One 3D-printed NAS wasn't enough, so I printed two more!
12 June 2024

I reached out to a creator of 3D-printable computer cases, makerunit, to ask if he was interested in designing a 3D-printed NAS case. And before I knew it, he designed two fantastic DIY NAS cases!

A little bit of DIY NAS and 3D-printing shenanigans
19 February 2024

Increasing the capacity of my NAS by 3D-Designing and 3D-printing a drive caddy for 4x 2.5" SSDs. Is an all flash DIY NAS in my future?

Topton 2-Bay R1 Pro NAS
09 January 2024

My evaluation of an interesting barebones NAS featuring: two 3.5-inch hard drive bays, a M.2 NVMe 2280 slot, an Intel N100 CPU, one DDR4 SODIMM, and two 2.5Gbps NICs.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2023
20 September 2023

A small form factor, 4-bay DIY NAS featuring a Celeron N5105 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 128GB NVMe SSD, 2.5Gbps networking and TrueNAS SCALE for under $400.

I spent $420 building a 20TB DIY NAS to use as an off-site backup
21 August 2023

I implement an off-site backup using a Mini PC, a 20TB USB HDD, TrueNAS SCALE, Tailscale, and some space at Pat's house.

DIY NAS: 2023 Edition
15 March 2023

A suprisingly affordable DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS SCALE, an Intel Celeron N5105 CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 2x 250GB NVMe SSDs, and room for 7 hard drives (5x 3.5-inch and 2x 2.5 inch).

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2022 ... sort of?
30 October 2022

A very similar economical DIY NAS build as last year, featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M motherboard, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Antec VSK3000 Elite case.

A few weeks with TrueNAS SCALE
28 January 2022

I jumped on the TrueNAS SCALE bandwagon with one of its first beta releases. As I used TrueNAS SCALE on my NAS at home, I shared my experience as an early adopter.

DIY NAS: 2022 Edition
23 November 2021

I rebuilt my on DIY NAS in an awesome 3D-printed case (the MK735) featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Supermicro X11SDV-4C-TLN2 motherboard, an Intel Xeon D-2123IT CPU, 64GB ECC DDR4 RAM, a pair of Crucial MX500 1TB SSDs, and more!

Self-Hosting my own Cloud Storage: TrueNAS CORE (fka FreeNAS), Nextcloud, and Tailscale
23 April 2021

My discovery of Tailscale inspired me to finally self-host my own cloud storage using NextCloud.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2020
08 December 2020

An economical DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS CORE, a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M motherboard, an AMD Athlon 3000G CPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and the Fractal NODE 804 case for $660

DIY NAS: 2020 Edition
25 November 2020

Brian's first AMD DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS CORE, an ASRock X570M Pro4, an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, 32GB DDR4 ECC RAM, and the SilverStone CS381B case.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2019
26 November 2019

A budget-friendly DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an Asus Brime B450M-A/CSM motherboard, a Ryzen 3 2200G CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Antec NSK4100 case for about $350

Printing and Assembling the MK735, a 3D-Printed DIY NAS Case
12 June 2019

As promised, I printed and assembled the MK735 DIY NAS Case for my own use. I share my thoughts on the entire process.

The Future of my DIY NAS Builds
19 May 2019

I share a bit about how I will be blogging about DIY NAS builds in the future.

What about a 3D-Printed Mini-ITX NAS Case?
20 March 2019

My review of the MK735, a 3D-printed DIY NAS case which is hands-down the most impressive NAS case or 3D-printed item I've come across!

DIY NAS: 2019 Edition
03 March 2019

A DIY NAS featuring the SuperMicro A2SDI-4C-HLN4f motherboard, a Intel Atom C3558 CPU, 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 8x2.5" 2TB HDDs, and the SilverStone Technology CS280B case.

DIY NAS: 2019 Edition's BIOS Configuration, FreeNAS Installation, and Initial FreeNAS Configuration
03 March 2019

How I configured the BIOS, installed FreeNAS, and set FreeNAS up for the DIY NAS: 2019 Edition.

Backing up my FreeNAS to Backblaze B2
27 August 2018

How I created Cloud Sync tasks to backup my most important data to Backblaze B2 storage.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2017
06 December 2017

An economical DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock B150M-DVS motherboard, an Intel Pentium G4400 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a Logisys CS305BK case, and 15TB of storage.

Creating a Cooling Duct for the SilverStone DS380B
17 April 2017

After I noticed the HDDs getting really hot in the SilverStone DS380B, I 3D-designed and 3D-printed a cooling duct.

DIY NAS: 2017 Edition
15 March 2017

A small form-factor DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, a Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F-O motherboard, Intel Xeon D-1541 CPU, 64GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 2x 10GbE, SilverStone DS380B case, and 40TB of total storage.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2016
21 September 2016

An economical DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASUS B150M-K D3 motherboard, Intel Celeron G3920 GPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and 12TB of storage (6 x 2TB) for just under $700.

My 2016 DIY NAS Upgrade
13 May 2016

I got a little bit jealous building the DIY NAS: 2016 Edition, so I used it as inspiration to upgrade my own DIY NAS.

DIY NAS: 2016 Edition
03 February 2016

A DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock C2750D4I motherboard, an Intel Avoton C2750 CPU, 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM, a UNAS NSC-800 case, and 28TB of storage.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2015
28 May 2015

A budget-friendly DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, am Intel Pentium G3220, 8GB of DDR3, a NZXT Source 220 case, and 10 TB of storage capacity.

DIY NAS Software Roundup
17 April 2015
DIY NAS Roundup Poll
13 February 2015
DIY NAS: 2015 Edition
04 January 2015

A DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, 8 hard drive bays, an Intel Avoton C2550 CPU, 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 24TB of total storage.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2014
05 June 2014

An economical DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, a Biostar NM70I-1037U motherboard, an Intel Celeron 1037U CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a NZXT Source 210 case, and four 2TB hard drives.

DIY NAS: 2014 Edition
15 January 2014

A small form factor (MiniITX) DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASUS H87I-PLUS motherboard, an Intel Pentium G3220 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a Lian-Li PC-Q25 Case

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2013
05 October 2013

An economical DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard, an AMD Sempron 145 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and the NZXT Source 210 case.

DIY NAS: 2013 Edition
18 January 2013

A MiniITX DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock E35LM1 motherboard (w/ AMD E-240 APU), 8GB DDR3 RAM, and COOLER MASTER Elite 120 case.