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May 5, 2009, 02:49 AM
I've been thinking of building an Atom based NAS Server for a while now. I have a 1tb Spinpoint that I can use for the HDD and I think that it would be perfect. Here is a quick parts list. Any comments or sugestions would be greatly appreciated, Thanks. I've never built or even used one of these but it would be cool.
Atom 330 board (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121359)
The option to add a second drive in a Mini-itx case would be nice but no deal breaker. I'm thinking about using FreeNAS for an OS or a bare bones Gentoo install, not sure yet. Like I said I've never even used an NAS before so suggestions would be cool.
May 5, 2009, 03:59 AM
Hardware looks fine.
I will first admit that FreeNAS is pretty easy to setup. This article (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30571/77/) details setting up FreeNAS on an Atom box. However, I've read that it doesn't give the best performance. This article (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30573/77/) details installing Ubuntu Server on the same Atom box. Ubuntu Server is able to offer more performance than FreeNAS could. But remember they're on a Gigabit network, and if you plan on using the integrated 10/100 network controller, this is a moot point.
And of course there are other options as well. I just named the two that I would use.
IMO i would put it in a bigger case for when you want to add more storage... as honestly 1TB is nothing.
May 6, 2009, 02:00 PM
i have just built a atom 330 itx nas with 5Tb
its a modified morex 669 case chopped down to fit a 5 bay sata hotswap case. i got the idea from here http://www.mashie.org/casemods/udat3.html
stay away from the samsung drives for a nas they aint the quietest and cant be set at sata 150 so wont work with most sata cards. i didnt find that oout untill i bought 2 of them! get the western digital or seagate.
May 6, 2009, 02:18 PM
^^ That's a pretty nice setup! 5TB :eek:
Can you tell me more about that? ie Do you have a gigabit Lan card? What software does it run? How do you access/use it? Performance?
Thanks. I'm really curious.
May 6, 2009, 02:33 PM
it has onboard gigabit ethernet and a pci raid card on a pci riser turned 90 degrees over the motherboard for the sata raid . it runs windows xp media center and all it has plugged into it is a monitor, remote and sound. i control it over the network with tight vnc a remote desktop program. the only problem is you cant use partitions over 2 tb with 32bit windows so its getting converted over to server 2003 x64 once i get the raid setup
May 6, 2009, 04:51 PM
Here is mine.
Currently, at 3.5TB space, expandable to 4TB by replacing two non-1TB drives with 1TB drives.
May 6, 2009, 05:54 PM
thats the case i would have liked but its very expensive here at £200 compared to the morex 669 + hdd cage £50
May 6, 2009, 06:13 PM
200 in Europe ?! Are you serious ?
May 6, 2009, 06:21 PM
May 6, 2009, 06:28 PM
200 euro (or 194 to be exact) is over 300 CAD, and that doesn't include shipping. VAT is killing the deal, I see.
May 6, 2009, 06:33 PM
no i mean uk pounds UK£ 194 = 343.187861 Canadian dollars + shipping
how much did u pay for it?
May 6, 2009, 06:40 PM
244 CAD, plus tax (7%), plus ground shipping. My total was about 270CAD all included.
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