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u/maxxoverclocker · 1 pointr/freenas

Jeez, I can't imagine how cramped a 12bay midtower would be to work on. Not a midtower, but this is what I use: [CM Storm Stryker - Full Tower SGC-5000W-KWN1] Works great. I ended up putting Rosewill 4 x 3.5-Inch Hot-swap cage to help w/the hotswap portion. Works great. Good luck with whatever you decide!

u/Pirateday80 · 3 pointsr/freenas

My original setup went like this:

I have an IBM m1015 I picked up off of eBay and flashed to IT mode so that the drives are passed straight through and no RAID functionality of the card is used.

One of the two ports from it was connected via an SFF-8087 SAS cable to a double SFF-8087 to SFF-8088 adapter, but you can go single as well.

Then an SFF-8088 SAS Cable ran from the adapter to an external case with an HP SAS Expander in it. There are many, many, other models of expanders but this is what I went with because it has the external SAS SFF-8088 port on it (it's not the only one that has this feature, but it's what I went with, and it makes it so every enclosure doesn't need its own motherboard).

All the ports off the expander then went to the backplanes in the external case and connected the drives to the IBM m1015 through the expander.

Since the 4224 did not have a motherboard at the time I used this thing that's usually used for crypto currency mining to provide power to the expander because that's all it needs from its PCIe interface (many of those other models of expander have a Molex connector in it for power and no PCIe interface at all).

As for daisy chaining SAS enclosures, it can be done, but I haven't gotten that far in my storage adventures yet. I do know that there are enclosures that support it and if I were to expand from where I'm at now it's probably the route I would go. Rolling my own was fun and all but sometimes you just want to plug and play.

I'll concur with A_watcher that eSATA enclosures are crap. Or at least the one I've used was as well.

I think that address the questions that were in the OP as well as posed to others that responded.

I'm ridiculously far from an expert, and my setup has changed a lot since the first way it was set up, but I think it was pretty close and answered those questions.

*Many the guys over at /r/datahoarder are much more knowledgeable in this arena than I am and are another source of information when it comes to storage.

u/nullx · 1 pointr/freenas

Yes, FreeNAS-11.2-U5, was also working on U4.

I literally just plugged it in and plugged a drive in to it and it worked. I also have switched drives between the controller and the motherboard and that works too without breaking my pools. Support for the Marvell 9215 chipset was apparently added in FreeBSD 9.2... Not sure why you would be having trouble, does the card work in a different PC?

Oh fuck my bad, I Just double checked and THIS is the one I got... Slightly different but super close image wise. The one I got has the Marvel 9215, the one OP linked has Marvel 9235.. But based on a quick google it looks like the 9235 was added to be supported in FreeBSD 9 as well...

u/IsimplywalkinMordor · 3 pointsr/freenas

I've always used the HP USB disk format tool to recover my flash drives. Maybe try that to get them working again. It's on windows though. I'm not sure about your boot errors. I installed using dual Sandisk usb 2.0 cruiser fit 16gb and it seems to work fine (11.2). There used to be an issue with 3.0 drives which is why I bought 2.0 just in case but I think that has been fixed now.

I recently heard Freenas is now writing stuff to boot media more frequently which is causing more burnout on USB drives. Mine have been fine for a few years now on multiple servers and still going strong (knock on wood).

I think i used win32diskimager to write freenas iso to my usb drive so maybe try that. Other than that good luck i hope you get it resolved.

u/mershed_perderders · 1 pointr/freenas

This ASRock C2550D4I board is in the same ballpark pricewise and has lots of nice things (12x SATA, IPMI, dual wan) and is only slightly less powerful than the 2750. This is a board I use.

I run 6 jails, one of which is Plex, and it does a nice job. It isn't overly powerful, but does everything I ask of it (serving 4 computers, 2 phones, and 2 iPads) while gently sipping power, which is pretty awesome for something that is on 24/7.

u/dublea · 3 pointsr/freenas

Op got me curios and we can into the same thing:

>You could use a PCIE expander card like this Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card Expansion NV Me M.2 Drives and Speed up to 128Gbps Components

I wanted to point out that this adapter is designed to be used with Intel VROC on X299 Series Motherboard models. Here are the ASUS supported motherboards:

  • PRIME X299-A
  • TUF X299 MARK 1
  • TUF X299 MARK 2

    EDIT: From the Amazon link, a great comment found in a review about his adapter. Things to consider with the motherboard & CPU:

    >This cards has a lot of variables that need to be meet before it will work.

