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FreeNAS Mini - Network Attached Storage (Diskless)

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  • The FreeNAS Mini offers enterprise-class hardware to home and small office users.
  • Add up to 4 storage drives for maximum capacity. Speed up your workflow by adding internal caching SSDs.
  • The FreeNAS Mini uses the most popular storage operating system, FreeNAS, driven by Open Source. Enjoy a robust and growing list of plugins for every use.
  • Virtually limitless uses such as media storage, photography, system backups, and home surveillance video.
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Product Description

The FreeNAS Mini is designed to give customers what they need -- more storage. Storage consumption is increasing exponentially, and consumers are storing all manners of data now: movies, TV shows, music, photos, home videos, and security camera footage. Users need a safe and reliable place to store that content and the FreeNAS Mini provides a simple solution to fulfill those needs. The FreeNAS Mini runs the world's most popular and reliable storage operating system, FreeNAS. Whether you are a content creator or a media consumer, the FreeNAS Mini provides a long-term solution for your storage needs and can scale as your needs increase.

Product Highlights:

  • High scalability, up to 24TB of uncompressed storage across 4 drive bays
  • Up to 32GB of ECC DDR SDRAM
  • Tool-less drive installation
  • Quiet design for use in many environments
  • Dependable software featuring regular updates
  • Plug-ins support a broad palate of functions and product uses

Product Specifications:

  • 8-Core 2.4GHz Intel CPU with AES-NI
  • 16GB DDR3 with ECC standard, 32GB upgrade optional
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Port, Dual-Port 10Gb upgrade optional
  • Dedicated RJ-45 IPMI Port (Remote Hardware Management)
  • 4 x SATA 3.5" Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
  • 2 x SATA 2.5" Internal Drive Bays
  • 100V to 240V AC, 50/60Hz
  • RAID-Z1 (RAID 5), RAID-Z2 (RAID 6), ZFS Mirror (RAID 10), ZFS Stripe ZFS RAID Engine

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.4 x 9.4 x 8.3 inches
Item Weight 17.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 17.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer iX
ASIN B00EQJ1BTU
Item model number LYSB00EQJ1BTU-ELECTRNCS
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5.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #111 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#4,129 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Date first available at Amazon.com October 18, 2013

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iXsystems manufactures its hardware products from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance with industry-standard practices. iXsystems warrants that the hardware products it manufactures will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. The limited warranty term is 1 year beginning on the date of invoice. (Software Support Available through FreeNAS Community)

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[[ Full disclosure, I'm a ZFS nerd, use ZFS on FreeBSD in production on a few thousand hosts over the years, and am very excited to see this product listed for general consumers in need of a NAS. I am an advanced user with detailed knowledge of the internals, but this host is usable by novices - dig up screenshots if you don't believe me. ]]

Once you go ZFS, you can't go back. One word: checksums (and transaction groups, i.e. no fsck/file system check is required ever). If you have family photos, important documents, movies, or music, bitrot and data corruption is a silent enemy. And not something you ever have to worry about with ZFS (with checksums enabled, the default setting). The first time you see the data corruption counter tick up out of 0, you'll wonder how you survived until now - mental it's a game changer to realize this happens periodically (and sometimes on critical files).

Like I said, I've been using ZFS for years in production and I'm ecstatic to have a low power unit for my home office (I purchased my unit directly from iX once this new form-factor came out because it has dual GE NIC ports, which means I can replace my router with this box). 20W, 16GB of RAM, up to 12TB usable in a RAID 3+1 config and able to saturate a 1GE link. Excellent.

Other low end Linux or embedded NAS units are infuriating when you need to troubleshoot something or there is some kind of corruption. This is a small, low power PC that you can salvage replacement components out of and even transfer your drives to a stock FreeBSD host. The OS is mounted via a RAM disk which is loaded from a read-only internal flash drive. Also, with 12TB of usable storage (pre-compression), not having to file system check ever is a big deal if the power goes out.
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After receiving and opening the unit, I filed a ticket with iXsystems to find out where I should mount two internal 2.5" drives -- the documentation on their site said it supported them. One was easily identified on the side of the hot-swap drive bays (inside the case). iX sent me (for free!) a carrier that fit into the slimline cd drive bay on the top to hold the second drive. One 2.5" is for the host os (freebsd10), the other is for a ZFS L2Arc (ssd).

So far the unit is running very well. The fan is a bit noisier than an hp microserver, but the sound it makes is more "whooshy" and less "whiney" -- I attribute this to the hp microserver having a very noisy psu, and the FreeNAS mini's large fan is louder, and clearly pulls more air through it than microserver. I wouldn't want it sitting near me on the top of a desk while I was working for very long, but under a desk or in a corner of a room it is bearable.

The build quality seems very good. Support has been timely and responsive to the few questions I have asked.

In addition, I had ordered the 16GB of additional ram separately, and iXsystems noticed this and incorporated the ram in the build, as well as refunded the additional shipping cost of the ram. Very nice service.
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Absolutely the best home NAS server. I am running Plex on it and it has no problem serving 4 movies across my network at once. Could probably serve more if I wanted. Extremely fast and flawless uptime. It is also used as a cloud backup for my home computers.

I got this to replace a home made freenas box running 2x 3 disc raid arrays (500mb used drives). It worked OK but was slow sometimes and would have to be reset manually after power outage. The new box is extremely reliable with no issues at all. I am glad I built one first to learn about freenas but if I ever have to do another one, this box is the way to go. Worth the extra money.
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I started a freeNAS box with an old computer over 6 months ago and was very impressed with the capabilities of the freeNAS software. Eventhough it was working, I knew I should put the program on a more reliable computer to host the freeNAS program. After reading several reviews about IX Systems effort (the most influential being Cyperjock's review on the freeNAS forum) I was convinced that this FreeNAS Mini would suit me for all of the right reasons.
I am not a computer expert or programmer. There are a lot of the technical details of this equipment I don't understand. However, it does exceed the minimum requirements for running the freeNAS program by far. I am definitely a novice in using the freeNAS program. I am learning as time goes on. I am very confident that this Server has the ability to provide a stable hardware environment for me and has the capacity for expansion. I have been using the FreeNAS Mini for 2-1/2 months now & my expectations have been greatly exceeded. I heartily recommend this to anyone interested in setting up a Media Server (especially using the freeNAS software). I have also installed the Plex Media Server Program and it runs great!
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Go to Freenas.org to get the information on this unit. It is wonderful, fast, great processor, etc. I wanted to use as a media server and file backup server. Works with PLEX and can trans-code multiple streams simultaneously. You need a good multi-core processor to run the media centers. I did not have a Unix based operating system machine before this one. It is a learning curve, but the freenas.org folks have lots of on-line resources including youtube to guide you through the installation of the various "services" you might want to run. By the way, pair the unit with Western Digital RED drives as recommended. Your choice to have them pre-installed or buy on Amazon and install yourself. Takes about 10 minutes to install by yourself.
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