So I am interested in building a NAS Killer. I love the guides, but still have a few questions after having gone through them.
So here’s what I generally want:
- 1 NAS setup with ~1-4 TB to start out with
- Consolidation of data and ease of organization
- Remote access and management
- Low power consumption
- Be able to also run simple gaming servers (Minecraft, etc.)
- A fun time learning while building my own personal networking infrastructure
Here is what I have:
- 1 Gbps download and upload speed
- AC1900p ASUS Router
- Windows Desktop and Laptop
- Employee Discount for certain electronics, including drives
- 100 GB of cloud storage thru Google
- 2 TB of cloud storage thru ASUS Webstorage
- TEMPORARY student cloud storage thru Microsoft and Google
Here are my questions:
[FreeNAS vs Unraid]
- Who better handles backup to cloud storage (Google, OneDrive, ASUS Webstorage)
- Is there a big difference in user friendliness?
- These days, should I be worried at all with either OS and 64 bit architecture issues? This link has me afraid. Mainly scared that I would have to build a beast in order for FreeNAS to make sense.
- Would one better handle running gaming server(s) like Minecraft in addition to general storage?
- Who has best upload/download speeds?
- Personal preferences/experiences?
[HDDs vs SSD]
- Which should I use for an OS Drive?
-Can I also use the OS drive as a data drive?
-I’ve heard that flash media fails about every 6 months when used as the OS drive. Is this true?
- Which should I use for Data Drives?
-Will choosing SSDs contribute significantly to “future-proofing?”
- Should I have a drive dedicated as a write cache or for anything else? If so, should I use SSD or HDD?
- Do people often perform automatic backups from devices to the NAS drive?
-If so, is Windows File History commonly used?
- Should I work on files located on either the NAS or Google Drive, or should they solely be treated at repositories for backups, not workspaces? What should my data flow look like?
- When using NAS, how easy is file sharing and collaboration? Is collaboration best handled using Google Drive? If so, what is the best way to backup from Google Drive to the NAS after collaboration is complete?