The most overkill NAS ever... It's finally done!


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  • Robert Ferenchik
    Robert Ferenchik  1 days back

    anyone else spot the JUUL charger?

    • Peter A. Morrison
      Peter A. Morrison  3 days back

      Welcome to the utility of unRAID.

      • artlessknave
        artlessknave  4 days back

        if you want freenas always check the freebsd compatibility lists and try and buy that hardware. freebsd is great when it works, but is very manual when it doesnt. I'm not sure for unraid...but raid cards + zfs is not a good idea, unless you remove the raid component of the raid card. some RAID cards add junk to the hard drives even in "passthrou jbod modes", which mangles data if you use any other card.

        • johnneal cabalteja
          johnneal cabalteja  4 days back

          theslowmoguys.its gone in 4months

          • Kaloyan Nikolov
            Kaloyan Nikolov  5 days back

            I can't make if the entire time he's looking at Jay is with admiration or resentment :D

            • Rarokillo
              Rarokillo  5 days back

              Probably it's late to say but I had also a drivers issue with FreeNAS, finally i went to Openmediavault, it's almost the same of freeNas but instead of FreeBSD is a Debian.

              • Albertus de Wet
                Albertus de Wet  6 days back

                Would like to see a tutorial on this build, but more the setup/configuration that was done. Possible?

                • Deez Nutz
                  Deez Nutz  7 days back

                  Someone should explain the difference between bits and bytes. There is no way a 10 gigabit connection would be bottle necked by even the slowest SSD.

                  • Drew Jackson
                    Drew Jackson  1 weeks back

                    @13:28 yes, that is correct way modem router switch, not the other way around.. .. ;-)

                    • Radical HippieTech
                      Radical HippieTech  1 weeks back

                      It's not a real window it's just a light........ lol
                      Nice NAS..... I learned long time ago when dealing with network management naming is like the most important part of it. When you have 100 or 1000 computers and drives easy to get lost..... I see future many more SSD will be installed........

                      • Nicholas Lovan
                        Nicholas Lovan  2 months back

                        "I made a video once" -I know that feeling...

                        • Marcel Etchart
                          Marcel Etchart  2 months back

                          May I recommend you link the video to your server build. I would have paused and watched that first :P

                          • Aviv Ronen
                            Aviv Ronen  2 months back

                            Link to the sata and 10gbe controller?

                            • Mullvaden83
                              Mullvaden83  2 months back

                              Your speed test was fast cause you copied to the cache and not the array. You always copy to the cache then unraid moves the files by it self to the array at set intervals that you tell it to. And that is slow. Like 30mb / sec.

                              • Brynden Rivers
                                Brynden Rivers  2 months back

                                Not to sound like a snob, but when you only have 2x 10G ports, I wouldn't classify that as a 10G network. Hell, Jay makes way more money than I do and I have a Netgear XS712T (10x 10GBase-T + 2x SFP+)... you could have bought a Netgear xs708T for a $200 more than that Asus toy, but I would have expected Jay to at least have something like an XS716T

                                • Lauri L
                                  Lauri L  2 months back

                                  "I wish I knew more about..." - just do it and learn while doing it?!

                                  • brian cochran
                                    brian cochran  2 months back

                                    Would love to see Jay’s two cents water cooling with a bad ass server Linus and Jerry doing the software side of things would make for an amazing video go all out it would be crazy

                                    • mrjnuts1
                                      mrjnuts1  3 months back

                                      Do you use next cloud on Unraid? Jay if so do a tutorial to set it up I bet there so many people who want to know.

                                      • ApxuBbI
                                        ApxuBbI  3 months back

                                        Anyone here with R6 case, and bunch of HDDs, want to know how noisy is this setup?

                                        • SgtKenzo
                                          SgtKenzo  3 months back

                                          I know he said this but, I really did find this to be a good UNRAID tutorial :P

                                          • Richard Ren
                                            Richard Ren  3 months back

                                            If you run chôme you will need 1TB if ram

                                            • Eduardo David Carapaica Rodriguez

                                              Jay can you do a tutorial to do a cheap nas

                                              • Stephen S
                                                Stephen S  3 months back

                                                They mention that there's a bottleneck from the NAS to the PC but fail to mention why they are only hitting 470MB writes to the NAS. Mmh, why is that do you think? Jay actually seems impressed about this. Map it as a drive and run cyrstaldiskmark perhaps. Only then will you will find out it's true potential.

