“I’ve been using ZFS for years in production and I’m ecstatic to have a low power unit for my home office.”

Will McDoe – (excerpt from Amazon Review)

  • Power Efficient Eight-Core 2.4GHz CPU, drawing only 17 Watts
  • Hardware-accelerated ZFS disk encryption
  • 16GB of ECC memory = max performance and data protection (upgradeable to 32GB)
  • Hot swap functionality with tool-less, front loading drive bays
  • Capable of Saturating Dual Intel Gigabit LAN Ports
  • Dedicated Remote Hardware Management Port (IPMI) or option to share through on-board LAN
  • Latest FreeNAS version installed and configured on dedicated, internal flash device
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports (2 front, 1 rear), 1 x Serial Port (DB9), 1 x VGA
  • Optional internal Read and/or Write flash caches available upon request
  • Physical security: locking front bezel, latchable drive trays, and chassis lock eyelet (for cable or pad lock)

Model FreeNAS® Mini
Case 4-Bay Enclosure w/ Locking Front Bezel – Super Quiet Design (
Maximum Capacity Up to 24TB depending on RAID layout.
Memory 16GB DDR3 with ECC standard, 32GB upgrade optional
RAID Level RAID-Z (RAID 5), ZFS Mirror (RAID 10), ZFS Stripe
Network 2 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
Dedicated RJ-45 IPMI Port (Remote Hardware Management)
Hard Drive Trays 4 x SATA 3.5” Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
2 x SATA 2.5″ Internal Drive Bays (high performance cache drives available)
Power Supply 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption Without Drives: 24W idle
With 4 x WD Red NAS Drives: 37W idle; 47W @ max load
User Control Interface Web Browser and Remote Hardware Management
Dimension (in.) 9.45″ W x 8.27 ” D x 9.45″ H (240 x 210 x 240mm)
Weight (lb) 10.8lb (without drives)
Certifications CE, FCC, UL, RoHS
Burn-In Standard iXsystems Server Burn-In
Limited Warranty 1 Year Hardware
Package Contents FreeNAS Mini (1)
Power Cord (1)
Quick Start Guide (1)
Case Door Key (2)
Removable Disk Tray (4)
Goodies! (?)
The FreeNAS® Mini is available in these models:

  • Diskless: $995.00
  • 4TB: $1,325.00
  • 8TB: $1,495.00
  • 12TB: $1,625.00
  • 16TB: $1,895.00
  • 24TB: $2,395.00

The following upgrades are available to the base system:

  • Memory upgrade – $ 225 – additional 2x8GB ECC 1600mhz memory (32GB system total)
  • L2ARC (Read Cache) – $145 – 2.5″ 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
  • ZIL (Write Cache) – $115 – 2.5″ 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

We use WD RED Drives for a reason!

The secret is the next-generation technology

WD’s next generation NASware 2.0 technology improves NAS storage performance by reducing common hard drive concerns in NAS systems. This includes concerns for things like compatibility, integration, upgrade ability, reliability and cost of ownership that are experienced with a hard drive designed for desktop computers.

3D Active Balance Plus

Our enhanced dual-plane balance control technology significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability. Hard drives that are not properly balanced may cause excessive vibration and noise in a multi-drive system, reduce the hard drive life span, and degrade the performance over time.

Enhanced reliability

Since your NAS system is always on, a highly reliable drive is essential. With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard desktop drives, the WD Red drive with NASware 2.0 is designed and manufactured to be a more reliable and robust solution.

Lower operating temperatures

Reduce your electricity bill and carbon footprint with WD Red drives. Innovative technology reduces power consumption and lowers the operating temperature, resulting in a more reliable and affordable solution for always on 24×7 NAS environments.

The FreeNAS Mini appliance is designed to work with all planned future versions of the FreeNAS software. As you update your FreeNAS Mini, the documentation you’ve relied on will become outdated. The most recent complete copy of the FreeNAS software documentation may always be found at docs.freenas.org. You may also download the most recent copy of the FreeNAS Mini Quick Start guide to the right..