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I've read here about using FreeNAS and an old personal computer to prepare a home NAS.

If my hardware dies (the PC is very old), will I be able to recover data easily just using the FreeNAS HDDs in another PC?

I'll need Linux to read data, right?

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So far as I'm aware unless you have a multiple drive failure you can just move the disks to another PC and everything should be fine.

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    +1, but should also note that the other PC should be BSD based... had a few FS problems using Ubuntu... Can't remember off by heart the exact details. – William Hilsum Aug 23 '11 at 11:29
  • Mmmh... You think I could use another FS instead of BSD one so I'm sure to get compatibility in case of hardware failure? – Pitto Aug 23 '11 at 12:26
  • I meant including the boot disk so it would effectively be the same system just in a different box – Col Aug 23 '11 at 13:06
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    @pitto There's no reason you couldn't just set up an ubuntu server with samba to the same job, it's less of single purpose OS so a bit more complex to set up but you can do it. – Col Aug 23 '11 at 13:07
  • I have a little experience on Ubuntu and I'd be able to set it up but I'd fight way too much to add user based authorization on folders and sice is for a small office of a friend my mobile phone will start to ring a lot when they want tweaks. Just plain and ultra simple FreeNAS will do honestly the job (with almost-zero assistance :P) But thank you for the idea anyway :) – Pitto Aug 23 '11 at 13:34

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