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So I got everything ordered for my NAS except drives. I was thinking about using FreeNAS because it sounds easier for new users and it sounds like that would be the raid controller. I have never used raid or a nas before so I don't know how to move forward. Here is what I would like to do.

my motherboard has 4 sata ports, so i was thinking about running x3 4TB SSDs in raid 0 with 12TB of storage and in the last port run a 16TB HDD not in the ssd raid so i can backup the raid to that.

Is this possible?

If so,

Can I start with 1 SSD  and the HDD, and add SSDs as i go? How does it work adding drives to a raid? Thinking about how raid 0 works, would adding a drive wipe information on raid?

Also will i need any extra network equipment to connect to nas? I would like to leave nas hardwired to my main pc. If i added 10Gb cards to both and leave them connected there and use the 1Gb ports for internet, would that work and give me super fast transfer speeds?

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Why ssds? Them seem kinda expensive and overkill for home use, you will be limited by the 1g network anywyas. 

 

You can run a 10g point point link.

 

Yea that array is possible, but not really reccomended, and you still want a offsite backup.

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15 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Why ssds? Them seem kinda expensive and overkill for home use, you will be limited by the 1g network anywyas.

would I see a improvement in speed with ssd vs hdd?

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Just now, Stryver said:

would I see a improvement in speed with ssd vs hdd?

What are you using the nas for? WHat is being stored on it?

 

If you have a gigabit netowrk, probalby not, your networking limited with a single hdd.

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9 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

What are you using the nas for? WHat is being stored on it?

File sharing, plex, and would like to play with VMs maybe a small web server

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Just now, Stryver said:

File sharing, plex, and would like to play with VMs maybe a small web server

Are you hosting vms on the system or using it as storage for anouther hypervisor? I wouldn't use freenas for vms too much, something like proxmox would do much better here.

 

Filesharing and plex and a small web server won't care about the extra perf.

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5 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Are you hosting vms on the system or using it as storage for anouther hypervisor? I wouldn't use freenas for vms too much, something like proxmox would do much better here.

 

Filesharing and plex and a small web server won't care about the extra perf.

on the system for now. just trying to get my feet wet and learn how this stuff works.

ok so go with hdd. Raid5? 3 drives?

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1 minute ago, Stryver said:

on the system for now. just trying to get my feet wet and learn how this stuff works.

ok so go with hdd. Raid5? 3 drives?

What is the hardware of the system?

 

With 4 drvies for home use id probably go raid5 with 4 drives. Risk isn't that big, and backups will keep you safe if something goes wrong.

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12 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

What is the hardware of the system?

 I wanted to use the am4 so i could upgrade it easy if i need more juice.

psu is sx700-g

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Stryver said:

 I wanted to use the am4 so i could upgrade it easy if i need more juice.

psu is sx700-g

 

 

 

Im guessing your using thta ssd for boot?

 

how much usable storage do you need? Id probably go 4x 8tb drives, get the shucked ones if you want it cheaper

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1 hour ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Im guessing your using thta ssd for boot?

 

how much usable storage do you need? Id probably go 4x 8tb drives, get the shucked ones if you want it cheaper

yes

 

with raid5 would i have 24TB of storage?

and do you think i should use FreeNAS or something else?

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1 minute ago, Stryver said:

with raid5 would i have 24TB of storage?

Yea, it will work fine. A bit higher change of issue, but its still not a big issue, and restore backups if something goes wrong.

 

2 minutes ago, Stryver said:

and do you think i should use FreeNAS or something else?

If you got the hardware you can play with different os options, but freenas is a pretty good start.

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3 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

 restore backups if something goes wrong.

 

 

what is the best way to backup? another offsite nas?

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1 minute ago, Stryver said:

what is the best way to backup? another offsite nas?

yea thats a pretty good way to. Or cloud storage, or something like tapes or external hdds offsite.

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Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

yea thats a pretty good way to. Or cloud storage, or something like tapes or external hdds offsite.

perfect... Thank you so much for all the help!

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