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Gentlemen, First off, great show. I appreciate the technical discussions you guys have on the air. I'm a Linux guy primarily, but I like to tinker with the BSDs (My love for OpenBSD can't be overstated) which is why I'm a weekly listener. To make a long story short, I'm too cheap to buy a FreeNAS system from iX, but I want to get a real backup solution for my home. You can find inexpensive refurbished servers on eBay, and finding something with 4 to 8 hard drive bays is pretty easy. What should I look for or look to avoid when purchasing a refurb for my backup solution? Obviously I'm going to purchase the hard drives new. If the hardware fails (just hopefully not the drives) and I was happy with FreeNAS, I would definitely look into buying one of the FreeNAS Certified 1U systems from iX. They seem like a really great vendor, but just a little pricey when I'm really just trying to test the waters. Thanks for your help!