I have been thinking on having my home NAS and i did survey for a few market product like QSNAP or SYNOLOGY will cost me near to 1000USD , if i were to get a RAID-5 + hot swap features. I struggled for a while and decided to use the simplest + cheap solution for home NAS to host my photo + movie + mp3.
Step 1 – Identify OS:
1. Freenas – FreeBSD based , i like FreeBSD because it was the core for Netapp too.
2. Openfiler – CentOS based, customized for NAS.
3. Fedora + Samba
I picked number 3 which is Fedora + Samba , as i still need my NAS OS to be a multi purpose server and i love YUM~
Step2 – Hardware
1. 2 years old HP 110 Netbook
2. 2TB Seagate External Harddisk
Finally…. the combination!