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theorie's Lian-Li PC-A17 Server - Now powered by NAS4Free!

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theorie's Lian-Li PC-A17 Server - Now powered by NAS4Free!

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Hi everyone,

Just finished switching-over my FreeNAS 7 home server to NAS4Free 9. I've been running this box for a few years and have been wanting to upgrade it ever since the FreeNAS name was sold and FreeNAS 7 was discontinued...

Hardware specs:
CASE: Lian-Li PC-A17B Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
DRIVE CAGES: Lian-Li EX-H34B SATA Hot-Swap Cages (x3)
MOBO: Asus P5B Deluxe Wifi
CPU: Intel Core2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
RAM: 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 800
VIDEO: Fanless PCIe graphics card with VGA/DVI output
SATA CONTROLLERS: 4-port SATA3.0 PCI controller card (x2)
SYSTEM DRIVE: SanDisk 1GB USB2.0 thumb drive
ADD-ON CARDS: 2-port USB3.0 PCIe-1x controller card

The system has a total of (15) SATA3.0 ports but only (12) 3.5" hot-swap bays so a few of the controllers can be used for external drives if ever needed.

I won't bother listing the drive details since you can see them in the attached screenshot. Basically I have (4) 1TB 7200rpm SATA3.0 Hitachi drives, (2) 750GB 7200rpm SATA3.0 Hitachi drives, and (2) 500GB 7200RPM Western Digital Blue drives. The (4) 1TB drives are in a RAID-Z1 array will be a media storage pool, and the other (2) 750GB & (2) 500GB are both in Mirrored arrays and combined in a documents storage pool. The plan is to add (4) more drives (as large as possible), which I will migrate my media storage to, then migrate the documents storage to the old media pool, which will allow me to phase out the 750GB & 500GB drives from the system.

At the moment I'm copying all of my data back onto the server. Very pleased with the data transfer rates - seeing about 50MBps transferring via Windows 7 "drag and drop" to the ZFS Pools via CIFS/SMB, over a gigabit network with 2 switches between this computer and the server.

Here are a few photos of the current setup:

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Just thought I would share my build.
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What is the brand and model on your SATA cards?

And I love the case. Best looking tower I have seen!
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Nice system, I fully agree.
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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