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FreeNAS Tutorial – Part 2 – The Hardware

July 21st, 2009

The Life of Hex blog has posted part 2 in its series on FreeNAS. This new tutorial covers what you need in order to build your new FreeNAS server.

The post mentions that you can probably pull any old PC out of your closet and turn it into a FreeNAS server. They recommend something around 500 MHz3 and no less than 128 MB RAM.

The Life of Hex’s NAS is an AMD Athlon XP 1.2 GHz with 1 GB4 RAM. 4 hard drives giving me a 320 GB capacity, a 32 MB video card, onboard sound and LAN.

The tutorial covers all the aspects of putting together the hardware for a FreeNAS server including:


  • Motherboard / CPU
  • RAM
  • HDD Controller
  • Hard Disks
  • CD-ROM
  • Video
  • LAN
  • USB
  • Power Supply
  • Case

The next tutorial will be a walking through installation of FreeNAS and the beginnings configuration.

Related links:

Building a FreeNAS Server | The Life of Hex

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