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A really NAS 4 free

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valgreen
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A really NAS 4 free

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I assemby this computer some years ago, in 1999. And it was left at parents house and some years ago almost not used. Sometimes when I visited my parents and have something simple to work.
It is a Pentium III @ 450 MHz, 6.4 GB Hard Disk and 640 MB RAM (Originally 128 MB).
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A couple of days ago a friend gives me some electronic trash for properly disposing, including 2 abandoned Seagate ST34311A (4.3 GB each), so I tested them and they worked. It's not my first NAS, but I is a good chance to test my old as a NAS without loosing any installed software. Most of time I use linux and I first tried with openmediavault but it didn't boot.
So this is my first NAS4Free instalation with a "free hardware". And Its working OK.
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One Harddisk for the system and the other one for Data. This computer can't boot from USB.

Not many new operating systems work with old hardware, I'm really glad that this old computer works with mas4free.

Some curious facts.
This computer runs in Windows XP, System Stability Tester (downloadable at sourceforge.net) with 2 turns and 2 threads in 2:48 minutes, Pentium G630 does in less than 5 seconds. I can´t upload a picture of the speed tests becase this is on the 40 GB disk shown in front of one picture. Of course BIOS limits it capacity to 32GB :lol:
The other 6.4 GB disk has galpon minino. Maybe the coolest linux distro for old computers.

:o I remember ... se this old computer running galpon minino at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnNvgI_0yfU

If usefull for somebody, the CRT monitor looses focus, I adapted a home made knob to focus it drilling a hole to the case. Of course, all that job was done with te power off, an electric shock from a CRT is very dangerous.
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This computer case can't be upgraded, the power supply is 250W AT, no ATX, and cant hold any ATX or mini ITX motherboard. It just has a hole for the big keyboard connector.Image and the only upgrades it has is the 100 Mbit PCI card, the original was a 10 Mbit ISA, yes there is an ISA slot at the bottom of the motherboard
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OK, thats all for now. Lets continue setting up the NAS.

Thanks for reading my post. :)

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Re: A really NAS 4 free

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Whoow a AT based P3 system thats very rare :D Its fun to play with old HW :)
ZFS Server hardware build video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBYMVUNrvDY

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Re: A really NAS 4 free

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The 350 MHz PIII was an upgrade :lol: this computer was born with a 233 Mhz PII
Years ago, a friend exchanged me the PIII and a 250MB laptop hardisk for a VGA ISA card and an AT power supply ;)

The laptop is the oldest PC I have. Is a 386sx 20 Mhz, 1 MB RAM, LCD monochrome, and of course 250 MB harddisk and still running with windows 3.1 :o

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Re: A really NAS 4 free

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Aww...that takes me back to my time with the Asus P2B...I actually had both versions of that motherboard...The DS and LS (dual and single proc.) Those were some good times...

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Re: A really NAS 4 free

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Nice second life for the system!

Wonderful to see this old hardware used again.
System specs: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4 -embedded on Samsung 860 EVO 256GB and Supermicro X10SL7-F w / Bios v3.2, IPMI v.03.86 / CPU E3-1241 v3 @ 3.50GHz - 32GB Crucial DDR3L 1600mhz ECC 1.35v , LSI 2308 on PH20.00.07.00 IT mode, Storage: 5x Western Digital Red (WD30EFRX) raidz

Development system is same system in virtualbox.

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Re: A really NAS 4 free

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for the disk holding the embedded OS
it can be installed but not mounted and set to spin down in 5 minutes
it will spin up to record a config change and back down in 5 minutes more.
4 thread 3300 Mhz Intel i3, 1 TB ZFS mirror, available RAM 7.823 Gb, 64 bit NAS4Free 9.1.0.1 rev 573 [88 watts, 48 Mbps]
2 thread 1600 Mhz atom/ion, 1 TB ZFS mirror, available RAM 3.083 Gb, 64 bit NAS4Free-9.1.0.1 rev 573 [27 watts, 35 Mbps]
2 thread 3900 Mhz AMD A6-6400K, 2 TB ZFS Mirror, available RAM 7.557 Gb, 64 bit Nas4Free 9.3.0.2.1771 [89 watts, 68 Mbps]

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