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You ARE data prepping, right!?
Post NAS specs or GTFO
I mean, you do have a $1,000+ NAS with at least 10TB’s of storage capacity archiving the best parts of the internet before it’s all gone right, RIGHT!?
So I like to dabble a little in archiving things of interest; that is, things that I find interesting. I don’t really care what other people think about it though because I’m archiving for myself you see. Besides, I'm sure it'll still fetch a pretty penny in the future when data trading with some no-NAS pleb on war torn streets after it's been memory holed from the WWW collapse. This includes all sorts of things ranging from dank memes, movies, games, software, to whole YouTard channels! And let’s not forget about my frogs and cats; I have lots of those too. My collection of stuff is eclectic to say the least and it isn’t that very well organized either.
Some things I do keep pretty well organized, then other things are buried so deep that I couldn’t tell you where it’s at. For example, I’ve been trying to find my old WoW screen shots. I know I have them somewhere, but the older ones I’m not so sure. I did manage to find some old kitty videos of my cats when I was a kid and other dumb computer videos involving bandicam and Notepad instructions. I won’t be sharing them though to spare you all from cringe.
So I built this about five or six years ago, and its been rocking on since. It’s running FreeNAS version 11.1-U7 on five 2TB Western Digital Red CMR disk drives with the ZFS file system, 8GB of ECC memory, and some dual core i3 CPU. I keep it on a CyberPower UPS too so that power dips and outages won’t cause any potential damage.
Unfortunately it’s been out of service these past two weeks because the main boot drive, which was just a flash drive, failed on me. This wouldn’t be the first time since flash drives can’t really withstand being used in this manner for such a prolonged amount of time. I’ve had this puppy running over 2 and a half years solid uptime when I was still living at my apartment. I’ve finally decided to stop being a cheap ass and bought an SSD. Hopefully it’ll last longer, and if not, then I’ll just buy another mechanical drive for it.
The rest of the data drives are all fine though, so there’s nothing to worry about with the data. I also have a few extra replacements in case I ever have a drive failure. I should probably buy at least 5 more for back up though, as well as replacement parts so I won’t have to rig up some Frankenstein’s monster of a contraption in the future.
I highly recommend FreeNAS (now known as TrueNAS) and ZFS for an archive server because of the reliability. It might be a little complicated at first, but if you’re familiar with Linux or FreeBSD then it ain’t so bad. Just don’t go overboard with it by making it into some HTPC media center. Keep it simple!
YouTurd recently brought back the “Oldest” sort button for channels, which is very helpful in dredging up the older and frequently better videos of channels that have been piling on nothing but crap the last decade. Better get to archiving bros!
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