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April 29, 2011 3:08:26 AM

I have been looking at some 6 drive NAS boxes to no luck, and got an idea to build something like this. I am a photographer with 8-12tb of storage needs right now and I pieced together this system. What do you guys think? I already have the hard drives needed for this (4x 2tb WD Green and 2x 1.5tb WD green)

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Vantec UGT-ST310R 6-PORT SATA II 150 PCI Host Card W/RAID Retail $25.38
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April 29, 2011 5:03:58 AM

oops, just realized that the ram is wrong! I was searching the low profile ram and didn't catch that it was a single stick!

suppose to be 2x2gb. nothing to see here!
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April 29, 2011 4:26:07 PM

If you're planning on using that SATA card, it looks like the reviews state you are only getting 4 ports active and the other 2 must be for eSATA.

Also, can you not use the onboard SATA ports...are you planning on setting up RAID - is that why you wanted the card?

The rest looks good.
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April 29, 2011 4:38:08 PM

Really? All I am looking is to add more SATA ports as I will have 6-7 drives hooked up and only 4 ports on the motherboard. Don't need the eSata however need the onboard!
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April 29, 2011 8:32:40 PM

Totally understand...didn't want you to get it and be disappointed.
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April 29, 2011 11:54:13 PM

Thanks though, yeah I need 6 ports for storage drives. 2x on the mobo and 4x on this card for 3GB/s and those 2 spare 6GB/s will be used for 1 or 2 SSDs. Don't need the eSata and will just use the ones on the mobo! Everything else look okay?
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May 1, 2011 11:51:25 AM

What are you planning to use for an operating system?
(Linux/FreeNAS? Windows Home Server? Other?)
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May 10, 2011 10:58:28 PM

If you're planning on using FreeNAS, look for a different board. The RTL8111E NIC isn't supported OOB with FreeNAS, and I've had a hellova time trying to get it to work. Seriously, save yourself the trouble.
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May 11, 2011 2:37:31 PM

I've seen issues with the RealTek NICs too...picked up an Intel NIC for $20 or so just in case. That obviously won't help too much if you are using the PCIE slot for a RAID card.
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June 28, 2011 10:08:50 AM

Having just learned a school-of-hard-knocks lesson (due to "I didn't know what I didn't know"), be careful about your choice of file systems..... Windows 7 doesn't support partitions larger than 2TB unless you go to a GPT file system, and you can't boot from that without a UEFI (i.e., can't boot from a regular BIOS). If you are planning to split things up, not a problem, but if you were planning on booting from the RAID so that your OS was covered, you need to factor that in.
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July 5, 2011 9:57:20 AM

How did this work out?

If you haven't built it yet, you might want to look a =slightly= larger MB that would give you a second PCI-E slot for a SATA card (straight PCI is going to limit your throughput more than you might like).

For only a few dollars more, you might consider something along the lines of
ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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