Unraid on Terramaster bargain NAS F4-220 chassis

Ali3nmoon

Member
Im in the market for a new nas...what would you recommend the quad core or dual core? Will be uhd films and music.
Both TerraMaster Units I own both play 4K UHD x264 + x265, the x265 is far better.
I've only just bought the Quad Core and not experimented much with it, so I can't comment on the performance of the Quad processor over time, I've only installed TOS to see if the unit worked OK, but I left it at that and decided to try installing FreeNAS.
 

Ali3nmoon

Member
These seem a lot cheaper than a qnap or synology?
Hence why I bought this brand,... though I have to admit, I was extremely lucky, I managed to buy the F5-422 for only £200 on eBay, New!

Though the TOS software is clunky and laggy sometimes, this is why I'm looking to install FreeNAS on them both.
 

Smurfin

Distinguished Member
Been looking to build an Unraid box for a while, just didn't want to give up the cupboard space to a whole PC. Not a fan of RAID5 on tiny little NAS boxes, so Unraid seems like a great idea in terms of disaster recovery.

Anyway, just picked up one of these 4 bay chassis from Amazon for £230 (actually £224 to me as it coincided with a giftcard topup bonus offer). I had an eye on this unit as I see there have been several folk who have installed other OS's on it (it even has an internal VGA header in case you can't work headless!)
This guy installed Windows Server 2016 on his (yuk!)

But I fancied Unraid, so bought it on a flyer (Amazon return policy helps!). Already have 4x 8TB WD drives that I'd bought when on offer at Amazon as external USB drives, and shucked.

The 4 bay unit is particularly interesting as there is actually a 5th internal SATA connector on the backplane (just no tray supplied / front panel blanked off) - I intend to stick a SATA SSD in it for use as a cache volume. The 5 bay chassis is almost 50% more cost...!

Anyway, got Unraid running on it in about 15 minutes. Just had to build the USB stick using the Unraid installer (I used a new 16GB stick I had - kept the original stick in case of return...) and renamed the "EFI-" folder to "EFI" on the drive to allow the Terramaster to boot - didn't even need the VGA cable as it immediately sprung into life and became visible on the network.

Out of the box the fan control was annoying (ramping up and down rapidly) but installing the Dynamix Auto Fan control and Dynamix System Temperature plugins, with a little bit of command line setup to detect the fan controller (using command sensors-detect over SSH terminal and follow the prompts) and I have fan control working based on drive temperatures.

So far the only the only other annoyance I can see is that the drive activity and network LEDs on the front panel don't seem functional. Will have to see if I can work out how they function.

I'm an Unraid virgin but so far the procedure seems painless (currently building the parity). Be interested to know if anyone else has built one of these or similar? Experiences?

£224 plus license for a 4 (or perhaps 5) bay Unraid box seems awesome though... :)
Old thread I know but trying to get auto fan control working - what settings did you have fan control set to in the BIOS?

There's "Full on", "Automatic" or "PWM Manual"
 

jfinnie

Distinguished Member
Old thread I know but trying to get auto fan control working - what settings did you have fan control set to in the BIOS?

There's "Full on", "Automatic" or "PWM Manual"
I left it as default, whatever that is, I never got hold of the VGA cable. I was able to make fan control work from within Unraid.

My Dynamix auto fan control settings look like this:

Screenshot 2021-07-22 at 16.29.41.png
 

Smurfin

Distinguished Member
hmm my fan control function is disabled and there are no PWM controller options....it's not detecting anything. I've run sensors-detect from the console too, and have the plugins installed...
 

muzo178

Novice Member
Old thread I know but trying to get auto fan control working - what settings did you have fan control set to in the BIOS?

There's "Full on", "Automatic" or "PWM Manual"
I have the F5-221 and fans are in PWM Mode in the BIOS.

 

Smurfin

Distinguished Member
I have the F5-221 and fans are in PWM Mode in the BIOS.

With unraid?
 

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