DIY Home NAS Adventures
I’ve been wanting to build my own NAS for some time now. My home network has become littered with various hard drive enclosures in various RAID setups attached to various computing boxen by various connection protocols, and I only foresee it becoming more so unless I do something about it. And the prebuilt boxen offered by Synology, QNAP, Drobo, etc. don’t offer the flexibility and defenses against bit-rot that I require.
Goodbye, ZFS; Hello, btrfs…
(subtitled: …At least for now.)
I’m a huge enthusiast when it comes to ZFS. But recent issues and concerns with it have caused me to abandon it (at least for now) in favor of using btrfs for some of my critical data.
For the last several months, I’ve used the Greenbytes/ZEVO community version of ZFS on my Macs. I served up a music library in RAID10 from a Mac Mini attached to my living room stereo, and have my photos in RAID10 attached to an iMac in my home office.