot add more drives to a FreeNAS pool, except when you can in a specific way. *Confused face* My plan is to use the server to stream TV, Movies and music to the rest of my house. My current setup: 2011 MacMini 500GB HDD via Sata - OS 1TB HDD via USB2 - Music Storage 3TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Burstcoin 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Burstcoin 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Downloading drive and TV Show overflow 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Movie Storage 8TB HDD via USB3 - TV Show Storage Sonarr for TV Shows Safari for everything else PIA for VPN Plex for streaming I'd like my new system to emulate the same functionality that I've been working with since 2016, as this system just works. I would like to, however, enhance the capabilities somewhat. I have no backups. I don't have any more hdds, and if i did I have no more ports to use *facepalm* My biggest concern moving into the NAS arena, is expandability. I'm obviously not going to go out and buy 16 brand new 12TB drives just so I can have the best system from the start. I want to have something serviceable with little upfront cost, and expand as my needs do. My initial purchase will most likely include 2x8TB drives, but I might be able to get 4x4TB for a cheaper per TB price, so that's not set in stone. Then once I have something set up and move all my current data onto the server, I think I plan on cannibalizing the rest of the HDDs in my house for extra space "for now" with a big plan to replace all repurposed drives, but don't know how that is exactly going to work. All I want is a server that has enough redundancy that if I pull out 1 drive, I can replace it without loosing all the data. A system I can add a drive to, two to three times a year without requiring I obtain just as many TB of external HDDs to backup all my data too. Something like this https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/919-expand-a-raid-volume sounds right up my alley, but this is talking about Windows 2003 Server. Is this possible on FreeNAS? I'm new here, be gentle if this is in detail somewhere on the forum.
  9. Old PC, new NAS, new purpose

    Hello everyone, as I noticed by looking around, this is a very abused dead horse, so to say. But I wanted the opinion from people with more knowledge than I can assimilate from reading other's posts. I have an old(not really old in my books) computer with decent parts,which I was still using well up to date. But I just recently got myself a "better" one for use daily. So as I was watching the videos about it, and started thinking about it. My old computer has this components: Intel I3-3240 ASUS Z77-A Corsair CXM CX430M (430W) Kingston HyperX Black 4GB SanDisk SSD 64GB(currently has Windows 10) WD Green HD 1TB(currently has movies, music, files, and some games which I haven't played in over 2 years) Plan on adding another 1TB HD, maybe more. I'm attempting on not spending any more money on this(besides the HDs). The main use for the NAS would be to share the files, movies and music(not so much) between devices, Mostly to watch the movies on the TV via Chromecast or Roku, also sharing to a Windows 10 computer(new computer) and chromebooks(the computer would most likely just copy the movie to their own storage then watch), and maybe even android phones. I would prefer the possibility of having the "cloud" feature, so if I'm on the go, I can access my files across the country, but it is not a must, I normally carry a HD with me when travelling more than 3 hour drive. Most likely the computer will be 24/7 with occasional power off for a couple days. Having remote access(on/off) is not a must but would be handy in case of power outage. I do have a slow internet at home, but I don't depend on high speed to get things, I can afford a few extra minutes to get my files if away from home. Back to the subject, I would like the opinion on which OS to use, and route to take with this. It feels that what is dragging my down is my RAM, which I'm trying not to upgrade just to have a NAS. And a big thank you for taking your time to read my post, and I would appreciate your advice on this matter.
  10. Sas /nas drives in pc

    Is it possible to use Nas / Sas drives in a regular pc?
  11. Hello! I apologize for my English, I use Google translator, and myself from Russia. I'll get down to business. I want to collect nas for the house. Tasks: 1. Download movies by torrent 2. Transfer 4K HDR video over a home network, in particular to a smart LG TV. Actually, from all this I care about the choice of iron on the second question? I ask for help)
  12. NAS build (noob)

    Hi all, I'm based in the UK. I'm a reasonable user of unix/python etc and have watched linus for a while -> ergo I want to build my first machine I want to build a NAS type machine to serve two purposes. 1) Principally to store files - ideally capacity for at least 4x3.5" HDD drives 2) Run some scientific scripts (I'm a research computational geologist in a university) so the ability to remote access my own linux server? (virtualisation?) and run some codes could be quite handy. However if this overcomplicates, increases the cost significantly or reduces functionality then this could be depreciated. I have access to other machines for this purpose. 3) Run plex or something similar as I have a whole stack of dvds. Budget is ~£400-600 excluding the hard drives. I have no existing components to use in my build. Case I see a lot of people go down the route of these cubes by kolink or fractal design. They both store 4x3.5". I'm not too fussed about the shape of my case and would be happy with a corsair if it meant I could fit a faster processor/more RAM etc for a lower price? Given how much I think the case dictates what types of motherboards or number of hard drives you can fit I think this is a good launch point. There just seems to many different ways to go about this its abit daunting. Im wary of buying old gear from ebay for this first build and would prefer new components. I'm intrigued by using FreeNAS/unRAID but I'm wondering whether to set it to ubuntu (like this guy) so that I can ssh in and not have to deal with using virtual machines. Looking forward to hearing some suggestions!
  13. Plex Server

