Looking to Build Your Very First unRAID Server?

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CaptainPsycho Offline
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(2016-01-27 16:05)danny1 Wrote:  Trying to decide between UnRaid and FreeNas. Anybody have opinion as to which one is better?

1st: Do both meet your requirements? Unraid is way more versatile.
2nd: ZFS vs. unraid
3rd: budget - freenas is more demanding

ZFS is absolutely great but an unraid server can easily be upgraded in storage by just plugging in an additional disk or just swap one disk by another bigger one.

In ZFS you will need to replace all disks in you pool with bigger ones oder add another pool what means at least 2 disks. But more woul make more sense.

When Freenas is meeting your requirements and you have the money go for freenas. ZFS is great!

e.g. Start with 8 equal disks in raidZ2 (Raid6) and when you need more space add another 8 disks or replace all 8. Today with disks greater 4TB I'd always use 2 parity disks (URE).

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Joachim
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I haven't used zfs or freenas but have been using unraid for several years.

Unraid was already a very mature and flexible server os, but in the last year alone they added a ton of new functionality like kvm, docker and cache pool. Next version will add dual parity (currently in closed beta).

Also within the last couple of years unraid/limetech as a company grew and added some top notch people who spearheaded some of the new developments.

I would highly recommend it
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While I personally like unRaid and have 3 Pro Servers running at my Dads place, at home I switched to Snapraid and a Windows Server (runs on Linux too).
It's similar to unRaid, except that it is not a complete OS, just a normal Application and instead of Real-Time protection it uses Snapshots. This has both Pros and Cons but for me the Pros far outweight any Cons. The biggest gripe I had with unRaid was that it uses ReiserFS.
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(Yesterday 11:02)falc410 Wrote:  The biggest gripe I had with unRaid was that it uses ReiserFS.

That is no longer the case. The slew of new features added over the last 1-2 years include support for other file systems like xfs and butterfs. The best part is, just like hdd sizes, you can mix and match different file systems, too.

I switched all my data drives to xfs about a year ago
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