Show your storage setups!


It would be interesting to see what others are using for storage (Hardware and Software) And what are you using your storage for.

Please lets go a bit deeper into the setups here. Not only posting the pics and list of hardware but also the story of you have a great one ofcourse.

Ideas are welcome.

— posting this from mobile will fill in more details later


My nas is a custom build out of my old desktop, its a

Intel i7 3770k
16G of memory
Asus Z77 Sabertooth

3 Segate 3tb hdd
2 hgst 3tb hdd
all in a R1


My nas is an intel i3, asrock mb, 16gb ram running Openmediavault server, Debian based. I keep it simple and have 3 raid1, ext4 volumes, I run docker on it and have my unify controller running in one container. I want to run an Emby media sever in another docker container on it. I also setup smb shares on it for my desktop pc, setup 2 smb shares to my xcp-ng server for vm’s and storage. I can post a photo later but it’s just a tower case with 1 16gb ssd for the os and 6 spinning drives in it now.


My server is based on an Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 cpu, and 4x 4TB WD Red drives in RAID5. I forgot which mainboard is in, but it is acting pretty strange… When turning it on, you can’t press the power button, just nothing happens, however, power cycle it, it and it starts up right away.

I am using the server for web server, ftp server, Unifi Controller, Unifi Video, and I have put all my media on it too so I can get access to it from everywhere using Plex, I still got some old and cheap ip cameras for outdoor surveillance, where I use MotionEye to detect motion, which use quite a lot more cpu than the Unifi cameras.

It is also used as an off site backup of my work computer.

Currently I am running Debian on it, but I am considering if I should switch to Unraid, so I could run multiple machines on it at the same time, and save having multiple computers running.

– Pictures to come –


I did not choose a DIY build for network storage but Synology DiskStations.

My first one was a DS409 with Seagate 3TB drives that all broke down :disappointed_relieved: within a few weeks from each other.
A DS414 replaced this one with WD Red 4TB drives but I kept the DS409 as a memorabilia :sunglasses:.

I added a DS1815+ which broke down on me with 8 x 6TB WD Red’s. Most likely due to the Intel CPU bug but Synology did not confirm this but allowed me to replace the unit at my retailer in a process that took some time.

In the meantime I added a DS1817+ to migrate the 8 x 6TB WD Red’s from the broken DS1815+
By now the retailer did not had a DS1815+ in stock anymore to replace the broken DiskStation so I opted to upgrade to another DS1817+ which became the host for the disks in the DS414.

Migrating disks from one DiskStation to the other was quite easy btw. A wizard helps you with this.

This is the current setup which also includes a DS215j (2 x WD Red 3TB):

Disk overview:

Storage is in use by documents, (holiday) pictures and movies (GoPro but also 360 degrees content), security camera footage, ripped music and off course loads of Linux ISO’s.


Just a desktop PC that I’m running unRAID on for home use. System Specs are:

AMD Ryzen 2600
MSI Motherboard

Before I built the system I was leaning towards FreeNAS, but ultimately decided on unRAID for one main reason. Being able to add drives whenever, and not having to recreate arrays and such. I can just add capacity whenever the budget allows.

Have a couple of Ubuntu server VMs running, one that is my Unify Controller, and just another one to play around with. Also run a couple Docker containers, such as Krusader, Plex Server, and PiHole.


My solution isn’t the prettiest, I currently don’t have any pictures.
I’m running FreeNAS on a Dell R410 1U Server with 2x2TB hard drives. The server has dual E5620 4 Core/8 Thread processors and 32GB of RAM. This server is strictly for a place to store ISOs and keep client data temporarily while I reinstall their OS.