    >1. 16 pci express lanes is a lot. Most CPU's will not have enough for this, and two GPU's for example. As that is 48 pci lanes needed for 2 GPU's and one of these cards fully loaded. So lets say you buy a super expensive I9 Intel Processor. Well that CPU only has 44 pci lanes. Meaning at max you can only get 3 of the M.2 cards to work in this device while still having two GPU's running all 16 of there lanes.

    >2. Mother boards are deceptive. While they may on average have 4 slots that will fit a x16 card. They do not all have 16 CPU express lanes assigned to them. Most often only the first slot (the one closest to the CPU socket), and the third slot actually have 16 lanes. The other two slots will only have 8. Even on high end boards. Meaning that only two of the M.2 cards will be recognized when plugged in there. So check your motherboard manuals first.

    >3. Intel requires you to also buy a VROC key. This is not required on AMD. I have seen some people blame that on this card.

    >4. Sense the speed of this card is heavily dependent on the slot you put it in, and the CPU running the system. Is why it says you can get up to 128Gbps. Realistically though... Unless you really know what you are doing you won't hit those speeds. But it will still be faster then what your used too. Most SSD's are limited by the sata cable speed, and other things. Which won't be anywhere as fast as m.2 drives raided.

    >5. This tech is still new. So not all motherboards support it. Actually most don't. While the card itself doesn't need any drivers to run. The MB and CPU both need to support NVMe raid. Or your better off getting a single m.2 card.

    OP's desired use though sound different from you and myself might be thinking of. He wants a small NAS but has not stated his intended use yet. Where-as this sparked an interest in how fast could one possibly get a NAS to transfer data. I think in this setup one would saturate their network long before R/W speeds of their arrays, lmao.
u/moo083 · 2 pointsr/freenas

Have you looked into how well that Avaton will do for Plex encoding? Its not exactly the most powerful thing out there... You can get a Xeon E31241 and a SuperMicro X10SLL-F (that's what I have) for $300 and $150, which is less total than your chosen motherboard/cpu combo.

Edit: Also trade out that memory for some server memory with ECC support. I used Crucial but a lot of people seem to like Kingston RAM.




Edit 2: I just noticed that whole Canadian thing. Maybe its not as expensive as I realized....but do look into how much transcoding with Plex you want to do and what the Avaton can do and you might want to spend a bit more and go with a more powerful chip like the stuff I suggested.

u/compscimaj13 · 2 pointsr/freenas

If you save while making it work now, I would suggest the WD Red line. I bought 4x 4TB WD Reds to form a Raid-Z2 for my FreeNAS build.

WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EFRX

u/errmatt · 1 pointr/freenas

I'm talking about the Kingston thumb drives. My point being that you don't lose anything by utilizing an SSD connected to a USB enclosure or adapter for boot, over a single thumb drive, because no USB thumb drives support SMART either (that I have found). You definitely aren't able to take advantage of the SMART features of whatever SSD you use in that manner, because I've never found a USB-SSD adapter/enclosure that supports SMART, but you aren't really losing anything either.

SSD's seem to be more reliable in general, SMART or not, than flash drives... so it could be advantageous to use one with a USB adapter, even though you don't get SMART data from it, especially if it means not giving up a SATA port (if they are limited).

One of these is what I plan on using, hooked to the internal USB header on my supermicro board.

u/nerplederple · 3 pointsr/freenas

If it's just a data drive and you're not looking to do anything super fancy with it. These work great.

However, be advised that, because the card is PCI-E x1, if you were to actually plug in 4 hard drives or SSDs, you're gonna run smack against bandwidth limitations if you start trying to hammer I/O on the drives connected to the card all at once.

I have this exact card as well as the 2-port PCI-E x2 slot version in use and they work very well for supplementing on-board headers when you're a few short.

