DIY home NAS – Part 1

So, I grew tired of going trough all of my external harddisks to find whatever I’m looking for. Prébuild solutions are expensive, use obsolete technology and are limited in capabilities. That’s why I came up with my own build.

It’s not my goal to get the cheapest, but the most expandable solution, both in storage as in ways of functions.

This is what I came up with:

At first, I was thinking of setting up a softraid 5 configuration.
But then I found out about ZFS for linux.  So I might try this first.

I’m going to think this over a few times. Will check out other disks, other raid-solutions, an SSD as ZFS Cache etc…
The cool thing is, later, whenever I have a good TV, I can just cram some tv card in there, so I won’t even need to stream all content over the network :)

Sounds good? Leave your comments below :)

2 thoughts on “DIY home NAS – Part 1”

  1. Cool!

    Depending on how much money you want to spend though, I’d opt for the i5 instead of i3.
    For only a little extra cost you get a quad core processor with Turbo Boost. Seeing how you want to cram a tv card in there and whatnot in the future, it might be the better choice.

    Keep us posted. You’re making me want to build a new machine myself.

    1. Well, that’s a left-over from the idea of having a power-efficiënt setup :)
      I’ll check the i5 and it’s prices this evening.

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