    So i am building a Plex server the will be on 24/7 I will be running my drives in raid but I want to know if the drives have to be NAS drives for the server. I wont be doing lots of writing to it just mostly reading. They will be running 274/7 to i dont know if regular HDD can do it. I am just looking for feedback.
  14. I recently got a Synology DS418play and it's supposed to be able to do 4k streaming. However, even with 1080p and sometimes 720p videos it's often very slow and buffers for a long time on Plex. I'm not sure if it's some sort of setting, but I can't seem to get it to stream lag-free within my home network. I heard that hardware acceleration could be enabled to help it, but I can't seem to find that option anywhere. Any suggestions for settings or solutions would be appreciated! Thanks
  15. Looking for a Supermicro barebones for a NAS running FreeNAS. I'd like at least 4 drive bays and I'd like everything but the CPU and RAM included, as well as a PCIe slot for a x8 10G NIC, but otherwise I'd just like whatever one is the best value. The X8SIL-F looks decent, but I think I can get a better deal than the one I was looking at ($120 including shipping). An eBay link to a listing would be greatly appreciated. And shipping needs to be included in the price because those servers are heavy and shipping is expensive (zip is 60658 in the US if you'd like to calculate). Thanks in advance for any help.
  16. Thoughts on a NAS server

    I am in need of a NAS in some redundant config. I don’t care about anything being hot swappable but would appreciate a redundant raid. the primary use would be for storage / on-site backup. i was wondering how suitable a DIY Ryzen 2200g based setup would be for something like this? id like the input from anyone with experience in cheap DIY NAS, and no I don’t want a ready made solution (I enjoy building PCs)
  17. RAID 1 recovery?

    I had a drive failure in my NAS (Buffalo LS-WVL/R1 Series) which was running RAID 1 (two drives) so I swapped the drive out thinking it would rebuild it but after a reboot it went straight into emergency mode. Updating the firmware, as far as Buffalo are concerned, is the only way to get out of it. But in doing so, I will lose all data on the NAS. I have tried other methods, but it seems that taking the remaining drive out and using software to recover the data is the only solution. Does anyone know of a free program that can recover it that doesn't have a recovery limit?
  18. I am considering building a server/NAS sort of thing but I'm on a tight budget. I am looking to use 4x2TB hard drives, but I don't know which kind to get. WD has Desktop drives for $60, Surveillance drives for $74, and NAS hard drives for close to $90. All of the data will be backed up, obviously. Which drive would be the best for my scenario?
  19. confirmation on my nas server

    my list photo (basket) links for mobo, i was going to get the Asus Prime X470 Pro but it got expensive and the Amazon seller is out of stock so its only available from 3rd parties. should i get another one? just to be sure i can expand my raid 5 array? https://broadcom.com/support/knowledgebase/1211161503168/how-to-expand-an-array-on-megaraid-controllers-adding-drives-to- btw do i need something like this for my raid card or does it already have sata?
  20. Hi I was wondering if I could get some advice. Things that the NAS should be able todo: Backup for local computers Remote collection for pictures (iPhoto, currently on many different drives) PLEX server I am currently looking a buildup about the following: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/vhX4dX How does this look?
  21. Synology DS215J Question

    I wonder if anyone can answer me a quick question about this NAS. Now what im finding is if i move\delete files from the drive i dont get the free space back immediately, instead it sticks the files in a recycled folder in which i then have to go and delete manually. Is there a way to just get the files to delete first time and not mess around? Thanks
  22. NAS for Co-Worker

    Hello everyone! So my Co-worker built a house and asked me if I could help him with Networking (hardware and software). He wants a NAS for media streaming with a maximum of 4 or 5 Clients (TV / Phone / PC, NB). I built my own NAS, but I am not that confident to build him a custom one. So I am searching for a reliable, good, but also good price/performance, 2 or 4 bay Rackmount NAS. So far I was thinking about "NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN3138-100NES". Do you have any suggestions?? Thank you very much in advance!
  23. Hi, what is the best for a multi purpose home server / NAS between this server chassis https://inter-tech.de/en/products/ipc/server-cases/4u-4088-s and a more traditional case like this one : http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=452&area=en Thanks
  24. I am looking for an atx tower case with a sas backplane for at least 6 hot swap drives to build a nas out of my gaming tower. I seen the Silverstone cs340b but it had poor thermal reviews. Thanks for any advise in advanced.
  25. Good morning, We are a small video game company working on what could be called "Dark Souls in Space". So far, we went by with a SVN on a NAS made from normal HDD in a 12 years old dusty PC. We were making backup by hand on a external HDD I kept at home. We have been hiring, and now we are looking for something more stable, safer, faster, easier to remote control, able to do automatic backup, and the ability to schedule game builds on PC, Mac and Linux. Considering we can only build for Mac on a Mac, we will obviously need a setup with more than 1 computer. I've been looking at a 2U server hotswappable server chassis for hosting the depot, with proper ECC memory and NAS HDDs. However... my knowledge pretty much stop there. I have no clue what is good and what isn't. The SVN/Matchmaking server doesn't need much CPU, but mostly disk space and responsiveness. The build machine some good CPU, but not so much disk space, as its task will be to pull a changelist off the depot, open it, compile it, and push back the result. Where should I begin with all this?