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Possible NAS box...?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Dave Burton, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. Dave Burton


    Joined: May 8, 2018

    Posts: 32

    Hi folks,

    I've recently acquired an ITX-ish sized PC that I was thinking about re-purposing to a NAS box. The specs are as follows:

    • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7450 2.40GHz
    • Memory: 4GB RAM (Not sure if I'd need to up this, if possible...)
    • Hard Drive: none (I have several options available)
    • Optical Drive: none (as above)
    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
    • User Interface: 2 USB, Headphone, Microphone,HDMI, VGA
    • Graphics Controller: nVidia Geforce 8200, HDMI port on-board

    Do you think this would be good enough to run a simple FreeNAS unit, or would I be needing something better? I know I'd need to probably add USB3.1 which I can do easily (electronics engineer/cable magician) but other than this do you think it'd be capable??

    Cheers for any advice!!
  2. bremen1874


    Joined: Oct 20, 2008

    Posts: 9,139

    It's going to depend on what you want to use it for.

    Hardware requirements are here http://www.freenas.org/hardware-requirements/

    It used to be something you could throw onto redundant hardware. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore.

    Have a look at unRAID as well. I'm pretty sure the hardware requirements are lower. It isn't free, but it's relatively cheap and you can trial it for quite a while.
  3. Dave Burton


    Joined: May 8, 2018

    Posts: 32

    Bah!! I think the 64bit requirement of FreeNAS might kill this before it gets going, so I'll look at the unRAID option to see if it's viable, thank you for your help :)

    Edit: looks like unRAID needs an x64 platform too, oh well :/

    Second edit: The cpu is an Athlon ii X3 425, which according to research is 64 bit capable, so looks like it might be doable. Gonna push ahead, and see what I can manage :)
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018