I have an almost 5 year old system with the following config:
CPU AMD FX 6300 6 Core
Motherboard ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM GSkill 8GB DDR3
Graphics Card Sapphire R9 270X
The motherboard specifications indicate that there is an onboard RAID controller.
AMD SB950 controller : 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
I am thinking of turning it into a FreeNAS box.
I wish to use this only as a backup solution running at most 1 hour each day.
My data requirements are quite low. I currently have less than 1TB of data that I would like to protect.
The data contains important documents, some personal projects, passwords etc. i.e. mostly small files.
At most I would plan for 2TB of usable disk space.
How many disks and in what configuration should I use for a home FreeNAS server with the above requirements.
Do I need more RAM? Do I need ECC RAM?
Do I need to use the onboard RAID controller? I don’t have any experience setting up RAID.
Would mirroring 2 disks suffice? What RAID configuration do I need i.e. RAID-Z[1-3] etc.? Do I need a separate disk for cache, logs etc.
As I am in India, both price and availability of hardware is a concern.