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Hey server experts!

I'm looking to build my first file sharing server, as I have a bunch of computer parts left over from previous builds and I want to put them to good use. I was looking at a mobo that another OCN'er is selling, and was wondering what you guys think of it (http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...ga-1155-a.html). I'd get a Sandy Bridge Celeron or Pentium to go with it, and I was wondering if you guys think this mobo will be okay to run pretty much 6 days a week for the next year.

If you guys have any other suggestions, I'm all ears! Thanks!
 
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No.

That MoBo has no RAID support. If you're serious about a dedicated file server, you'll want a motherboard with 4+ SATA ports and RAID5 support (or buy a dedicated RAID card). Get a small drive as the OS drive, then get 3 1TB or 2TB drives and set them into a RAID5 so they are distributed redundancy in case a hard drive fails. If this is too much, get a pair of 3TB drives and RAID1 them (won't be as fast, but will still be protected from failure) instead of the three 1-2TB drives.
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^This would just be a small server for my house. I was thinking that since I had a bunch of rips, and a 1 TB laying around doing nothing, I'd just build this. It'll only be for 8 people (max), so do I really need to worry about getting multiple HDDs in case of failures?

I'm thinking I didn't explain myself very well mostly due to my lack of server experience. What I wanted was for my roommates to be able to stream from my server, as well as transfer rips to/from my server to their laptops/computers if they wanted to. Knowing this, would you still suggest RAID?
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For large-file storage, I (along with most people who deal with this) will always recommend a RAID, even the most basic RAID.

Using an integrated RAID card is a cheap way to improve reliability for data storage. But it's best to not run your OS off a RAID5 if you don't have a dedicated RAID card (which are 500+ for a good one).

My personal example (very similar to yours): I had a 750GB hard drive of TV shows (rips using a TV tuner card, downloads, rips from DVDs I owned) and a 500GB drive of movies I ripped from my DVD collection. ~800GB between the two drives. This was shared on my network for streaming to ~5 people max. My 750GB drive failed and took everything with it. I got the drive replaced for free, but I'm still missing a ton of stuff that I can't download, that there are no re-runs of, that I doubt I'll be able to get back. Since that failure I got three 1TB drives in a RAID5 in my sigrig, running the exact same function as my old drives were (and that you are describing now) and in the last year and a half, I already had another drive fail on me, but since it was redundant I didn't lose anything.

If you go the RAID5 route, you'd be best to get 2 more 1TB drives (which will give 2TB total storage), and a cheapo drive for the software only (OS, possibly a torrent, or file-serving client). With the RAID1 route, you'd need only one more 1TB drive (which can be had cheaply) and you'd have 1TB of storage, and you could load the OS onto the RAID array. The biggest thing is this is slower than a RAID5 both in that the OS is running off your file drives, and RAID1 is slower than just a single hard drive.

On the other hand. If people are going to keep a local copy on their machine (which most people won't) then redundancy on the server won't matter.

It's all about what the data is worth to you, to not lose it.
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Do you know of any good 1155 mATX motherboards that will do what you recommend? I'm hoping this is something I'll be able to do in a SFF build, so I'm hoping to stick with mATX.

Also, do you guys think the Sandy Bridge Celeron will be good enough for what I need?
 
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If you go with a *nix OS you can setup high performance software raid such as md or ZFS. No need for a raid controller which also means if your board dies you just replace it with anything you want and your raid will still work. You can also run your OS off of a USB stick saving you one SATA port.

I'm using this for my file server:
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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any mATX board running the P55 chipset (only retail board I know of right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188064) will have on-board RAID0/1/5 support so you can run either configuration I mentioned before. And running Linux off a flash drive might be a good option for a file server to make it more network-share friendly and to keep the overhead down on it for improved performance.

Yes that CPU will work. I've seen respectable file servers running off of dual-core Atom CPUs with good throughput.
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Alrighty , thank you BOTH for your help.
 
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