                                                • LiMiTz Cash
                                                  LiMiTz Cash  3 months back

                                                  I dont know why people would use SSD's for a data server/NAS. Yeah, the speeds will be very fast, but give it about a year of constant writing to the drives, and the drives will be paper weights.

                                                  The hard drives your using are built for Raid and constant 24/hr usage of writing and reading data. SSDs are not built for that. Or do they now have SSDs that are built for Raid and servers?

                                                  I've been out of the hardware game for a few years now, that's why I'm asking.

                                                  • theatermusic87
                                                    theatermusic87  3 months back

                                                    That looks like a define R4-R5 etc... If it is, I found running basically the same setup (smaller drive size) that I needed a couple fans in the front panel slots blowing air over the drives otherwise they would over heat. Idle temps were around 80F, and would spike to 120-130ish during extended read/writes

                                                    • Daniel Melzak
                                                      Daniel Melzak  3 months back

                                                      If you want to setup a network cache system that runs on Linux containers, check out

                                                      • Robert Sanchez
                                                        Robert Sanchez  3 months back

                                                        These videos are the best. It's like a mechanic trying to explain the physics and math behind the internal combustion engine. No different than Linus smacking his head up against his servers.

                                                        • Phixation
                                                          Phixation  3 months back

                                                          I have no clue why you would use Unraid. Unraid is not free.

                                                          • Hotcooler
                                                            Hotcooler  4 months back

                                                            Kind of similar setup would be Mergerfs+snapraid I guess, been using that for years and seems good.

                                                            • Jesper Dobran
                                                              Jesper Dobran  4 months back

                                                              I like that this video is now on the frontpage of Unraids website.

                                                              • jhippl
                                                                jhippl  4 months back

                                                                what software are you going to use to setup a game drive so if two people are playing the same game the wont over write each others files

                                                                • MrSaucerboy
                                                                  MrSaucerboy  4 months back

                                                                  Awesome stuff Jay. Any thoughts on use FOG project to have OS images premade for bench marking?

                                                                  • Parax77
                                                                    Parax77  4 months back

                                                                    You want to use [Most Free] Allocation if you want it to spread data, your current setting of [High Water] will only move on when the 1st drive is full

                                                                    Also you can skip parity creation if the drives are all blank! it'll save you so many hours with 10TB drives...

                                                                    • Harrison Thomas
                                                                      Harrison Thomas  4 months back

                                                                      Hi Jay. Unraid veteran of 3-4 years here. Just wanted to comment to say in response to what you said at 14:28, if you are using a cache drive, you actually aren't dealing with spinning drives for writes to the array. It will first write to the cache SSD and then when you've scheduled unraid's "mover" script, your files will be moved from the cache to the spinning (parity protected) drives. This is also why you wouldn't expect your drives to heat up on writes to the array. That would only be applicable if you didn't have a cache drive. Because you have to write to the array while maintaining parity, it significantly reduces your write speeds to the actual array, which is why a cache drive is necessary for most use cases with Unraid. Let me know if I can answer any questions :)

                                                                      • Johan Larsson
                                                                        Johan Larsson  4 months back

                                                                        Great answer! Was scratching my head at that point of the video. You saved me from having to comment on it 👍

                                                                    • Philip Michaelsen
                                                                      Philip Michaelsen  4 months back

                                                                      Wanna keep your files safely stored? Use FreeNAS (ZFS more specifically). Wanna use FreeNAS? Get supported hardware. There's a list of supported hardware for each release at This is not difficult.

                                                                      • Yee Thirty
                                                                        Yee Thirty  4 months back

                                                                        Holy shit barni lookin good these days.. amazing what a few years does.

                                                                        • daan9999
                                                                          daan9999  4 months back

                                                                          Wheres the 40 gbps infinniband card?? Not overkill then.. and use freenas next time much better than unraid

                                                                          • Jason Eala
                                                                            Jason Eala  4 months back

                                                                            Unraid... this is when everyone watching this goes to space invader1’s channel for the real nitty gritty if going this route..

