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Posted on 7 June 2016 @ 22:04edited 22:12 53s
Hi there,
And welcome to me on my first voyage in the world of non-windows:-)

So I had a certain someone tell me ZFSGuru is the most amazing thing when it comes to NAS-OS and I have started building a NAS rig.
Here is my current build, some things are in duplo since I haven't decided yet.

I have some questions though...

1: Do I need EEC ram or not?
If the answer is yes, I'll have to go back to the drawing board and you can ignore further questions because the ASROCK doesnt support EEC it seems. (But feel free to help me build a low powered 4k stram NAS)
See this link for info I got:
PS, yes I read that post and so I guess the answer is I should get a diff board, but this one was recommended by someone who should know so just thought I'd check.

2: Also there seems no diff between the cards but the processor and gfx. Unclear which GFX is better. CPU of J series seems faster and thus a better choice. Correct?

3: I know I heard someone tell me a special NAS drive is a waste of money but I can't find any info on why. All I can find it's actually better. But then I read ereviews and hear a lot of those driver actually crash fast or are DOA. (source: special NAS disks on tweakers website)

So there is my Q's and here is the hope you can help me with the A's :-)

Kind regards,


Other sources I checked which might be usefull for others:


Processor specs:

Use a special NAS drive or not:

If all fails and you want to downgrade to windows 10


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Posted on 3 July 2016 @ 00:16edited 01:31 30s
Hi, I see you were left alone. Im greenish, but can try help you.
1. ECC is a must if you want to have full benefits of software raid vs hardware raid. Unbuffered is enough, but you can go for registered as well. Im not sure if those motherboards have full functionality of server board, but ram scrub rate should be set to safer/high rate. Im using supermicro H8SML-7F (6sata+8sata from integrated sas controler, witch can go with sas over sata as well), had 11 sata hdd's no problem, but can be up to only 12 due to some strange limitations. If you want to have more than 4 drives, this would be a good start. No programing needed, and usb slot inside mobo is nice.
2. If you are not going to use as web server, VM or do lots of encryption/compression, any of your choices will be enough.
3. Only issue is start stop cycle problems, but fixable with firmware. Some NAS oriented drives perform worse, than normal drives. In general any drive is good in zfs if not used in harsh conditions(vibrations/heat) my personal opinion is to get cheapest 5y warrantied discs. Not sure about seagate shingled track performance and safety in zfs.
Not all info may be correct, I'll leave senior members for that.

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Posted on 6 July 2016 @ 16:45
Thank you for your help Aro, it is greatly appreciated.

Since I am not the most tech savvy myself and response did take very long I decided to buy a QNAP. In the future I would most likely have had more questions and it would be a long wait.
Also I found that the software on it can help me do my things in a bit easier way. It did cost me more but I believe I made the right choice.

Thanks for your help and sorry not to have responded to my own question after I bought the QNAP. (forgot)

Kind regards,

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