My home NAS build 2016
I will be using FreeNAS, a
customized FreeBSD-based distribution to turn hardware into a specialized
"network storage filer" appliance.
It uses ZFS for filesystem and
Alternately, I could go with straight Debian, Samba, NFS, and ZFS-on-Linux,
but this is a project I want to just "install and go" instead of spending days
tinkering to get it perfect.
For SATA 3.5" hard drives, I have a number of WD Black and WD Red 1TB disks
sitting around that will go into this until I can get enough 2TB drives to
fill all eight slots.
When multiples of an item were purchased, the listed price is the total,
Prices are rounded to the nearest dollar.
Some of these parts I had already; if so, price listed is current retail.
The original build used this older Dell PERC controller card, flashed with
LSI "individual target" firmware - but having to jump through hoops and do
work-arounds made me get fed up with it. I've switched to two 4-port SATA
controller cards and will use the Dell cards and cables elsewhere.
Stuff I needed to buy after-the-fact. Originally intended for the YK838 disk controller, this provides overkill cooling for the drive controller cards.
The NC360T dual-port Intel NIC will need to be modified to work in a PCI-E x1 slot, or you can buy a single
port x1 version off eBay.
The Dell YK838 SAS 6i PCI-E controller card is flashed with regular LSI firmware to
enable IT (individual target) mode, turning the RAID card into a regular JBOD
disk controller. Hardware RAID is not wanted since NAS4FREE will be using
ZFS. This specific card is limited to drives of 2TB or smaller.
You may have to use a system that does not have a UEFI-based BIOS to flash
the YK838 card using the DOS-based LSI tools and firmware files.
If your system refuses to POST or boot with the YK838 controller card
installed (usually on Intel chipsets), it may require this
For questions or comments contact Bill