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post #31 of 40 Old 09-04-2013, 05:12 AM
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Are you trying to say flexraid isn't easy ?? (Because it is).

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Are you trying to say flexraid isn't easy ?? (Because it is).

I think FreeNAS is much relatively easier...

No separate OS or app install...

You can run FreeNAS off a USB drive without having to do anything special...

It is as simple as choosing the USB drive during installation and you're up and running within 10 minutes...

FreeNAS setup is as easy as it gets when installing a self made NAS... biggrin.gif
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I've been on unRAID for over 5 years and it's been perfect.

You say you want something other than linux for a "set it and forget" system, but I don't know how a Windows system could ever qualify for that. The only time I've ever had to touch my unRAID server is for a failed drive, drive upgrade, or drive addition. unRAID software releases are generally years apart for Final versions, so it's about as "set it and forget it' as you can get.
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I've been on unRAID for over 5 years and it's been perfect.

You say you want something other than linux for a "set it and forget" system, but I don't know how a Windows system could ever qualify for that. The only time I've ever had to touch my unRAID server is for a failed drive, drive upgrade, or drive addition. unRAID software releases are generally years apart for Final versions, so it's about as "set it and forget it' as you can get.


FreeNas will be on a separate pc, away from Windows. And like Balky said above, it's loaded on just a thumb drive and I'm up and running in a few mins. I've also read articles about the ZFS file system in FreeNas is a much more reliable raid platform than the others out there, so that makes me feel better too
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I'm sure I'm in the minority here but my server runs FreeBSD with ZFS (ZFS for both the boot and data drives). If all I needed was something that could serve media, my choices would be FreeNAS (with ZFS) or unRAID, in that order. I use FreeBSD and ZFS at my day job and just really like both when it comes to servers. I'd use unRAID if I had a wide range of mis-matched drives, didn't care about performance and just wanted to pool them all together.
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I'm not using anything in Linux. I'm just looking for something that's a set it and forget it. Everything I've researched about FreeNas points to being that easy.

OK it's FreeBSD, so very similar to Linux. unRAID is pretty much install and forget. Haven't touched mine since I added a drive several months ago
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I've been on unRAID for over 5 years and it's been perfect.

You say you want something other than linux for a "set it and forget" system, but I don't know how a Windows system could ever qualify for that. The only time I've ever had to touch my unRAID server is for a failed drive, drive upgrade, or drive addition. unRAID software releases are generally years apart for Final versions, so it's about as "set it and forget it' as you can get.

+1. Helped my brother in law recover a failed system drive on his WHS. What a nightmare

Would have been 2 mins in unRAID
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I think FreeNAS is much relatively easier...

No separate OS or app install...

You can run FreeNAS off a USB drive without having to do anything special...

It is as simple as choosing the USB drive during installation and you're up and running within 10 minutes...

FreeNAS setup is as easy as it gets when installing a self made NAS... biggrin.gif

Sounds almost identical to unRAID then. Can't recall why I skipped it for unRAID
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Sounds almost identical to unRAID then. Can't recall why I skipped it for unRAID

You need to think hard why you went to unRaid!! lol smile.gif
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You need to think hard why you went to unRaid!! lol smile.gif
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