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- That sounds like a nice build, Chris.
All things being equal, I'd prefer more than just one parity drive. On my NAS that I use for pretty much the same purposes, I use RAID-Z2 and that's my personal recommendation for other home users.
In the event you lost a drive, the act of rebuilding your array puts additional strain on the remaining drives. That additional strain puts you at a higher risk of a catastrophic failure.
However not all things are equal. For example: the more places you have that same data would probably justify taking additional risk in your array's configuration. I'd want to have a copy of that same data (at least the important stuff that I cared about) in at least 2 other places before I considered dropping a parity drive from my array.
To add your new HDD you shouldn't have to "reinstall" anything, but you will basically have to destroy your current Volume/Zpool and then re-create it with the additional HDD. This is destructive, so make sure you copy off whatever data on the NAS that's important.Jun 10, 2015
- Great economic build. I love to see the possibilities of freenas. I think I will switch to freenas when I sense that my whs 2003 is going to die. I would love starting with your machine. Every day I read about freenas and would like to explore now 😀Jun 16, 2015
- Thanks! I think there's some guides on the FreeNAS homepage/forums about running FreeNAS in a virtual machine. Just in case you wanted to start tinkering around with it before buying new hardware.Jun 18, 2015
- already done. But it is not the sameJun 18, 2015
- Rocking the NAS again. Go BrianJun 19, 2015
- FreeNAS 2015 gotta have it!!!!Jul 1, 2015
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