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  • PiNAS - the Raspberry Pi NAS

    Excellent instructions, well done. I also considered the speed/throughput and other restrictions which others have commented on here. The RasPi has sufficient CPU speed and low power - but RasPi has no SATA so conversion to/from USB is required; limited expandability from number of USB drives. In other words, no RasPi based NAS will ever be a commercial-grade option ... but it should be good enough for most home users with casual usage. You might like to add a comment to this effect to your introduction.Then I found a Kickstarter project which seemed to tick all the boxes ... ARM low-power processor, 4 x SATA3 on the board, open source software incl Openmediavault, and 3D printable case at https://kobol.io/helios4/ I was cautious about buying something I couldn't support myself, but …

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    Excellent instructions, well done. I also considered the speed/throughput and other restrictions which others have commented on here. The RasPi has sufficient CPU speed and low power - but RasPi has no SATA so conversion to/from USB is required; limited expandability from number of USB drives. In other words, no RasPi based NAS will ever be a commercial-grade option ... but it should be good enough for most home users with casual usage. You might like to add a comment to this effect to your introduction.Then I found a Kickstarter project which seemed to tick all the boxes ... ARM low-power processor, 4 x SATA3 on the board, open source software incl Openmediavault, and 3D printable case at https://kobol.io/helios4/ I was cautious about buying something I couldn't support myself, but they are now into their third production run with an even better model, which I believe looks commercial grade. I suggest that those people who are concerned about RasPi limitations look at the Helios64.

    BACKUP before doing ANY major change.Backup anyway, because hard disks DO FAIL, and the longer you use them, the closer they come to MTBF. DVD-R are a good cheap long-term backup media, though it can be time consuming, and get fiddly trying to decide what to put on each disk to minimise wasted empty space. External hard disks have become cheap enough to use for backup. Good luck :-)

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