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Oscar F

Building a new NAS. Need recommendations.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've been putting this off for a while, but my old NAS at home is quite old and I feel like I need something newer.

I have so far picked out some parts, but I'm not sure that they are going to be the most appropriate, so I need some recommendations.

(Mostly gonna use for storing files but also want it for general purpose)

Also, if I have to, I'll spend some money, but trying to keep it on a budget (relatively).


Here is what I've been thinking about:

  • RAID (either 5 or 6) (open to suggestions) with either 4 or 6 drives.
  • Set up an SSD cache to make up for the slow write speeds.
  • Separate drive for boot and server software
  • Most likely gonna use Ubuntu Server since it is what I've been using for the past 3 years.
  • Eventually set-up 10 Gbps with SFP+ fiber adapters.

Parts that I've considered:

  • HDD's: Seagate IronWolf
  • SSD: Samsung 970 evo
  • Raid Card: No idea (Is it better to get a mother board with a lot of SATA ports or a RAID card?)
  • Network Card: Not too sure either
  • Computer: (I was thinking about a Ryzen build mostly because of all those PCI-e lanes, and that ECC support)(maybe first gen Threadripper since they've gone down in price)
  • Network Switch: MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+IN 

On the software side:

I'm a newbie to RAID, so I need some reading material (forum posts, articles, videos, etc) before attempting it myself.

I also need some info on setting different drives for different partitions.


Current Setup:

  • Old Dell Optiplex 390, Intel Core i5-2400, 4GB RAM, 4TB HDD (No RAID), 4x Gbps NIC
  • Netgear JGS524 24-port Gigabit Network Switch



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