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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Barbarosa, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. Barbarosa

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    I have been looking at how to achieve about 1Tb of storage. The obvious way would be something like a Buffalo Terrastation Then I came across this based on a Mini itx board. Looks really interesting. Cost would be about the same as the TeraStation - ~£650.

    Has anyone seen anything like this anywhere else?

    Paul
     
  2. phunkey_monkeh

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    Im looking for something similar.
    Personally i think its going to be alot cheaper for me to build a mini tower computer with amble hdd bays.
     
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    PCs\servers are all well and good but they use more electricity and generate mor eheat and noise than you'd want from something that just needs to allow file access.

    Netgear have just released this and I am very ineterested....

    http://www.netgear.co.uk/digital_home_sc101.php
     
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    That Netgear only seems to support 2x HDDs. No raid support either.

    :smoke:
     
  5. Mr. Wilby

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    re the netgear. I spotted it a few weeks back and mentioned it on TheDvdForums thread about hard disk and NAS storage.

    The #1 problem with that unit is that it requires custom drivers to be installed on all clients. Perhaps that isn't an issue for you, but its a show stopper for me. Love the form factor though. Two drives is enough for me as if I need more, I'll buy another unit.
     
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    I like the look of that. But imagine the noise!
     
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    I like the bit about starting with a couple of 500Gb HD's and building it up with extra drives as you need them to a total of 12.
     
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    Ive seen these Thecus units sometimes bundled with hard disks at scan, Thecus N4100 NAS Server (SATA). Supports varios raid levels, including 5 and has gigabit connectivity on the lan side.

    I have only used disks PC to PC over 100 ethernet and even when the its using the ethernet at 80% its still significantly slower than either USB2 or firewire400. Be good to find units that can support say firewire400/800 and gigabit lan in use at the same, that way you could have best of both worlds, fast connectivity to a main computer and NAS.


    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=250645
     
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    Lacie make something akin to that. See here

    Unfortunately, its not gigabit.
     
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    There's a thread over on AVS about these.In that thread the manufacturer mentions that they may make their software available seperately for those wishing to build their own.
     
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    That's a lot of data to lose when the drive crashes ;)
     
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    I use a Synology Discstation
    URL=http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=162835]here[/URL], use it to store all my stuff for Meedio, also does SMB so i can stream videos etc from Xbox Media Center.
    RAID is fine but i think the best way not to lose data is to back it all up onto DVD.
     
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    LOL....1Tb on DVD's.....ha ha ha...
     
  16. Barbarosa

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    I priced up the mini-itx system, it works out at just £500 + drives. This was with an 8 ch. RAID card that allowed online expansion - i.e. with 250Gb discs, you could go to 1750 Gb of storage at raid-5.

    512MB Compact Flash £29.57
    256MB PC133 SDRAM £33.35
    Case Morex 668 Venus £59.70
    Mobo VIA EPIA 800 £59.90
    1 Slot PCI Riser Card £11.16
    Compact Flash to IDE Adapter £22.33
    Supermicro 5 Bay SATA Hot Swap Rack £96.34
    Highpoint RR2220 8Ch SATA-II Raid Adaptor £188.13

    Total £500.48

    Might be a fun project ;)

    Paul
     
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    Well you do have to do it as you go.

    RAID 5's not much good to you if someone burgles your house & pinches your server!!
     
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    ....& nick your 250 backup DVDs :eek: .
     
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    dude, my server weighs nearly 45kgs, it ain't going nowhere without a fight!! And it'll soon be loacted in the loft, out of sight.
     
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    Or fire burns your house down ;) 45Kg's landing on your head! Ouch! :hiya:

    But then I think DVD's melt down in nice attractive goo don't they? :rotfl:
     
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    external drives boys..... you know it makes sense.. :D

    300Gb pairs doing incremental backups.... with one of each pair kept in a box at a second location. :smashin:

    fault-tolerance is all well and good, but it's resilience that gets you out of jail.
    RAID5 is great, but you've still got a single point of failure (the controller).

    Actually, I'm working on an automated ADSL backup solution at the moment, looks like Win2003 FRS is the inevitable solution so far... anyone got any better ideas?
     
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    Thought about doing the same thing - but are there any cases that will take a mini-itx motherboard and hold that many drives? Or are mini-itx motherboards compatible with larger cases?
     
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    They are fine with standard cases, if you look at a normal motherboard they are effectively just the corner of the motherboard with the ports / backplate. They use the 4 mounting holes on that corner of the motherboard; the board itself is 17cm square.
     
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    THG have a review of the Thecus here
     
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    The Thecus looks the business, mind it's a nice price!! :eek:
    Do they do a very heavy fireproof version? :D
     
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    The advantage of basing your server on a PC - either recycled or mini itc - is that it can do other things, print srever, file server, bittorrent server...

    Which OS? Pay the £110 tax to Mr. Gates or go to Linux?
     
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    I just sent back a Thecus YES box, got it with 2 x 400GB Maxtor HDDs. It would never build the RAID and format the drives, just start, then go off into limbo. The manual is useless as well.

    A shame really as it would have been nice had it worked. I would suggest waiting till they sort the bugs a bit before getting one of these. I suspect there are HDD compatibility issues as well.
     

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