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Turgut Kalfaoglu

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Get an Orange PI 3 LTS.. it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports -- which you can add a USB (powered) hub too if you'd like.
I have that Orange PI and it's sharing two drives.. Total cost? about $50 for the Orange PI plus the drives.
I have Ubuntu on it, so it's doing SMB, NFS and Rsync daemon.. Very happy with its price, speed and convenience.
 
I'm running something similar but with Raspberry Pi 4 and a case from geekworm with passive cooling on all the chips. NVMe drive with usb c to usb 3 cable. Good speeds.

Shame that the NIC and usb share speeds.

Though i'm running raspbian os on it. The light version.
 
Get an Orange PI 3 LTS.. it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports

It comes with single USB 3.0 port according to the manufacturer:


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Get an Orange PI 3 LTS.. it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports

You get what you pay for with OrangePI's - just saying - as a hobby/dev board, they're ok, but there are much better solutions out there.

Hopefully you're not running their SD card image - there's a few security concerns there.

Armbian does have images, and they're "safe"... I'll be up front, I'm part of that community.


That being said - doing a NAS on a community board - can be done - I've posted howto's here on SNB forum that setup and securely setup a singleboard machine for data services, web, vpn, etc...

Going with the mainline NAS providers - for most, this is a better path - they're optimized for that task, and more importantly, they have customer support.
 
The 64-bit images on RPi4 are fine..

Yeah they are :)

The only thing im actually missing on the rpi 4 is WiFi 6, or atleast higher WiFi speeds than 100mbit.

The rest is very doable and solid.
 
I'm running something similar but with Raspberry Pi 4 and a case from geekworm with passive cooling on all the chips. NVMe drive with usb c to usb 3 cable. Good speeds.

Shame that the NIC and usb share speeds.

Though i'm running raspbian os on it. The light version.
Mine is similar -- I added passive radiator on the chips too, to cool them a bit better.. it's rock solid for months so far.
 

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