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Date:      Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:57:44 -0700
From:      Tim Judd <>
To:        FreeBSD questions <>
Subject:   Re: Recommendations on reliable home fileserver hardware?
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Clifton Royston wrote:
>   My FreeBSD file server at home has been running for 5 or 6 years on a
> succession of generic PC "small form factor" boxes (a.k.a "shoebox
> cases".)  I'm not very happy with this approach, because the hardware
> keeps dying every two years or so.  The latest incarnation is getting
> flakier and flakier and it's time to replace it.  I think one problem
> is that the cooling is lousy on the ones I've used, at least with two
> hard drives - I've ended up running with the cover off so it won't die
> rapidly - but maybe there are better ones out there.
>   Can anyone recommend an integrated SFF system or other small
> case/mobo combination which they're using with FreeBSD 6 or 7, and
> which is both long-lived and fairly quiet?  (It sits on my desk, and
> near my wife's desk, so the vacuum-cleaner-like noise levels from many
> 1U servers will not cut it.)
>   As I am running two 200G PATA drives in gmirror - this has saved me
> twice now - one additional requirement is that it must fit at least two
> standard 3.5" hard drives and have an IDE interface.  (Eventually I may
> switch over to SATA but would rather not change everything at the same
> time.)  I'd consider running a Mac Mini (tiny, silent, s/b reliable) if
> it weren't for needing 2+ drives for mirroring.
>   I'm comfortable either building my own system, or buying a packaged
> system if it offers better value.
>   Any advice would be welcomed.
>   -- Clifton
I've got a shoebox Gateway I love for the case size, however it's drive 
location for the HDD has to be the worst place on earth to put it 
there.  I'm almost tempted to pull the floppy drive out and stick the 
hdd in there instead -- but I digress.

Taking a little more for desk space, you can always run with 1 internal 
3.5" drive, and hook up an external USB drive for the mirror.  FreeBSD 
won't think of it any different, it's just an 'ad' device and a 'da' device.

FWIW, this is just another option for you.

HTH --Tim

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