Wednesday, June 28, 2006


I’ve got a RAID set up at my house, but Network-Attached Storage (NAS) is much cooler.  FreeNAS server only takes up 16MB on a hard drive and is fully open source (read “free”), which means that you can install it on any old PC that you have sitting around.  I’m going to go root around for an old tower PC with lots of drive bays so that I can maximize the storage using FreeNAS.  A few nice features of FreeNAS:

  • Supports software RAID models
  • Supports access from Windows
  • Supports access from Macintosh
  • Built-in FTP
  • Network File System (NFS)

Looking at the prices of hard drives these days, it doesn’t seem like it would be too expensive to build a redundant 1TB NAS.


1 comment:

Unknown said...

I have been using FreeNAS for quite some time and I am a really big fan. In fact, I have made FreeNAS one of the focuses of my blog Daily Cup of Tech (

One of the things that really impresses me about FreeNAS is the fact that this free OS can be up and running in a matter of minutes, opening you up to the ability to store file on the system using Windows, FTP, RSYNC, and more! And it only takes up 32 MB on the disk!

I have written a number of articles about FreeNAS. A lot of it is about how to set up and configure the system to work with your Windows network. All of the articles can be found at I hope you find them to be useful.