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  1. That's seems like a good idea. Plus, I first heard about AMD new platform codenamed Bulldozer which will use new socket AM3+ and chipsets 9XX yesterday (Yes I'm a Intel guy). So if I want an evolutionary system, I guess now is definitely not the time to buy... Crap. There is always something better ahead
  2. Yes, security IS a major concern but my major restraint still is budget. I don't have the choice, I have to go with low-cost consumer drives. I'm looking at the moment for the hardware I'll go for. I've decided to choose an AMD platform for its native support of SATAIII. I'm looking at motherboards for now but have found none so far that math all of my criteria (except one that costs 900$) which are: 1- AM3 Socket 2- DDR3 support 3- Native SATAIII support 4- 8 or more SATA connectors. 6 is definately not enough. (5- Onboard graphics) (6- eSATAIII Support) If you find by chance something like that, please let me know
  3. I personally like Serpent which was one of the finalist algorithm for the AES Contest back in 1998 because few weaknesses were discovered. But the winner, Rijndael (now known as AES) is fine too. I tend to prefer Full disk encryption over file container or other methods, so it needs a little more operations. Plus, I like to encrypt the system drive too... So I suppose an Atom will not be enough... You mentioned another area where I am a complete noob: Hardware encryption. I always used open source software encryption for fear of reverse engineering and back-doors but for this particular case I might consider it. What hardware would you recommend?
  4. Hey guys, After extensive search, I found exactly what I was looking for on the software side: FreeNAS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeNAS It is based on FreeBSD and as such is Rock-Solid and fully supports ZFS and disk encryption. If any of you have experiences with this piece of software, please let me know! For the hardware side, as TSullivan said, I think it would be nice to wait until SATAIII and USB3 are supported in chipsets. I'm currently looking on the AMD side to see if it's better than Intel's at the moment. One question remains though, how much computing power do I need to run a system like that (considering encryption of course)? I was thinking of going for 2gb DDR3 and Atom/I3, will it be enough?
  5. I've looked up the range of product TSullivan proposed and I found two major flaws: The inability to use ZFS as volume management and new standards like SATAIII and USB3 are generally not supported. This is why I will probably need to go with a full PC like setup in order to be able to use any hardware/software I want. However I'm still completely clueless regarding what hardware I need...
  6. Thank you very much for your opinion! I'll look into that later this day. Since you were speaking of drives, I would like to add that I am myself a big fan of WD but due to my severe budget at the moment I thought of going with samsung drives. I can have 6 Spinpoint F4 Eco-green 2To for just 450$ which seems like a good bargain. However as reliability is my biggest concern, I want rock-solid drives. So, please share your experiences, if any, with samsung drives.
  7. Hello everyone! first, excuse me for my poor English. I am Belgian and my mother tongue is French. I stumbled across this wonderful forum a few days ago while I was searching for informations about RAID enclosures and home servers. As I was reading posts, I realized that some users here have a really impressive amount of knowledge and experience in this area. So, if I may take a bit of your time, I would like to present you what I'd like to achieve in order to collect some advices. In fact, let's be honest: I really need help on this one! I currently have roughly 2Tb of data that reside on 2 WD MyBook 3.0 1Tb and 1 Hitashi internal 500Gb drive and I have the exact same configuration stored in a safe place for backup. Those data are exclusively music files, ebooks, images, movies (mkv) and archives (7z). I store all executables/OS/Configuration Files on another location so there is not much stressed imposed on those drives. But note however that being a paranoiac weirdo I encrypt all my drives using Truecrypt Full-Disk-Encryption (Serpent-Whirlpool). However, my problem is that this amount is rapidly growing and I am getting tired to add a consumer-grade external drive whenever I need more space. So right now, I'm looking for a future-proof, convenient and reliable solution to store ALL of my data. Performance falls in second place: I don't care if I will have a maximum read of 25Mbit/s as long as my data are secure. Secured against unauthorized manipulations and secured against corruption. I want my data to be literally carved in stone as they are not subject to much changes. I want a capacity of at least 6Tb for start, but it has to be expandable (to at least 12Tb). It also has to be a single volume and to be fault-tolerant so I'm thinking RAID6 (or more exactly RAIDZ2, see below). As I mentioned above, I am kind of paranoiac regarding security and data integrity, so I want to implement my future setup as a zpool with ZFS. So I will probably go for openIndiana for OS and here comes the tricky part: I want to be able to access my files from windows AND linux and also to be able to maintain the same level of security I have now, which means encryption (but not necessarily FDE). As I mentioned above, due to the kind of data I intend to store on my new system, the drives will not be put under much stress so no need for redundant PSU, battery card etc... nor for extensive server-like possibilities. I will be perfectly happy if the only way to access my data was to directly connect the system to my desktop by eSATA or USB3 for example. Plus, I think the system will only be powered on between 4 and 8 hours a day. So here I am: completely lost before the astronomical number of hardware and/or software solutions possible. I should also mention that I am on a budget of roughly 1K$ and the less it costs me the better (without losing reliability). Imagine you were me, what would you do? any solution/hardware/software recommendation is wholeheartedly welcome. Thanks in advance