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Other than those three items, there’s not much more to worry about — it’s time to install FreeNAS. Yours truly had some weird results using front panel USB ports, which included installations crashing and very slow operation.

You would use these options if you wished to host your ZFS Log data or cache on a separate drive, uxer an SSD, to increase performance. Since we only have three disks, our available options are: And we’re going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS.

If you’re one of those extremely cautious people who has to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements. You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we’re going to assemble our own. Congratulations, you’ve now got FreeNAS installed.


First, we have to set up our disk volumes. You’ll see some text scrolling and gibberish like so: However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting a cheap FreeNAS environment up and running with the most basic of hardware. Now it’s time to share that volume and get on with the exciting business of saving your data. If everything went well with the last step you should now be booting to the first bootloader.

To make things extra simple, we’ll break this into numbered steps for you. Select your device and press Enter.

It does as it’s told. Hit “Yes” to proceed. Network File System All three of these have their advantages and trade-offs.

The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event yuide of the other drives failed. Next, click the wrench icon to bring up the CIFS service options. Notice in the top right you see that red “Alert” light blinking. Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a drive fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss.

But first, we need to make sure you understand two key points. We know your little wheels are spinning — just forget it. Since we’re using CIFS specifically, we want to enable the service required for that particular protocol. A ZFS mirrored volume would create a volume of the three drives above limited to the space of the smallest drive.


How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

An old stand-by, the Unix File System. Start copying over fuide music, pictures and movies. At this point, if you see this screen, go ahead and let out a single “woot! Especially since flooding in the Asia-Pacific areas have caused HD prices to nearly double in price, 1TB drives do not come cheap compared to a year ago.

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

Let’s get to it. Now you can enjoy your FreeNAS storage. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a solid system; we just don’t want to use it here.

How to pick ghide best laptop. We won’t cover configuring static addresses in this how-to, so you’re on your own there.