I would not attempt to use these cards to run HDDs/SSDs that were going to be datastores for VMs nor as the HBA for something like FreeNAS. If your goal is along those lines, you'd be much better off looking for an HBA like the 9207-8i. You can get those way, way cheap on ebay, and then you just need the correct cables for 'em.

u/awkprintdevnull · 5 pointsr/freenas

You could use a PCIE expander card like this Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card Expansion NV Me M.2 Drives and Speed up to 128Gbps Components

Find a motherboard and chipset that has a lot of PCIE lanes and supports bifurcation (so those 4xNVMe drives can split up the shared PCIE slot).

I've also thought about doing this just because.....well because it would just be fun to see how fast you could make it. Lolz

u/phychmasher · 4 pointsr/freenas

RAM should be fine. 32GB is plenty to run reliably. I have several systems with 64GB of RAM that have 365TB useable. Not sure about those HDDs. I haven't done much research on SMR drives in a FreeNAS system. Perhaps somebody else can tell you more about that. As far as a boot drive goes, grab yourself 2 16GB Cruzer Fit USB drives and use those for a mirrored boot drive. Real easy to do. That mobo only has 2 USB ports total, so I'd snag something like this:
Attach it to the header inside, and leave your boot drives in the box, which frees up your limited USBs on the back.

I built a box very similar to yours but with the ASrock C2750, and 6TB WD Reds. One thing to look out for is that your mobo has 6 Intel SATA ports and 6 Marvell SATA ports. Do not use the Marvell ports for your set up, or your customer is going to have nothing but trouble. Marvell controllers are notoriously bad in FreeNAS set ups, and although you may initially see all of your disks, you best believe those suckers randomly stop being able to see them. I read that folks have had success only using them in Mirror set ups, where 1 disk of the mirror is on the Intel side and the other disk is on the Marvell side.

u/Liwanu · 2 pointsr/freenas

You're welcome!
Link to the case on Norco's website, take special note of the PSU depth max length
Here are a few parts that you will need if you do decide to get that case.
FlexATX PSU The ones on amazon at the time were too long to fit in the case, i had to return the one i bought from them and ended up getting this one.
Reverse Breakout SATA Cable
2x 4PIN MOLEX Extension cables This is to plug into the HDD backplane

u/TremorAcePV · 1 pointr/freenas

Thanks. Sounds like a good plan. Note that "replacement... card" won't help you if it's the same model number. It's not a fault in a bad HBA card, but a limitation on it, so every single SI-PEX40064 card is going to be a bottleneck on the drives connected to it.

Here is a FreeNAS Forum post about choosing an HBA/RAID card. This is generally considered the best card for FreeNAS when it's in IT mode, which comes from that forum post.

Obviously it's much more expensive than your current one, but you get what you pay for, unfortunately, when it comes to RAID/HBA cards and bandwidth/features.

One important note: That "8GB is the minimum" comment is only relevant for when you are using ZFS on FreeNAS. UFS does not need more than 4GB in most cases, but 8GB is the recommended minimum for ZFS.

u/ChaiGong · 1 pointr/freenas

>If it's just a data drive and you're not looking to do anything super fancy with it. These work great.

I had a card with the same chipset and it was utter shite. Seemed to work fine, but I got all kinds of SMART errors (related to data transfer, not the drives themselces), drives would spontaneously be kicked from their vdev array, drive commands would fail, etc.

I recommend never using PCI SATA expanders. You can get an LSI HBA for the same price plus rock solid performance and better speed.

u/NotDerekSmart · 1 pointr/freenas

Then i would just opt for a board like this, or something similar.

The Avoton chip is plenty powerful for what you are going to be doing and will save you a ton on power & thermals.

u/nobearclaw · 1 pointr/freenas

I use one of these: IO Crest 4 Port SATA III PCI-e 2.0 x1 Controller Card Marvell Non-Raid with Low Profile Bracket SI-PEX40064

It works well, but I don't do tons of read/write as I only is mine for backups. I would recommend to get hba if you're going to use it for a lot...going to be better for u in the long run.

u/tech-guy98 · 1 pointr/freenas

I built mine with this 12 bay hot swap chassis, and it’s been solid. Plenty of room for airflow, and lots of room to expand.

