The FreeNAS® Users Guide uses the following typographic conventions: Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS™ Users Guide is a work in progress and relies on the contributions of Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS® User Guide is a work in progress and relies on the Figure shows the screen that opens on clicking Interfaces → Add Interface. Table

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You should see this: Other than those three items, there’s not much more to worry about — it’s time to install FreeNAS. As you can see, in our case it plainly gujde, “SanDisk Cruzer 8.

This is, however, the best setup for providing the maximum amount of storage space.

As soon as you press Enter you’ll notice the dialogue beginning at the bottom of the screen. This thing needs to connect to your home network, obviously.

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

This would be a poor choice with the combination of drives we’re using, since we’d lose so much available storage. There’s really so much you can do with a home NAS. FreeNAS is warning us there’s no password. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to show you how to set up a CIFS share.


As it turns out, the answer is “yes” on all counts. In case one of the drives died, we’d still have a backup copy on the other. From a windows host: Start copying over your music, pictures and movies. What’s the best budget NAS? Select your device and press Enter. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll leave them all set to “None. You’ll be selecting the first option: Remember, we aren’t focusing on UFS file systems here.

Whichever you choose, you’ll end up in the actual FreeNAS installer here: That is, if you want to take a book or disc to another room of your abode, you pull it from the bookshelf and take it with you. Don’t insert it into one of those front panel sockets; to be safe it should be in the back of the PC. From another computer on your network, open up a web browser and enter the address you see on your FreeNAS machine.

You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we’re going to assemble our own. In the left menu, expand “Storage,” then “Volumes” and select “Create Volume.

Since BIOS options vary from device to device, here’s the basic the order you want: If you’re one of those extremely cautious people usser has to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements. To make things extra simple, we’ll break this into numbered steps for you.


In the left menu, expand “Account”, then “Users” and click “Add User. An old stand-by, the Unix File System.

Now it’s time to share that volume and get on with the exciting business of saving your data.

We also want ueer data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way. Next, change the permissions on that volume so that anyone can read and write to it. If you happen to be running a network where you statically set IP addresses, good for you.

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting a cheap FreeNAS environment up and running with the most basic of hardware. Let’s discuss the two file systems first.

Notice the “Group Type” there? Click the “Change” button to set the permissions. Drives are supremely important here. Exploring is half the fun.