More storage devices – NAS Project – Update #2

My NAS motherboard does only have 2 Sata slots, so i would need 4 more. I found a lot of cards online, on both eBay and Amazon. But my motherboard does only have one PCIe x1 slot, so not all cards would fit on my motherboard. A card that works great with FreeNAS is a SAS card, but it does not fit on my motherboard so i do need to find another one, like a Marvell 88SE9215.

Generic Internal SAS SATA 9211-8i
Generic Internal SAS SATA 9211-8i

I do recommend this SAS card (2 SAS slots, with the cable it will be 8 Sata slots): Generic Internal SAS SATA 9211-8i 6Gbps 8 Ports HBA PCI-E RAID Controller Card

You would also need some SAS to Sata cables: Cable Matters Internal Mini-SAS to 4x SATA Forward Breakout Cable 3.3 Feet

Why choose a SAS card instead of a normal Sata card? Well, it got some issues having a normal Sata card, some of them is that it does not allow you to run SMART on your drives. But anyway, i am using the Sata card because it fits in my PCIe x1, and it is a bit cheaper. It is a risk to take, i have read that sometimes it would not work, but i am taking the risk. I found Marvell 88SE9215 Sata card for $36.5 USD, it got 4 x Sata 3 slots. It is not important that it got Sata 3 (Sata 2 is fine), but why not.

Marvell 88SE9215
Marvell 88SE9215

Marvell 88SE9215 Sata card: IO Crest 4 Port SATA III PCI-e 2.0 x1 Controller Card Marvell Non-Raid with Low Profile Bracket SI-PEX40064

Something i have been thinking about is what to do if i want 6 sata drives and what to do with the SSD that store my FreeNAS OS. If that day comes, i think i would install FreeNAS on a USB, not recommend but i think it will work.

Updates on how the Marvell 88SE9215 card did, will come in future posts.

My NAS Server Project – Update #1

So i have been watching some videos on YouTube and got inspired to make a NAS server at home. I am trying to get the most bang for the buck, so i will use minimal with money on my server.

I have desided to go with a white version of the Fractal Design Node 304. Wasn’t this a budget build? Well, yes, but everything budget without the case!

Fractal Design Node 304
Fractal Design Node 304

I really like the case, the design is just beautiful. Another plus is that it got 6 x trays for 3.5″ drives, which is perfect for a home NAS.
Because of the case, i would need a mini-ITX motherboard, i got a Pegatron IPX41-R3 motherboard included a Intel Dual Core E5700 and 2 GB DDR3 RAM. Price: 504 NOK (59 USD).

I got a 30GB SSD from China for about 210 NOK (25 USD). I know it would not be the best SSD on the market, but it is good enough for my NAS server. I will do some more testing and benchmarking of the SSD when i get it.

I think i got an old power supply at home, so i do not need to buy a new one (hopefully).

Product list (so far):


Total cost so far is 74 USD.