                                                                            • Theodore Moxie
                                                                              Theodore Moxie  4 months back

                                                                              Asking the pc gamers......get 5700 xt or get the 2080 ti kingpin? Its gonna be in a pc-011 air case 14 fans...

                                                                              • TheTrekGuy97
                                                                                TheTrekGuy97  4 months back

                                                                                easier and cheaper just to buy a business/enterprise NAS and actually have some support. Unless you have specific needs might as well.... well there is the fun factor as well. :-)

                                                                                • TheSunExpress
                                                                                  TheSunExpress  4 months back

                                                                                  PSA: If your goal is 10GB fiber network for your storage shenanigans *AND* FreeBSD, then there is just one word -- Mellanox
                                                                                  This NIC purveyor is hilariously affordable & out of the 10+ Mellanox cards I own and have routinely put under heavy load for 10 years now, none have ever even slightly complained. I know I know I know.... 10GB fiber network at home is hella overkill, but so is nearly every mildly built-up gaming rig. A bones with FreeBSD is the support for Mellanox (& many many many other brands of course) is included for the base OS kernel.

                                                                                  Full disclosure: I've got 20 years of FreeBSD under my belt.

                                                                                  • Trackside Model Railroading

                                                                                    In my unRAID server I use LSI HBAs for all 24 drives in the pool and an Acera ARC-1882IX-12 for another 15 drives in multiple RAID5 arrays. I get bursts of 2400MBs per second with files that are 4GBs and less. Files and transfers larger than 4GB it will reduce to about 850MB per second sustained after about 3-4 minutes of transfer to the RAID5 cache drive (10.8TB's with all spinning drives), I have transferred 10TB's from my vCenter server with the 40Gb fiber channel and it basically did this all in one swoop and all at over 800MBs sustained. I am using controllers that are not common with unRAID but I have all redundancy even on the cache drive. I am using 5 3TB SAS drives on the cache array and the Areca has 4GBs of RAM on it allowing it to hit those speeds. If the card was in the new PCI Gen 3 slots it would hit 5GBps all day long. Increasing my drives in the array would also speed it up but I use the other RAID5s for VMs as I am looing to leave VMWare ESX and I am finding that I might be able to cut the cord using unRAID and the Areca controller as the backbone.

                                                                                    I do like unRAID and am moving some servers to that OS for long term storage but the server that we use for everyday edits is still from a Windows DataCenter server that runs Acera ARC-1882IX-24's. You just can't beat hardware RAID when it comes to speed, striping the data just increases the throughput to where I will most likely never work off a solo drive speed unless they create an insane drive in the future. I like the RAID cards so much that each workstation has an Areca controller installed on them.

                                                                                    • Knifefest Degroot
                                                                                      Knifefest Degroot  4 months back

                                                                                      Chrome is the memory hog now, not Firefox.

                                                                                      • Kshitij Rajkumar
                                                                                        Kshitij Rajkumar  4 months back

                                                                                        starting using unraid. Buying it. could you tell me how I could contact you personally! into open Loop water cooling thx 2 u. Lots to discuss man. thx

                                                                                        • 906Gaming
                                                                                          906Gaming  4 months back

                                                                                          Jay: God it takes 30 minutes to download almost 80GB!

                                                                                          Me: well guys if you wanna play this game I don't have it installed so it's gunna take about three days.

                                                                                          • drksilenc
                                                                                            drksilenc  4 months back

                                                                                            Why not use pre caching on either ram or ssd.

                                                                                            • Alan
                                                                                              Alan  4 months back

                                                                                              dislike AIO for a NAS or a server.... more failure point in a machine where reliability and power consumption is top priority. I also think a more power efficient GPU should be used instead.

                                                                                              • Hook Hand Tech
                                                                                                Hook Hand Tech  4 months back

                                                                                                Jerry: "I made a video once!" I think back to when he reheated leftover burger and fries in a hotel with tissue box cover and blow dryer while drunk. Epic vid, go find it!