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Originally Posted by SchizoFrogIf the OS is a little dodgy, would it be possible to wipe it and install FreeNAS instead?
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogAh, that makes sense. :)
Originally Posted by tonyd223Have to agree with Gareth - that Microserver is a no-brainer, and it's tiny and quiet. It's so small that the missus probably wouldn't notice it. Problem is the cost of the Operating system - perhaps an article on replacements for Windows Home Server?
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogThe MicroServer has intrigued me. Is this the item being discussed?
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogAs some of the specs don't match up as suggested, RAM being upgradeable to 16GB for example (Specs state 8GB max).
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogIf items such as this cost less, perform better and offer more options, all while being roughly the same size, why do people go for dedicated NAS boxes in the first place?
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogGareth, I am also a little confused how 8 drives can be connected (4xHDD and 4xSSD) if there are only 4 ports.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogThe main use I want is to RAID drives, possibly in a 2x2 mirrored stripe array (is that the best for speed and parity?), dumb all my videos, music and general documents and then be able to stream the media from any network connected PC or device in the house.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogThanks for that info Gareth... I edited my comment above to state my idea of requirements although I admit to being new to actually using RAID.
Originally Posted by wuyanxuMy Microserver consumes about 10w idle.
Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeBlimey, how did you get that so low? Mine, measured at the wall, draws 21W idle and 35W under load - and that's after a *lot* of tweaking.
Originally Posted by wuyanxuErm.... that was an estimate based on HDD spinning power usage. I didn't want the microserver to sound THAT bad. about 35w idle with 5 HDD spinning. I estimated 5w for each HDD.
Originally Posted by wuyanxuBut I have measured Synology with HDD off, and it does indeed consume less than 4w, as advertised.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogI seem to be back at square one trying to decide between a NAS box or a Micro Server...
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogI guess I'll have to hit the forums to try to learn more and decide, especially as the HP is listed as over 30cm wide (31.5 x 37.47 x 39.98 cm from HP website) which is huge.
Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeWe're getting increasingly off-topic here (my fault entirely), but I've replied to your edit above. If you've not used RAID and you're not using Btrfs or a similar filesystem with in-built RAID-like functionality, I'd honestly suggest not bothering. Instead, set up a single disk to use as storage and a second disk to use as a backup for the first.
Originally Posted by CthippoYou run into capacity issues pretty quickly though since the largest consumer drives I've seen on the market are only 4 TB.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogSee, this is where these things start to go beyond me. I feel even 4TB drives are restrictive and so RAID would help me there, but I also wanted to have a back-up in case a drive failed on me as I have hundreds of movies and at least 3000 music albums and I have no intention of ever going through them again. I thought that was the point of RAID. To provide increase volumes for storage over a number of disks while providing parity so that if a single drive failed, you could replace said drive, the array would 'heal' and you would carry on as before having not lost any data.
Originally Posted by CombatusThey are more expensive but as has already been mentioned, you'll likely recoup the costs in electricity over a year or two of 24/7 use compared to an x86 system.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogOK, thanks for the story Gareth but the one scenario you didn't seem to cover was that of 2 RAID arrays comprising of 2 disks each in the same system, 1 striped array for a large volume as in general use, the other as a striped array and set up to run as a nightly back up. Is that possible, practical with both NAS boxes or Micro Servers? Bearing in mind that it is mainly for media streaming too.
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