I currently have an old PC (think 1st gen I7, Geforce 560, legacy mobo) that I had thrown plex on and turned into a home server. I essentially have been adding hard drives and a pci-e sata expansion card to keep the storage flowing. As I am starting to get a wee bit worried about a redundancy factor, I started looking into Unraid. I was looking at all of your NAS building guides and decided I should at least upgrade my aging system before I jump in.
Here is where my problem lies. A friend kindly donated a server and I thought that would be fun to use as my host machine. It has 6 300gb 10000rpm SAS drives with it, 72 gigs of ram, and two 6 core xeon processors. It is older but still better than what I had, plus it’s free. Here is my biggest question: If I put Unraid on the server and use it as my main host, what specifically should I do to turn the old PC into a NAS?
I know this sounds ridiculously basic and thick headed, but I do not quite understand what file system I would have on the NAS. All of the guides point to having everything on one machine, but what are the steps when you have 2?
Or am I even creating a NAS? Would it be better to get an SAS HBA card and just run the cables to the hard drives in the old pc? I really am scratching my head here as to what would be the best option.
If any of you wizened vets could throw me some advice then I would be eternally grateful.