The 2016 NAS: Introduction

So, I’ve figured that it is time to build myself a NAS! For far too long I have had about a billion hard drives in my main tower, and I decided that it was time to make myself some centralised storage. Behold!

Welcome to the 2016 NAS! I don’t have a name for it yet, but I’m sure I will think of one (or post suggestions? 😉 ).

Here are the specifications of this here NAS:

  • Intel Core i3 4360T @ 3.2GHz 35W TDP with Akasa K25 low profile cooler
  • AsRock E3C224D2I m-ITX Server board
  • 4GB Kingston DDR3-1600 ECC RAM
  • Logic Case SC-N400 (more or less a clone of the Norco ITX-S4) with included PSU
  • 3 x Seagate NAS 4TB Hard Drives (ST4000VN000)
  • Rockstor NAS OS (uses BTRFS on CentOS)

As you can see, the door at the front of the case locks to prevent the drives being pulled and the power/reset buttons being pressed:

And yes, those are hot-swap drive bays with individual LEDs for power and disk activity! I do love myself some blinky lights! The case has a long row of LEDs on the front: Power, HDD, 3x NIC and an alert LED. Also, there are two USB 2.0 ports in case you want to plug in a boot drive or something along that nature.

So here we can see the empty HDD tray. At the moment, I have 8TB of storage space: 3x4TB in RAID5 = one drive’s worth of redundancy. I can easily throw in another 4TB drive and expand my storage to 12TB, which I will probably do since it increases the value of the storage space quite significantly!

A screenshot of the main Rockstor screen:

I will be writing mini-reviews on each part of this build, starting with the case and delving deep into how to operate the software. I hope this series inspires people in the art of the NAS – if you have any questions along the way you know where to ask!

Sneak peek: NAS miniseries
2016 NAS: ASRock Rack E3C224D2I

{One Response to “The 2016 NAS: Introduction”}

  1. I’ve been considering building my own NAS, having been underwhelmed by the WD MyCloud (and the hard drive sharing capability of my TP-LINK C9 router). This Rockstor setup looks interesting.

    Christopher Noyes

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