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Building Home-made NAS with FREE-NAS

April 7, 2013

Hi all,
after the Qnap disaster, a complete failure of a raid 1, I’m building a new NAS more reliable and with a couple of new interesting features.

Part 1 The HW

First of all, the hardware:

1. Case replacement for the Qnap, i’m going with the Lian-Li Q-25 lots of hdd support and more interesting things:


2. Motherboard,
in facts an interesting-one, a Super-Super-SuperMicro! cool ONE!!!
the X7SPA-HF-D525, its an Intel Atom D525 1.8Ghz dual-core board with everything you ever dream about, dual lan , 6 sata 3, a pretty one usb onboard for the OS you are going to install, here the link to SuperMicroweb-site
The only bad things no usb 3.0, but you can add a pci to support more usb 3.0

And of course a few pics from my unboxing….



3. Ram: Plenty of, it, in facts ZFS is angry of memory: N. 2 Sticks X 4Gb Corsair DDR3 Sodimm [SKU: CMSO4GX3M1A1333C9] TESTED !!!

Yes I know, Supermicro tell you that the maximum amount of memory supported is 4Gb, but I’ve tested it with 8Gb and it’s supported!!!


here I’m going to install the OS, it’s a 8Gb flash



3. PSU

A new PSU was added to the system, a really cool one.

I’ve decided to go with this one, it’s in fact a picoPSU with AC/DC Adapter product 12V 160W picoPSU-160-XT main image. picopsu-160-xt-acdc-components

but before you have to check the entire system power drain,

here a link for calculating the power drain  PSU CALCULATOR

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