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DIY NAS – Adding Hard Drives and Setting Up Samba File Server

The next step to making your DIY NAS serve its purpose is to format and add those hard drives (HDD) to the system. You have them all plugged in the different SATA ports and so now it is time to make your operating system acknowledge them and make use of them. For this guide, I will only be going through the steps to format the HDD by itself and not make use of any RAIDs. RAID will be discussed in a later part. Once the drive is formatted and mounted, I will then go on to show you how you can set up your Samba File Server to start serving up those files to your network. Read on to continue the guide. All of this might be a tedious job to execute, especially with HDDs, which are delicate pieces of technologies. Such hindrances have led the storage industry into developing a new game changer: Hybrid Cloud Architecture: What Is It and Why Should You Care.

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DIY NAS – Installing Ubuntu and OpenSSH (Remote Access)

Now that you’ve your hardware all picked up and assembled, it is time to put them to work. In this part, I will walk you through the initial installation of the Ubuntu Server OS itself and setting up OpenSSH for remote access. This will allow you to run the NAS “headless” (without a monitor) and place it at the location that you desire. With that said, read on for the walkthrough. Continue reading

Why DIY a NAS?

Having setup and run SwiftNAS (my home’s DIY NAS) for little over a week already, I thought it would be nice to share with you a little of my experience in the form of a comparison against a commercial solution. Why will you choose DIY over commercial? Only by convincingly justifying that question would you embark on this journey. With that I thought it was only logical to go into the comparison first before talking about how I actually gotten my NAS working and running. Read on for my views on DIY vs commercial NAS solution. Continue reading

DIY NAS – Purchasing and Assembly

Purchasing the different components and parts of the NAS requires some thinking and deliberation.  While all parts should work as long as they’re paired correctly (e.g socket 1156 motherboard with a socket 1156 cpu), some parts are “better” than others. When I say “better” I mean they are more value for money or if they serve a particular purpose more effectively. I’ve spent quite some time researching on the different parts available locally before coming to the decision which encompasses of the parts listed in this post. Continue reading

DIY NAS – Decision Making

Long long ago, I’ve owned a Network-Attached Storage. One word, it was crap. It was cheap and the performance spoke for it. It was my first time dwelling into the world of network storage and being totally new, I opted for a budget solution. It was fun configuring the different settings (though few) and additionally, the access to a common hard drive (HDD) is convenient and useful. With that said, the transfer speed was horrendous and it became a fact that it was going to be a huge paperweight with performances like that. I must admit though that my knowledge of networking stuff and the network infrastructure of my house was not that much to be proud of then. Nevertheless, the performance was totally abysmal even for that point of time and it was not long after did I finally took it down to serve as a dust collector. A few years on and I’m back again setting up yet another NAS. Continue reading