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Sir Glacius

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    Advice about building my own NAS

    I have no experience with FreeNas but there are a ton of guides out there. I plan to keep the original data as well for a couple of months so i have time to learn how the software works. Worst case scenario i mess it all up, call it an "adventure" and just start over If you have any tips however they are always welcome.
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    Advice about building my own NAS

    Sorry for not being clear on the use case. I need a lot of long term storage for video and photos. To start with 3 8TB drives in Raid 5 will give me 16TB but that will be expanded to 8 drives over the coming years. I haven't found a NAS that can do this for under 800$. And yes i am aware that is over 1500$ in drives that's why i am planning to add the storage in stages.
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    Advice about building my own NAS

    Hey Guys, I want a nas for backups and long term storage for me and my family. Since buying a nas is very expensive i am considering throwing together a cheap system and use that instead. For example something like this: Motherboard: ASRock A88M-G/3.1 (it has 8 SATA ports and it's cheap) $75 Processor: AMD Athlon X4 840 $40 Power Supply: Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 400W $35 Ram: 16GB DDR3 stick with ECC $75 Cables & case: $35 Total price: +/- $260 As you probably guessed i do have some questions: Am i overlooking something that explains the $500 between something like this and a prebuild nas? Should i spend a little more and get better hardware? Is there a reason why i shouldn't use Surveillance drives instead of the more expensive NAS drives? Do you have any software suggestions? (I hear FreeNas works well) I want to start with 3 or 4 drives in RAID 5 and add more drives later is that possible with the software? What happens if my boot drive or motherboard dies? Can i recover data? All feedback is very welcome thank you! Edit: Total storage capacity will be around 16TB to start off but i will probably need to expand that to 50+ over the coming years. Add in redundancy and the price of the hard drives and it seems a lot more economical to build something my self that can be expanded with up to 8 drives than buying a NAS for this capacity.
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