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Will there be a hardware recommendations section? I know I could use one. Trying to decide what hardware to go with. (Note: that 1155 chipset guide is actually quite helpful.) I am considering building something along the lines of 51 TB Unraid server. Though I am looking at just building the bare bones for now, and buying a 3-5 drives to start once prices come down to reasonable levels. Then having tons of room for future growth, as/if I need more storage. Sadly, the link was build a while back, and the card(s) used are PCI-X133MHz, not pci-e.

I did find this interesting blog about 2-32 sata port builds, which hasn't been updated in about 6 months. Though from what I gather, the PERC5/i or PERC6/i are cheaper (see some of the last comments in the prior link). The above are also mentioned here on OCN. Hmm I will have to look at the PERC6/i more closely, the e-bay add I just looked at says the arrays can support up to 32 drives (not sure if they meant on 1 card or not). If so, holy crap. drool.gif I have a feeling that's too good to be true though.

I'm really wondering mostly what cases or drive cages would be good. I wish there was a Tom's Hardware style build your own NAS box challenge I could read.
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Will there be a hardware recommendations section? I know I could use one. Trying to decide what hardware to go with. (Note: that 1155 chipset guide is actually quite helpful.) I am considering building something along the lines of 51 TB Unraid server. Though I am looking at just building the bare bones for now, and buying a 3-5 drives to start once prices come down to reasonable levels. Then having tons of room for future growth, as/if I need more storage. Sadly, the link was build a while back, and the card(s) used are PCI-X133MHz, not pci-e.

I did find this interesting blog about 2-32 sata port builds, which hasn't been updated in about 6 months. Though from what I gather, the PERC5/i or PERC6/i are cheaper (see some of the last comments in the prior link). The above are also mentioned here on OCN. Hmm I will have to look at the PERC6/i more closely, the e-bay add I just looked at says the arrays can support up to 32 drives (not sure if they meant on 1 card or not). If so, holy crap. drool.gif I have a feeling that's too good to be true though.

I'm really wondering mostly what cases or drive cages would be good. I wish there was a Tom's Hardware style build your own NAS box challenge I could read.

yea 1 card for 32 drives lol. You just need SAS expanders. I am really torn as to get the PERC 6/i or something else myself for a large RAID 6 array and a few smaller ones in Windows Server 2008 R2.

On ebay you can find them for ~$100-$150 with the battery, I just searched.
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Will there be a hardware recommendations section? I know I could use one. Trying to decide what hardware to go with. (Note: that 1155 chipset guide is actually quite helpful.) I am considering building something along the lines of 51 TB Unraid server. Though I am looking at just building the bare bones for now, and buying a 3-5 drives to start once prices come down to reasonable levels. Then having tons of room for future growth, as/if I need more storage. Sadly, the link was build a while back, and the card(s) used are PCI-X133MHz, not pci-e.
I did find this interesting blog about 2-32 sata port builds, which hasn't been updated in about 6 months. Though from what I gather, the PERC5/i or PERC6/i are cheaper (see some of the last comments in the prior link). The above are also mentioned here on OCN. Hmm I will have to look at the PERC6/i more closely, the e-bay add I just looked at says the arrays can support up to 32 drives (not sure if they meant on 1 card or not). If so, holy crap. drool.gif I have a feeling that's too good to be true though.
I'm really wondering mostly what cases or drive cages would be good. I wish there was a Tom's Hardware style build your own NAS box challenge I could read.

yep, there will be a hardware recommendations section for building your own unRAID server as well as a part for building your NAS will be completed with some possible builds...

we can add something on large building large 30+ drive arrays/ systems or even multiple 10 drive systems interconnected.. maybe i will do that in an enterprise level section i could make for this.. i will post back once i finish it off this week.. but yeah as Sean said that would be some card if it has 30+ sata ports for example biggrin.gif and ebay can be your friend in finding high end cards at reasonable prices, Adaptec cards are good too and some VMware solution engineers recomended them to me last week smile.gif
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Can I order 2 SFF-8484 cables for the PERC 6i for now, and later get a SAS expander? would I have to redo the entire array? (I'm planning on using software raid, not hardware, if that makes a difference.)

I ordered the PERC 6i yesterday since they were relatively cheap and came with the BBU & cable. biggrin.gif
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Can I order 2 SFF-8484 cables for the PERC 6i for now, and later get a SAS expander? would I have to redo the entire array? (I'm planning on using software raid, not hardware, if that makes a difference.)
I ordered the PERC 6i yesterday since they were relatively cheap and came with the BBU & cable. biggrin.gif

im pretty sure the cables will be ok, as to when you get an SAS expander, im not 100% sure if while you are powered down and do the swap that you will have to rebuild the array, my gut thinks so lol..
why are you planning on using software RAID when you have a PERC Controller? smile.gif
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Mostly the opening of the Zorinaq blog article. I like the flexibility in terms of hardware as well as the recover-ability in case of hard ware failure (card / mobo). Initially, I'd have said cost as well, but all the PCI-e cards that can hold 8 drives were all $100-250. So price of the card is a non-issue. I'm not necessarily set on software raid, but I planned to use FreeNAS / ZFS or unRaid anyways.

I got the card and 2 cables in over this weekend. I ended up getting the NSI LK-13551 from amazon since getting decent shipping times from the other site was ridiculous ($50-75 for UPS 3-5 day or something like that). I went for those specifically because they were black, locking, and looked really nice. They appear to be the correct cables as well.

I've read about people buying the PCI-e mounting brackets for their cards. Is this specifically for those that came with no tray and no PCI-e mounting bracket? Or is the tray only compatible with Power Edge servers? (I have no experience with Dell server builds.) It looks like you could just slide it into any PCI-e slot too me. If it is required, my google fu has found an interesting post on the Dell forums . Mouser seems to have blank PCI-e brackets that fit the PERC6 i/r, and might fit the standard PERC 6i as well. Figured I'd toss that out there since e-bay is asking $20 for mounting brackets, while Mouser has them for $2.33. Though it has not been verified to work specifically for the PERC 6i.
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Video series added - Please post your own FreeNAS, unRAID NAS or premade NAS in this thread

Mine is Synology and can be viewed in my Sig

Benched with CDM and two spare 500GB WD cavier black HDDs in RAID 1 set up as Sig Rig ->router->NAS

50MB Test Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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1000MB Test Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Uses

Was used with expansion box for storage and back up, at the moment the 2 bay part is being used as a datastore in my VMware Lab...
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Nice additions to the thread(videos). thumb.gif When I get more time I post my FreeNas setup.
 
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Just wanted to post an update on the Mouser PCI-e mounting brackets posted above. I have confirmed they work fine, but are 4-40 screw holes -- so make sure you have the correct screws.
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Any thoughts on power supplies? If you intend to eventually have a lot of hard drives (10-32)? My concern being running out of SATA power cables -- or power spikes during drive spin up. I believe the 51TB thread had a 750-850W PSU and performed quite well during boot.

I haven't really decided on a case yet; I think I will be making my own. Might pickup a Lian Li T60 for testing all the parts, and use the mobo tray as as a template to build one for a custom case.
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