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October 14, 2010 7:32:09 AM

Hello,
I do video and audio and need access to lots of large files so have 4 TB in my primary XP box and several ext USBs which is very messy with leads comming out the ying yang!!
I was thinking it might be better if I got another XP box and put 6 drives in it the access them through my Mshome LAN.

Is this a good idea? Any advice please?

Thanks

oz
a b G Storage
October 14, 2010 7:52:52 PM

You *could* build an XP machine for your data storage but sounds like you could make good use of a NAS (network Area Storage) device. There are some very high quality and reasonably priced pre-built devices available. Something like the Synology Disk Station DS410J NAS Device would meet your needs. Please note that most NAS devices do not come with drives and must be purchased separately.

Another option, especially if you have extra or spare parts laying around is to build your own NAS. An excellent NAS operating system is FreeNAS. FreeNAS is very stable and has any and all features you would need for a NAS. Best things about FreeNAS is that it is free to download and use, is open source with an excellent support community, and requires very little hardware to run efficiently and effectively.

As an idea, my FreeNAS box is running a Skt775 single core 1.6GHz Celeron 420, 1GB DDR2-533 (2x512MB DIMMS), on a Supermicro PDSME+ motherboard. I've got 5-640GB drive in a RAID5 on a 3Ware 8506 controller card offering 2.5TB of storage. It's housed in a cheapo Rosewill case and powered by a 450w Corsair PSU. It's like furniture, it just sits there and works.

Friend of mine went the pre-built NAS device (QNap 4-disk bays with iSCSI) for his home run business and it is a very impressive machine. But not having the money upfront, I went with the home built from spare parts route and snagged FreeNAS. He has since tinkered with FreeNAS in a VM and uses it to small extent to give his wife and kids access to music and movie files. After checking out both options, we both agree that whether a pre-built NAS device or a home built NAS, either will serve the purpose and are excellent, reasonably priced solutions. We brag to each other about who has the longest up time with me currently in the lead (over 5 months running stable without issues) because my friend recently had a power outage due to a storm in his area.
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a b G Storage
October 14, 2010 8:00:45 PM

Highpoint makes several PCI-Express RAID controllers
that support one or two mini-SAS multi-lane ports at the rear panel:
e.g. we have been using a RocketRAID 2322 for years:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You'll need to decide what type of external enclosure fits your needs:
the multi-lane cable we have been using terminates at a
multi-lane connector like this one:

http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/1me3insamu4x.html (on the right)


Here's another solution that terminates at 4 x eSATA connectors:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Highpoint have a complete selection of cables here:

http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/product_accessori...

http://www.highpoint-tech.com/PDF/RocketRAID_Cable_Matr...
(scroll down for lots of photos)


Hope this helps.



MRFS
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a b G Storage
October 14, 2010 8:06:42 PM

p.s. If you're building your own enclosure, this is a really good design
that supports 2 x multi-lane Infiniband connectors:

http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/8chdumusaend.html

And, the SATA connectors and cables remain "in-line" too,
which is a better design as compared to requiring the
cables to connect at 90 degrees, like this one:

http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/musaenscopde.html

We've had a lot of fun learning how to connect external enclosures
using our own custom designs.


MRFS


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October 21, 2010 12:03:09 AM

Thank you guys for you time and your help. I really do appreciate it and will read up on your suggestions. Like many, I too don't have excess green hanging around but a few old mobo's and boxes with xp etc.. I do have.

I've always thought there just had to be someone somewhere who has worked out a good way to do this without too much expense and whamo looks like I hit the jackpot.

Once agan many thanks and I hope you don't mind if I get back after the read as I may need some help setting something up..

oz
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October 22, 2010 10:35:33 AM

Well back already after I decided to check out Ebay.

This is what I have come up with and if just by chance some one knows these boxes I would be interested to know the yea and nay of them.

I noticed a lot of Media boxes however I just need the storage not the bells and whistles that come with everything these days.

I am in Oz so limited to where I can buy, if I did go this way..
Thanks

oz

D-Link DNS 343 4-Bay Network Storage Enclosure - NAS Server

Synology CS407 NAS - 4-Bay Gigabit PC/MAC RAID DLNA

Synology CS407e 4 bay SATA NAS RAID HDD enclosure
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