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Topic # 204833 19-Oct-2016 12:15
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A few years ago, I got a NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2. I currently have 2x 4TB drives in there (WD Red) and I've been generally happy with the set-and-forget nature of the beast.

 

But these days I'm feeling that the OS is getting old, that it doesn't do what a modern NAS should be capable of. It's a bit finickity to administer and I'm wondering what my options are. I don't want to replace the entire NAS hardware ($$$) because it still works, and it only has a low demand placed on it. I use it for holding overflow photos from my laptop, for backing up my laptop, and storing videos for my OpenELEC media server. I would be interested in installing on it a media server (Plex?) (Media would be consumed on family iPhones/iPads) plus perhaps a P2P and usenet client on it. Perhaps a Squeezebox server might be handy too, but I am starting to experiment with (the free version of) MS Groove, having signed up to a family O365 subscription and placing my music etc. there.

 

Is there a suitable NAS OS (GPL or otherwise free/open source) that I could consider replacing the Radiator OS with? Has anyone tried this and what are your experiences? What other options are available to me?

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Jon





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  Reply # 1653491 19-Oct-2016 12:52
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I have done this with the Netgear ReadyNAS.

 

I simply installed Debian Linux and used ZFS to format / raid the drives. Likely not what you're wanting but it worked well for my needs. You could likely install FreeNAS on it however just be warned it'll involve a reformat of the disks and from what I recall you're needing to use a serial cable for initial administration because it doesn't have onboard video.

 

Things like the front LCD won't work however there are workarounds for this out there on the internet.





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  Reply # 1653519 19-Oct-2016 13:22
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michaelmurfy:

 

I simply installed Debian Linux and used ZFS to format / raid the drives.

 

Another similar option would be OpenMediaVault but I would wait for version 3 to arrive, which it should be doing soon.

 

I think the NV+ v2 has 256MB RAM as default so unless it's got more memory now I would be inclined to sell it and use the cash to build a new NAS. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1653521 19-Oct-2016 13:25
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cynnicallemon:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

I simply installed Debian Linux and used ZFS to format / raid the drives.

 

Another similar option would be OpenMediaVault but I would wait for version 3 to arrive, which it should be doing soon.

 

I think the NV+ v2 has 256MB RAM as default so unless it's got more memory now I would be inclined to sell it and use the cash to build a new NAS. 

 

 

Good point, I didn't read that. Being ARM based I think you're out of luck here.

 

I honestly forgot that some ReadyNAS devices are ARM based...





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  Reply # 1653526 19-Oct-2016 13:36
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michaelmurfy:

 

cynnicallemon:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

I simply installed Debian Linux and used ZFS to format / raid the drives.

 

Another similar option would be OpenMediaVault but I would wait for version 3 to arrive, which it should be doing soon.

 

I think the NV+ v2 has 256MB RAM as default so unless it's got more memory now I would be inclined to sell it and use the cash to build a new NAS. 

 

 

Good point, I didn't read that. Being ARM based I think you're out of luck here.

 

I honestly forgot that some ReadyNAS devices are ARM based...

 

 

A lot of the off the shelf NAS boxes are pretty much under specced to start out with. Much better to build your own and learn something in the process.

 

With ZFS being all the rage now, it requires a system to have a fair bit of memory and a half decent processor.




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  Reply # 1654903 20-Oct-2016 08:50
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michaelmurfy:

 

cynnicallemon:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

I simply installed Debian Linux and used ZFS to format / raid the drives.

 

Another similar option would be OpenMediaVault but I would wait for version 3 to arrive, which it should be doing soon.

 

I think the NV+ v2 has 256MB RAM as default so unless it's got more memory now I would be inclined to sell it and use the cash to build a new NAS. 

 

 

Good point, I didn't read that. Being ARM based I think you're out of luck here.

 

I honestly forgot that some ReadyNAS devices are ARM based...

 

 

I'm tending to agree... I'm plain out of luck :-(

 

Ah well, I can live with it, just would be nice to keep it up to date. Nevermind and thanks for the comments!





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