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Originally Posted by NikumbaWith all the file sharing features torrents, http etc, can it run a DC++ client?
Originally Posted by phuzzI might be recommending something like this to my Mac lovin' flatmate, but like most BT readers, I've got loads of old hardware lying around, so I just built my own FreeNAS box, How many other NAS boxes run on a water cooled Semperon eh? (it was the only S754 chip I could find on sale, and I couldn't see the point in ripping out the water cooling...)
Originally Posted by BindiBadgiI use FreeNAS on my parents machine and am tempted to make another, but onboard RAID isn't hugely reliable and good RAID cards cost as much as this QNAP itself.
Originally Posted by Da_Rude_BaboonI recently purchased the IcyBox IB-NAS4220 which offers 90% of the features at 1/4 of the cost although it only supports 2 drives. It also performs quicker, i transferred 40Gb of music in a hour and a half with speeds between 10-13mb/s over a 100mb connection from my vista desktop.
Originally Posted by mclean007Have you considered using OpenSolaris with ZFS? ZFS implements a host of exceptionally powerful features, including end-to-end error checking (and correction if you have redundant storage as a mirror or RAID-X (similar to RAID5)), copy-on-write, near-instantaneous creation of ultra-space-efficient snapshots (so you can roll back to e.g. last week), "ditto blocks" for maximum data integrity (i.e. metadata is stored in multiple locations spread across the disc, so even if you don't have redundant storage, the corruption of one metablock won't make the underlying data unreadable), and a load of other very clever stuff.
This article is an example of how one person used ZFS to set up his home fileserver. I think it's the ideal choice, and the one I'll be using when I build my file server.
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