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Old March 26, 2011, 12:40 PM
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Not sure it this qualifies exactly as a NAS but I'm thing on setting up a dedicated computer just to run some drives. ATM I have a HTPC that has 3x2TB drives (and growing) and I want to do a 1:1 backup to the NAS maybe using syncing software or something similar. The NAS would also be accessed by other HTPC's in the house for playing media.

Now I've read that pretty much anything is overkill for this type of situation. I have an old Athlon XP system sitting around. I've also seen that FreeNAS can run off of a usb stick. So would putting FreeNAS on a usb stick and putting one of these in that old system be all I need to get this up and going?

Is there a different way I should be doing this?
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Old March 26, 2011, 12:50 PM
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I personally wouldn't use an Athlon XP based system for a NAS for the following reasons:

- heat
- power consumption
- old chipsets that may not be mature
- that generation of CPU was plagued with boards using flawed capacitors

If I were you, I'd start with a mini ITX atom board. They are right-sized in terms of power/heat/footprint. There are some inexpensive boards currently for sale in the BST section, including a supermicro board with 6 SATA ports.
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I just setup a FreeNAS system and it was pretty painful but in a few strange ways.

I first tried v8 but I couldn't get RAID 5 to properly work so I tried 7 but my network adapter wasn't found.

Once I had the proper adapter installed everything went fine then and the rest of the install went easily and I did it to a usb key for the os.
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I've always given thought about making a NAS but the money is not on my side right now. If that RAID card is doing all the work the the Athlon XP does not have to be powerful. Most probably you could set it for RAID 1 (Mirroring) for good backup. But you would need 4 2TB HDDs to do a RAID 1 which will give an effective storage space of 4TB due to having the same data on 2 drives copied to other 2 drives.
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Old March 26, 2011, 12:54 PM
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You don't really need a raid card. Hardware raid is nice but software raid suffices for most stuff.
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Old March 28, 2011, 08:19 AM
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FWIW I won't be using RAID. So Athlon XP may be a bad idea, but anything will be fine processing power wise? I have a spare AM3 board sitting around maybe putting an Athlon II 160U in it?
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Well then I don't see the issue. use whatever system if you're literally just running drives for a 1:1 mirroring.
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