This will be a Network Attached Storage so to speak.
Firstly this will be for quick backing up my raw video files for editing, and also to do quick backup images of my Gaming, and Workstation Rigs I use for business, gaming, video editing, and music recording. I also run bi-monthly image backups to a WD RED 4TB that is kept in a fireproof safe.
The second plan is to have 1 big storage server for movies, music, photos to be viewed on many PCs on the local network. The idea is to use KODI as the app for viewing these files.
I will set up a RAID 0 more then likely, as none of these files are vital, and will backed up regularly. The drive will be shared on the network for drive mapping, and used just like a regular hard drive attached to the PC.
The system specs to be used are:
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
EVGA 780i SLI motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core cpu @2.4GHZ
Zalman 9700CNPS CPU cooler
Corsair XMS2 DDR2/800 2x2GB + 2x1GB = (6GB)
Western Digital Black SATA2 500GB/32MB x4 = (2TB) RAID0
Western Digital Blue 320GB Operating System
Antec Nine Hundred V1 Gaming Case
ATI Radeon X300SE 256MB GPU (No Driver)
Samsung Super Write Master DVD-RW
Bestec 250 Watt power supply
This will all be re purposed hardware. If I can get FreeNAS to run on the system I will give it a try. Otherwise I will be Windows 10 64-bit Home & Google Chrome Remote Desktop to access the OS, and mapped network drive for file transfers.
** 3/8/2018 I may go back to using Teamviewer due to having to be logged into my google account on all these computers at the same time, giving access to all my Google account. My business, Youtube, Adsense, Adwords, etc.. at least with Teamviewer it’s just a Teamviewer account nothing else vital. The reason for being logged in to google chrome is for unattended access, otherwise you are running all over using codes, and clicking connect, and allow, etc.. it’s exhausting. When you stay logged in to Chrome you just click on a PC and your controlling the PC from where you sit.
I managed to install FreeNAS and getting it working. I had to install it to a local HDD as it would not boot from a USB flash drive as recommended. Although FreeNAS was running on the 780i it was giving red smart errors on 2 of the western digital blacks. This was no suprise due these hard drives being 10 years pld. I had fun learning how to use FreeNAS, and will install it again on a newer more suitable PC
After finishing the delve into FreeNAS I went back to Windows 10 and set up a network drive, I spent several days trying get ll the PCs to map and use the network drive. after this pain staking process I finally have it working, KODI is using the files on the NAS in several PCs. Important to make sure all computers are member of the Windows HomeGroup before setting up the NAS. I also recommend creating a folder in the drive and sharing it as the NAS rather then trying to share the actual drive. In the NAS computer right click on the folder and give access to “Homgroup (View / Edit)”
this option was not available to me right clicking on the NAS RAID hard drive, only advanced sharing was available which had unwanted results. and restarting all the computers helped as well.
Then on the other computer/s in windows file explorer go to “Network” and find the NAS Computer right click the shared folder NAS folder and map network drive.
You should now be able use it as you would a hard drive inside your PC. Your transfer speeds will be dependent on your network hardware (10/100/1000/10000) my network is (1000mbps) and I’m maxing out at 118MB/s that is 1000 Megabits per second or 1 Gigabit so my drive will get over 100 Megabytes per second. So in reality the only advantage to using RAID 0 is the random read/write which is astounding, but really worthless for just transferring files to the NAS. I will probably not end up using the raid 0 unless I get a 10 Gigabit network which could cost about a grand which isn’t going to happen. I will be sticking with 1 Gigabit NAS.
Here is the benchmark of the NAS drive over the network, the router/cable modem is an Arris Surfboard SBG6580.