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I'm looking for a reliable and easy way to store my data so that I can access it from any of the devices in my home while automatically backing up data. I'm in the process of learning about FreeNAS and I like what I see but I'm having a hard time determining if it's a good fit for me.
In order of priority, this is what I'm looking to do:
Critical Data Storage – I currently have ~30GB of data that I would consider critical and irreplaceable. Normally new content is added rather than changed. I currently use a combination of Dropbox and google drive to protect that data but I would prefer something a bit more seamless.
Replaceable Data Storage – The bulk of my content is recorded TV shows or movies for LMCE. That content is generally removed after consumption. It is not irreplaceable but would be a PITA if lost.
Usenet Download Server – I've recently started using sabnzbd, couchpotato and sickbeard on an old P4. I can see myself digging more into them and expanding into more related applications which are available as FreeNAS plugins. I suspect that if I didn't do FreeNAS that I'd be able to run these applications on my LMCE core. (right?)
I like the RAIDZ2 reliability in FreeNAS but considering my limited needs, it seems like it will be overkill...plus the cost of a FreeNAS box with four matching HDs is significant.
What options should I be looking into?
Are you guys running/testing your installation 12.04 or 14.04 on SSD?
Is anyone using SSD for lmce?
Sorry to ask these questions, I am planning to collect hardwares this season(thanks giving sales)
A list like that exists at http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/models/?release=12.04%20LTS&category=Desktop
The thing with hardware is: It changes so rapidly, that there is no real value in setting up a sub category. And as I tried to point in my first message, most hardware will work as a core. The only thing that could hinder it would be the network interface, and that can be amended by using PCI(e) NICs. For MDs it is a different story, but the first sentence still applies.