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I've got an AMD 64-bit Phenom x3 chip and will be dedicating my computer to all-NAS functions. Mobo has 6 SATA connectors & 2GB. Can you recommend NAS software that can handle staggered spin-up; and rapid rebuilds of RAID5 or RAID10 configurations?

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I eventually settled on setting up a Ubuntu Server and ran the 'mdadm' to configure three RAID sets across different partitions. System has been rock solid so far. None of my 4 drives have had any issues :) running both RAID5 and RAID1. –  Rolnik Nov 17 '10 at 21:12

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You can look at http://www.freenas.org ... not sure if they do the staggered spin up though. Worth a shot.

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Thank you Sakamoto, I believe I might give them a try on one of my experimental boxes. I note the use an OpenBSD kernel. –  Rolnik Aug 19 '09 at 22:47
    
The current version uses a FreeBSD 7 kernel. I set one up for my dad and it works like a charm. –  Walter Apr 21 '10 at 22:47

Openfiler is another option free option, here is the feature list.

You should also look at serverfault, which has a few NAS related questions.

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Stukelly, thank you for your comment. I see Openfiler allows for bonded NICs. Nice feature. –  Rolnik Aug 20 '09 at 15:56

I may try Multiple Devices Admin (mdadm) under a Ubuntu Server install.
The links below generally describe:
1) installation of Ubuntu
2) Identify the name of the RAID array and its configuration
3) Format the array -- start or assemble the array
4) Create partitions (Either w/ install of Ubuntu, or later using fdisk)
5) mount the array
6) Make the file system using the 'mkfs' command
7) Set up CIFS/SAMBA to operate using the file system

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Waiting for memory to be delivered to complete the HW. I'm going to try the above, with <a href="webmin.com/">Wemin</a>; as a front end to make maintenance easier. –  Rolnik Aug 25 '09 at 16:59

Maybe you should try euroNAS - it is a commercial software but very poweful and easy to use - you can find it under http://www.euronas.com

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