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switching form windows to FreeNAS

sheinmansheinman Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

i ues my old pc (core i5 3470, 8GB ram, ssd) as plex serve and nothing else, is it worth to ditch windows and install FreeNAS?

thank you!


  • ahughes03ahughes03 Posts: 179Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I'm not too sure what you're trying to gain... You'd be running FreeNAS on the minimum recommended RAM, using a CPU that can't be paired with ECC RAM (if you ever decided to go that route), and would pretty much lose the use of the SSD, since FreeNAS is designed to run off a pair of thumbdrives (you could, of course, use the SSD as the boot drive, but that's all it could be used for).

    Not trying to be a party-pooper, but it seems like the hardware you have isn't terribly compatible with how FreeNAS likes to run...

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  • Brad_SBrad_S Posts: 224Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Hello @sheinman ,

    You are at the minimums for FreeNAS. I am running VMware ESXi 6.5 and Windows Server on top of that, but I am switching over to FreeNAS.

    Pros - FreeNAS uses ZFS file system which will allow a collection of hard drives to be "raided" without a RAID controller. The recommended configuration is RaidZ or RaidZ1 which is the same as Raid-5.

    You are moving to a Unix-based OS, so less code and generally runs faster without all of the Microsoft overhead.

    Setup is quick and easy. 16G thumb drive will run the entire OS.

    There is a plugin for Plex Media Server to run on the NAS.

    With FreeNAS 11, you can run other virtual machines (Windows, Unix, etc.)

    Cons - You need to know/understand some Unix, but not much.

    I will be running an AMD 4-core processor, 16G memory, multiple 4G and 2G hard drives.

    Good luck.

    Primary PMS: Windows Server 2012 R2 (VMware 6.5)
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