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macleod96
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Yet another 'old hardware' build

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I started reading about the whole FreeNAS / NAS4Free thing a couple of months ago, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The server is built out of old hardware I had laying around. I have newer hardware that I don't use, but this build was designed mostly for UFS single drive, low performance / low power consumption backup.

Specs:
M/B Asus CUV4X-E
PIII 1GHz
512MB ram
an ATI rage3D vga (the older I had :P )
a gigabit NIC with the Realtek RTL8169SC
a dual IDE+SATA/eSATA controller
an Enermax 350W psu
a sata 120GB and some other ide's 17 :!: to 500GB

It wasn't completely free as I expected, I had to buy the NIC card, the controller and some 5,25" to 3,5" adapters (case was lacking 3,5" bays). 30 euros total :mrgreen:

Also, since the case had to be in the living room, I had to make it very quiet and a bit attractive. I managed to fit an 80mm fan on the cpu cooler with excellent results. Also 2 other 80mm fans with a controller (the one on the intake is slightly more powerful) and the 120mm fan from the psu create a decent airflow.

The case and the dvdrom were stripped down for the painting. I used Benjamin Moore's 'cloud white' which is the same color as my house walls (and speakers, btw).
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You can see another attempt at case painting there ;)
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After 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of paint and some assembly, the result was this:
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During testing and peer-to-peer transfers I got 8-8,5MB's read/write speeds at 100M and a small increase with gigabit. I'm gonna hook it up to the network today and see what happens :D
I expect my wattage meter to arrive next week. I'll post some measurements then.
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Re: Yet another 'old hardware' build

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your limitation IS
the chip-set RAM limit
512 will work with UFS but not ZFS
if the MOBO chip-set limit is 512 ZFS is not going to work
UFS raid will [Ive done a mirror with as little as 384 Mb RAM]

if you think you need speed
think of

64 bit os
PCI-e buss
DDR RAM at lest 2 Gb
Gb lan
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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Re: Yet another 'old hardware' build

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During everyday use the consumption is 50W idle and 55W during transfers. Maximum consumption with all drives spinning is 88W.

Speeds haven't changed, my LAN is still 10/100 and the server is at 75mbps stable (no ups or downs), which is enough for me now. I will upgrade the hadrware if I decide to go for ZFS raid in the future.

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Re: Yet another 'old hardware' build

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Hard disks stacked that way transfer vibrations and may have significantly lower performances and lifespan.
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Re: Yet another 'old hardware' build

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This is true in theory only.
About 90% of these servers are built this way and I have never seen someone complain about random failures.

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Backblaze does indeed insulate the disks from vibrations and you can read their failure rates. Do you know the failure rates of "about 90%" of those servers you mention?

And that was only half of my answer, anyway.
The other half: https://blogs.oracle.com/bmc/entry/catc ... ncy_in_the
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