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Cheaper alternative to ZFS Storage for a home NAS

I'm looking to build a NAS for home use with 8-10*(2-4TB) drives, out of which 2-3 drives would be used for parity via software RAID. In the past years and up to date, ZFS seems to have become the ...
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ZFS and FreeNAS: Mirror using half a drive

I'm planning to set up a FreeNAS server with two of my spare drives: 1x 1TB drive 1x 2TB drive Both drives are identical besides their capacity and neither has any data on it. Is it possible to ...
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What ZFS-layout for mixed redundancy?

I'm currently planning to update my little home NAS (little Ubuntu Atom system with currently 12TB storage). I need 2 levels of different redundancy: very high level for important personal data, ...
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FreeNas ZFS Non-Striped Configuration To Maximize Available Space?

I have a 4 disk (2.0TB each) FreeNas setup and I want to maximize the space available for storage. From what I've read that would involve using the stripe configuration, but that also increases the ...
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Is there a benefit to having NAS with ECC memory and ZFS filesystem when I work on systems with neither?

Recently I've read some alarming stats on corruption rates in systems with non-ECC RAM and typical filesystems. From what I can Google, having a system with ECC RAM running ZFS is probably the best ...
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Home ZFS based NAS…What processor/chipset to use? [closed]

So, I'm building a home/personal NAS. My plan is to expose both SMB fileshares for sharing files/media between hosts, but also to carve an iSCSI target LUN out of it for use by VMWare as a datastore. ...
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Non Raid - Symbolic links

I have 3x 3TB drives and 2x 1TB drives. I want to use all drives without RAID, but to be shown as a single volume. So that if a drive fails only the information on that failed drive will be lost. ...
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FreeNAS/ZFS/Raid-Z slightly different disks

I'm considering using FreeNAS and "recycling" some of my older 1TB disks. Two are the exact same model Western Digital while another is Seagate and the fourth is Samsung. Typically, since all disks ...
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Managing disk in a VM

I'm replacing my two old rack servers with a new one that has plenty of power to take over the functionality my current servers. The server is a 4U rack mount with 16 3.5" SAS drive bays, two 2.5" ...
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SSDs for ZFS boot, ZIL and L2ARC [closed]

I'm assembling a 88 TB ZFS NAS with 128 GB RAM. The data that is going onto it will be write-once-only binary files, organized on average as 20+ GB files, and will thereafter be subject to multiuser ...
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FreeNAS 8 and ext fs

i'm trying out freenas8 for my personal NAS, i have lots of data that was in an ubuntu server, but somehow i never got the file sharing right. on freenas things just worked. i installed on usb, tried ...
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Choice of an OS for a home ZFS NAS

I am preparing a home NAS with an old Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 4 GB ECC RAM, Asus M2V MX motherboard, and a single 3 TB WDC Green (another one as mirror may be installed in the future). It's the cheapest ...
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NAS - ZFS system versus NTFS or EXT4 system

I was contemplating purchasing a QNAP 459-II for my home storage/streaming needs and a friend advised me that I should look into ZFS rather. I read up a bit on the filing system technology and was ...
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Can you migrate an installation of Ubuntu Server from one volume to another?

Apparently, this question might be subjective (though I don't know how). Essentially, here's what I have in mind: I'm going to be building a NAS and am considering Ubuntu for the OS due to some of ...
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ZFS NAS: PCI-e x1 SATA or built-in ICH10R?

I am planning to install Nexenta (or NexentaStor, I've not decided yet) to build a ZFS NAS out from the following machine: MB: Intel DG45FC Disks: 4x 2TB WD caviar green RAM: 2x 2GB of non-ECC ...
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How to build a NAS?

I have quite a bit of photos I'd like to organize and get away from sparse DVDs and move to a NAS solution. Ideally, this would let me have some level of redundancy and more easily find what I'm ...
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ZFS moving drives around

At some point I'm going to build an OpenSolaris based NAS. I was wondering that if I make a 4 drive RaidZ1 pool and at some point need to move the pool to another OpenSolaris server do is there ...
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Is ZFS and RAID-Z worth using in home made NAS (freeNAS for example)

Features of ZFS and RAID-Z look vary promising. Looks like it is a perfect FS for home NAS solutions, poor man's Drobo things and alike. Are there any drawbacks I should be aware of?