I use a melanox 10gb sfp+ card in it. I have the 8 core atom board, same one used by IXSystems in their commercial units, with 16gb of RAM. System is installed on a pair of mirrored sandisk cruiser thumb drives. I’m running 8 disks in it currently, using mirrored vdevs. Performance is great.

u/adg76 · 1 pointr/freenas

What about this one? Seems to have decent reviews.


It's a bit more than the ASRock C2550D4I, but it's 8-core, and only around $90 CAD more. Might be worth spending a little extra if the quality is supposedly better.

I may experiment with Plex a little, and those extra cores might be handy.

u/doggxyo · 1 pointr/freenas

That's fantastic to hear, especially because I have a pair of these "out for delivery" today with a pair of brand new SSDs :)

u/m3ki · 1 pointr/freenas

Interesting thank you I will have to do more research on cases.

So regarding sas expander:
does this work with the motherboard i specified?

Do I just take a cable and plug one end into sas port on the mobo and another into the sas expander?

u/kuro5hinuser · 1 pointr/freenas

I am literally looking to build almost the exact same system that you have listed, and I trying to decide between the C2750 vs the C2550. I do want to run a Plex jail and do some transcoding, so I am leaning towards the 2750. But the quad-core is $150 cheaper from Amazon here in the US.

On the other hand, with the hard drives being the largest cost, adding an extra $150 doesn't seem to be that big of a deal.

In any case, looking at Amazon UK it looks like a seller in Germany has the C2550 for 240 Euros. Not sure how that compares to what you are looking to pay for the 2750.

u/Hollow_in_the_void · 1 pointr/freenas

I'm going to give this one a whirl, hopefully there isn't some issue with my motherboard preventing it from working. Got a H310 pre-flashed off ebay and ordered two of these and let's hope this fixes all my issues.

I tried to put another 8tb in my server this morning and it wouldn't work even on a mb port. Not sure what's up.

u/freedomlinux · 3 pointsr/freenas

As for the security of the USB port, moving the flash drive into the case can deter accidental or casual mischief.
If you have a spare USB header inside something like this lets you relocate the USB to inside.

After 2-3 years I have no problem using some ordinary SanDisk sticks. There is also a section in the FreeNAS manual for mirroring the boot device on 2x USB drives.'

EDIT: FreeNAS is unlikely to preserve the data from a Linux software RAID. In fact, probably can't read data from pretty much any other filesystem. May need to restore from a backup in order to load up the NAS.

u/SupaZT · 1 pointr/freenas

USB 2.0/3.0 does it matter?

What about these guys? SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 16GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive- SDCZ33-016G-B35

u/FryDay444 · 1 pointr/freenas

Are you sure there isn't something else going on with your system? I've used one of these for 3 years now with 0 issues.

u/spigatwork · 1 pointr/freenas

It is really easy to set up in 9.3. I think it was only implemented after they moved boot to ZFS.

I just bought another of the really small USB sticks and stuck one on the back and the other inside. You could buy one of those internal USB header adapters if you wanted to keep them both inside and had extra internal USB header.

u/Frisco_Kid42 · 1 pointr/freenas

I only point it out because I have the same board (and freaking love it). Here's the RAM I've got, threw in 32GB for good measure

When did this implementation take place? I hadn't heard of it. I bought mine right about a year ago.

edit holy shit, I got that ram for $90/pair, I can't believe it's almost doubled in a year

u/muddro · 1 pointr/freenas

Found this Rosewill 3 x 5.25-Inch to 4 x 3.5-Inch Hot-swap SATAIII/SAS Hard Disk Drive Cage - Black (RSV-SATA-Cage-34)

Think it maybwork. Need to make sure I have enough ports to have all 7 hooked up at once.

u/daemen · 2 pointsr/freenas

Like the other commenters have said, you don't want a RAID card, but either an HBA or SATA expansion card.

Here's a 4-port on on

There's plenty of reviews of the same model on saying it works out-of-the-box with FreeNAS.

u/logikgear · 2 pointsr/freenas

Here is the HBA I use with FreeNAS.

LSI Logic SAS 9207-8i Storage Controller LSI00301

You will also need these to connect drives to that card.
Cable Matters Internal Mini SAS to SATA Cable

u/SpiderFnJerusalem · 2 pointsr/freenas

I bought it about a year ago on german amazon. (There is now english translated version of german amazon.)

