Some years ago, I bought a synology with 5 HDD WD Green 2TB each.
The purpose was to personal store files, and movies.
Then time past, and I things become more serious.
I needed a webserver providing services to the outside world, like comunity forums/webservers/audio/next cloud …
I felt the need to have something more powerful, but also wanted to have more fun building/managing my own hardware/system.
In 2016 I bought a PC thinking of using FreeNAS 10 as a system.
I followed the recommended specs to build the PC.
One of them was 64GB ECC Memory since it was using ZFS.
At that time FreeNAS 10 did not come out on time, and rather than going the the becoming old ‘9 version’. I decided to run an ubuntu LTS with openZFS.
current hardware configuration :
CPU : E3–1275 V6 3,80 GHz
MB : Gigabyte GA-X170-WS ECC
RAM : 64 GB crucial ECC
SSD system : Samsung 950 pro
external JBOD Enclosure : Areca ARC-4038-8
HDD : 8xHDD (Mix WD 4To and Toshiba 6To
1st point is purely a will and not a need :
I’d like to renew a bit my config…
I’m tempted by a threadripper, and this mean renew also MB and RAM
I don’t want thing to be over expensive.
2nd point HDD wondering :
Since the beginning I have a bad feeling about WD digital harddrives…
I did replaced all the green ones by red ones (more suitable for NAS), but still they die one after the other …
Meaning in 4+ years, I’ve replaced about 8 hard drives !!
Now replacing with Toshiba 6TB and have no issue yet.
Did anyone get the same bad experience with WD sata HDD ??
3rd point ZFS impact/needs :
One of the reason I also want to upgrade my config, is that I’m thinking to be more serious about cloud things… maybe trying a local cloud foundry … and/or simply run more VMs to try different things …
This being said … since the last recommendation I read from FreeNAS was to use a minimum of 64GB because of ZFS itself…
I SUPPOSE I will need to really go over, and at least reach 128GB…
What’s your opinion on this ?
Last point is linked to the 2nd one maybe…
I was wondering if the shorten life of my WD HDD was not caused by ZFS always committing on them…
Is there a way to ask ZFS to put the HDD to sleep if not used ? I don’t see anything like this in ZFS properties …
Also, maybe it would be useless since my servers/server logs are stored on Zpools … I guess it can never really be in sleeping mode …
Here we are
So if I want to run 128GB ECC is there a proper cheap TR configuration you can recommend ??
TR 1st gen 1900X (8 cores) is very cheap, I doubles my core/thread count this way.
Can it run 128GB ECC if yes which Memory I should take ? (speed doesn’t matter, I’m for stability first).
And which motherboard ?
I thought about the Asrock X399 Taichi, just because I thike these Taichi boards in general … but if you have better recommendations…
Thanks a lot for your help !