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Hardware Recommendations Guide

Hardware Recommendations Guide Rev 1e) 2017-05-06

This is the latest edition of the FreeNAS Community hardware recommendations guide.

The current major version is R1, dated October 2016, with the last minor update on 2018-04-07.

The format has moved away from the forum post form factor, to keep things manageable and to take advantage of the newly-working Resources section.

To download the document in PDF format, please use the orange button.

Please discuss this document in the forum thread listed below. Suggestions, fixes and any other recommendations should also be posted there. Updates will be kept track of using the Resources section's functionality, in addition to the forum discussion thread.

Previous editions:
2014/2015 by cyberjock:

2013 by jgreco:
First release
Last update
5.00 star(s) 25 ratings

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Latest updates

  1. Minor update

    This isn't actually an update. I got fed up of people saying "oh, this page is so old, are there...
  2. Revision 1 e) (minor update)

    Revision 1 e) is a very small update. Only the introduction has seen any changes, to reflect...
  3. Revision 1 d) (fixed)

    Due to forum issues, the original upload of Revision 1d) was borked. This update is intended to...
  4. Revision 1 d)

    Revision 1 d) is a minor update to the Hardware Recommendations Guide and contains the following...
  5. Revision 1c) has been released

    This is a small update to the guide. Major changes include: Added networking hardware section...

Latest reviews

Great document! It defenitely clears the main doubts about RAM.
Great article, should be required reading for all new members of the site.It will either be a confirmation for an experienced user or gratefully accepted information fire hose for us newbies.
da best
First stop to any person coming to the forum and planning to build a solid and reliable NAS.
It took me a while to fully appreciate what this guide has to offer. Fantastic resource and kept up to date, even if you don't realize it at first. I would consider this the guide for hardware.
Well written guide with a lot of solid pointers.
Great simple guide. Only fools ignore it.
Must read!
Used this guide as the bible to my FreeNAS build. Helped me pick out my HBA based on whats tried and proven.