I bought it from a seller called 'Jacob Elektronik'. Also the price difference between the C2550D4I and C2750D4I isn't quite as large anymore but it's still over 100€.

u/coltonrb · 3 pointsr/freenas

You just need a processor with a lot of PCIe lanes and some of these

u/ixidorecu · 1 pointr/freenas

maybe an h200 flash it to it mode, then a foward breakout cable then just figure out how to power it all

u/TheBigGame117 · 1 pointr/freenas

I found this guide and it has a link to broadcom's page (i guess they bought out LSI, sweet)

Seems legit?

I'm gonna give it a shot tonight after work, I have 2 of these cards (I need just one for now) and 4 of these cables, I guess once I confirm my firmware is correct I can swap out cables to check that...

u/c2cahoon · 2 pointsr/freenas

A trick to this if your chassis is out of HDD / SSD ports is to use a USB to Sata converter and then use a sata SSD.

u/TheMrSolaris · 1 pointr/freenas

It is, which I personally think is the only real downside with the motherboard but if that is a deal breaker for you and can live with a mATX alternative, there is the Supermicro X10SLL-F.

u/Kezika · 2 pointsr/freenas

> -First question involves booting it and running off a flash drive. While this feels like salvation in a lot of ways in contrast to dedicating a boot drive, my concerns are this: How would I go about 'booting' the USB drive from internally in the system? This would come from avoiding a physical environment of tampering/nudging/whatever? I understand after the initial boot, writes to the flash happens only through configuring, but it seems odd to me that a critical piece of the setup is outwardly accessible to whomever in a non-lockdown interface like a USB port.

Some motherboards, especially with server motherboards will have an onboard USB port. Mine has one and that is where one of my two boot USBs is.

Another option you can do is a SATADOM, although you lose a SATA port to this, but depending on your environment may be worth it.

Third option if you want would be to take the USB header on the motherboard that you would usually plug the front panel USB ports to and get something like this to connect to it and then leave the output inside the case:

u/Sata-Man · 1 pointr/freenas

Following up here a few hours later - I installed FreeNAS on another USB stick (same brand and size as previous) and ran Rufus to make the USB drive non-bootable. It completed making the drive non-bootable and now I plug the USB drive back in to use it and it's also dead and not detected by device manager.

Another data point - I used Rufus to install FreeNAS on a 3rd USB stick (old 4GB junk drive, unknown brand) and successfully made it non-bootable again using Rufus and I am able to use it again.

This is leading me to believe that it was an issue with the USB drives themselves.

For anyone who comes across this thread in the future, these are the USB drives I have and are no longer recognized by Windows, so I'd recommend staying away from them. I already have 2 more USB drives on their way, which are from a more reputable brand.

u/c010rb1indusa · 1 pointr/freenas

Get a thumbnail USB stick. They barely stick out at all.

But to answer your question the FreeNAS boot drive needs to be untouched and it's own volume as it boots into memory. You can always switch over to an SSD. But most people would consider that a waste of a good SSD and SATA ports. But if you have an old 32GB or 64GB SSD lying around, you could always use that as a FreeNAS boot drive instead of a USB stick.

u/motodoto · 1 pointr/freenas

RAIDZ1 and you will have a significant chance to lose all of that data on a rebuild and have to restore from backup. If you don't have backups, even worse.

RAIDZ2 with 8x6 tb drives should give you 36 tb of storage. Up the drives, get a proper interface card and use solely that because that motherboard only supports 6 sata ports alone and it's over 2 controllers. You wouldn't want to have your drives spread over two different chipsets of sata controllers in the same pool would you? - something like that run it with RAID turned off, and update firmware I think is required to make it function with FreeNAS from what I have read. This gives you 24 drives worth of ports.

They have these used on ebay sometimes as well. Many people confirms this works with FreeNAS, but I have no personal experience with this specific card.

As others said you need unbuffered ECC RAM for that motherboard (I have the same one).

Watercooling totally unnecessary and potentially a worse solution than a regular cooler because the pumps die on watercoolers more frequently than fans and you can always replace fans on the heatsinks. Heatsinks never fail.

7200 reds as well as said elsewhere, paying extra for the 7200s when 5400s are sufficient. 5400's are more than fast enough.