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Old 15-06-2013, 10:44 PM   #16
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would a nas or a htpc serve better?
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Old 16-06-2013, 02:55 AM   #17
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Old 17-06-2013, 01:16 AM   #19
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ECC rams are typically used on critical servers that operate 24x7 and can withstand 0 downtime.
For home use, I have yet to reach that stage whereby I need those data all day long.
At the moment, I yet to consider ECC but I will if needs arise.
I had data integrity in mind more (flipped bit errors), since you selected ZFS. There are many lengthy discussions online, an example: Data integrity: the risks of not using ECC with ZFS (a study) - [H]ard|Forum
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Old 17-06-2013, 02:26 AM   #20
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1. What OS did you install Snapraid on?
Ans: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essential

2. What are the efforts to maintain? I'm interested to know more.
Ans: After copying the files to the shared (pooled) drive, I will turn off the file balancing option, shutdown drive bender, then run the snapraid sync to update the parity and q-parity files. As I mostly copy files infrequently and usually around 200Gb to 300Gb at a go, it is not a real big effort. BTW, I am using IBM M1015 raid card to provide 8 more SATA 3 ports.
It struck me that SnapRAID is a RAID file system without OS. Now, these type of RAID file system would come in very nicely if I want to explore beyond those 3 NAS OS which I will test.



I had data integrity in mind more (flipped bit errors), since you selected ZFS. There are many lengthy discussions online, an example: Data integrity: the risks of not using ECC with ZFS (a study) - [H]ard|Forum
Thanks for sharing this vital piece of information about ZFS. I concur that having ECC in ZFS setup will further enhance data integrity. This is inline with implementing ZFS which main focus is data integrity and definitely worth it for a few tens more.
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Old 18-06-2013, 12:30 AM   #21
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2.1.1 NAS Assembly Part 1 is out.


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Old 18-06-2013, 03:05 AM   #22
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First draft of testing methods are out.
To be revised if necessary.

BYON - Test-methods-and-Setup
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Old 18-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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actually i am now using dns320 with fun plug.
serve me well as it can download torrent (tranmission) and serve movies via dlna (twonky).

however, it does not support plex and i am looking at my next nas which can support torrent download and plex.

thinking of buying off the shelf or just buy a second hand mac mini. any thoughts?

synology is out as it does not support plex with transcoding or something like that.
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Old 18-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #24
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actually i am now using dns320 with fun plug.
serve me well as it can download torrent (tranmission) and serve movies via dlna (twonky).

however, it does not support plex and i am looking at my next nas which can support torrent download and plex.

thinking of buying off the shelf or just buy a second hand mac mini. any thoughts?

synology is out as it does not support plex with transcoding or something like that.
Seems like you are integrating HTPC function and NAS together? Few options I can think of:

1. Locate an OS (preferably) lightweight that support Plex. To add NAS functionality, run RAID file system on top of OS.

2. Two VMs on a powerful system, each VM serve a purpose.

3. Do not integrate; retain your existing NAS and build another HTPC to support Plex.
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Old 19-06-2013, 05:13 PM   #25
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Any thoughts on the enclosure?
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I'm using a n40 microserver with unraid.

For playing media, I use a jail broken Apple TV with xbmc installed.
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built mine a year ago. running on Ubuntu LTS with newer kernel (default LTS kernel had small issue with the sata6 card). Running software RAID 6, ext4; primarily running with NFS/FTP/torrent/irc.

was srsly considering running FreeNAS.

NAS solutions for >4 drives are too expensive.

Case: Lian Li PC-Q25

PSU: Silverstone 400W

Processor: Intel Core i3 3220
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I (it's mini-ITX)
RAM: 2x 2GB DDR3
HDD: 7x3TB 2.5" Toshiba (7200rpm)
HDD: 750GB 2.5" WD Black (7200rpm)
PCIe card: MSI Star SATA6 Expansion card (Marvell SE9128)
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:41 AM   #28
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Updated 3.1 Testing methods


This is Draft V0.2
Change Revision
- Updates in red & bold.
- Added performance test for RAID 1.
- For performance test 3 - 6: CIFS / CrystalDiskMark, NAS Performance Tester, run tests twice to ensure consistency.
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:48 AM   #29
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I'm using a n40 microserver with unraid.
Would you like to share your experience on using unRAID?


built mine a year ago. running on Ubuntu LTS with newer kernel (default LTS kernel had small issue with the sata6 card). Running software RAID 6, ext4; primarily running with NFS/FTP/torrent/irc.

was srsly considering running FreeNAS.

NAS solutions for >4 drives are too expensive.

Case: Lian Li PC-Q25

PSU: Silverstone 400W

Processor: Intel Core i3 3220
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I (it's mini-ITX)
RAM: 2x 2GB DDR3
HDD: 7x3TB 2.5" Toshiba (7200rpm)
HDD: 750GB 2.5" WD Black (7200rpm)
PCIe card: MSI Star SATA6 Expansion card (Marvell SE9128)
The advantage of running a normal operating system with RAID grants you the freedom to explore more features like using it as a normal desktop, watching / streaming movies, etc.

If you run FreeNAS, some of your frequently used features might no longer be available. Also, your built tend to lean more towards a normal desktop, way too powerful for a NAS i felt. It's hard to strike a balance.
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Old 21-06-2013, 10:39 PM   #30
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built mine a year ago. running on Ubuntu LTS with newer kernel (default LTS kernel had small issue with the sata6 card). Running software RAID 6, ext4; primarily running with NFS/FTP/torrent/irc.

was srsly considering running FreeNAS.

NAS solutions for >4 drives are too expensive.

Case: Lian Li PC-Q25

PSU: Silverstone 400W

Processor: Intel Core i3 3220
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I (it's mini-ITX)
RAM: 2x 2GB DDR3
HDD: 7x3TB 2.5" Toshiba (7200rpm)
HDD: 750GB 2.5" WD Black (7200rpm)
PCIe card: MSI Star SATA6 Expansion card (Marvell SE9128)
You could drop the i3, and go for Celeron instead when you built it though.
Cause you ain't gonna need that much Processing power if the system is just a NAS solution.
Your build is quite power packed for a DIY NAS solution.

I'm on AMD APU build for a HTPC cum File storage setup.
It's not on 24/7 as I'm the only 1 in the family using it,
it's quite affordable compared to your setup.
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