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NAS – Part 1: The hardware


So in the past I’ve always assembled NAS devices from old PC’s. My previous NAS device was an old Intel Q6600 processor. This gave me a thermal design power of 105 Watt. Ouch! Time to upgrade for something much power efficient. http://ark.intel.com/products/77987 this little quad core has an octa core and 20 Watt of TDP.


– ASRock C2750D4I
– Lian Li PC-Q25B case
– 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3 RAM
– 4 x 3TB disk drives
– 2 x 1TB disk drives
– 1 x 60 GB SSD disk drive
– 1 x 1.5 TB disk drive


My data disks will be set up according to the following specification:
– one RAID5 (three 3TB dives) for semi critical data;
– one RAID1 (two 1TB drives) for critical files that I never want to lose (backups);
– one 3 TB disk used for files that may be lost (virtual machines and such).

The OS will be installed on the SSD drive to provide a fast and stable system. Right now I’ve also included an old 1.5TB disc drive to the system, in the future I wish to replace this by another 3TB when the need for extra data on RAID5 arises.

All RAID configurations will be handled by software raid. There is no sane reason why you should spend too much money for a hardware RAID on a home NAS system. My system  using software RAID performs at least at 83MB/s (picture taken from when system was done, copying external disk to NAS).


Building the system

I don’t really want to explain this. It’s pretty straightforward. If you can’t read a manual or build your system then I recommend closing this page and buying a Synology instead. But for those interested: here are some juicy pictures of me building my NAS .

Unpacking the little motherboard (yes a passive cooled octa-core).

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Clearing out my old NAS system (the Q6600 PC).

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The final result before closing the case. I simply love the 5 hot swappable bays.

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Booting the NAS with my little 10″ debug screen. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made in the past.


Next part will handle all the services and software.


2 Responses to “NAS – Part 1: The hardware”

  1. mendel Says:

    ik wil meer info over da schermkeee!!!!! =)

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