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post #11 of 18
Yes you technically have to "rebuild" the data to the new HDD, but adding HDDs while you array is running is called "Online Capacity Expansion. You cannot easily add HDDs to a normal raid 10, however you can add to SHR anytime you feel like it using any size drive.
post #12 of 18
Get a Norco rpc-4020 or 4220 or any cheap case that can hold the drives you want to use and more, more or less any cheap dual- or quad-core cpu (my server is still running an i3-2100 and never breaks a sweat) then however many hardrives you want to start with. I run whs2011 (our house is more or less exclusively windows so whs integrates super nicely and backs up each client every night) with Stablebit Drivepool and PerfectDisk's defragger for whs.

Stablebit Drivepool is a type of software raid. I have used this for over 1.5 years and not had any issues I have added and removed drives several time to enlarge and one time to replace a failed drive and not lost any data. With the Drive pool you can tell it to mirror everything onto a different drive and then you have redundancy. This is easy to use and like I said it integrates super easy with all your windows PC's. I also have apps or programs installed that allow me to push media out to my ipads.

At the present time I am building a new server using windows 2012 essentials. but I have been very pleased with the Windows Home Server 2011 and it is just 59 dollars for this software.

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the reason I have not used one of the free NAS programs is the learning curve not that I mind learning but then I would also have to teach my wife and kids about this. with the WHS I have not had to do this and what I have showed them is easy and like windows anyway. I work in Indonesia for 1 month and then home for 1 month so up time and ease of use is very important to me.

also if you want to serve movies and media you can install My Movies on it and this works awesome to me. it uses windows media player to play movies, music and photos also. you can get more info on this at http://www.mymovies.dk/

Also if you want more information on windows home server go to this site and read or buy one of the books on using it. it tells you how to do pretty much everything you want to do and more in a simple and easy to read and understand format. http://www.wegotserved.com/
Edited by seross69 - 9/25/13 at 3:02pm
post #13 of 18
I personally don't like compound RAID. I think the cheapest and most dependable way to do things would probably be a RAIDZ1 under Freenas, seeing that RAM is generally cheaper than high-performance RAID controllers. With 4 3tb drives you'd get ~9TB raw capacity, and it's much easier to manage since mostly everything is done through the web panel. Plugins make it pretty versatile too.

I'll second the Lian Li PC-Q25 as a small-ish server case though. Backplane hard drive rack and small form factor definitely make it a winner if you are going to lug your stuff around. If its
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post #14 of 18
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So if I use SHR do you need something to put over it like Windows server and with SHR I do not need a RAID controller and do you guys recommend a ssd to put the OS on. and if I got this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112339 what PSU would you all recommend. (needs to power 7 HDD) as thats what the mobo I was looking at maxs out at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157357 . Still open to suggestions for the cases althoug the Norcos mentioned by seross are a little overkill for my starting build but i will keep them in mind.
Edited by aperson123 - 9/29/13 at 2:40pm
post #15 of 18
SHR is part of the Synology DSM Operating System. DSM is a full featured linux operating system like Ubuntu, etc but is customized for NAS Usage. You do not need a RAID Controller. And you do not need a PSU with 7 SATA Power Plugs since the Backplane uses 3 Molex Power Connectors. Choose whatever PSU is Reliable and Modular if you can. You do not really need to spend money on an SSD for the OS. You will not see the benefit. The Limit of your NAS is going to be your network and to a degree the storage drives, not the OS Drive. The builds I listed with Easily push 2Gb/s-4Gb/s with a Dual or Quad Port NIC.
post #16 of 18
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Ok thanks that helps allot.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by kyle5281 View Post

I am gonna give you a couple build options - Both are going to be SFF/Low Noise

Case:
PSU:

Mobo:

CPU:

RAM:

HDD - You want at least a 3yr warranty and high MTBF, so look at the NAS or Enterprise Line.
Total: Around $1000-1300 depending on Intel/AMD and Case

As far as OS Choices I recommend:
  • FreeNas or Alternatives
  • Ubuntu / Debian / CentOS
  • Synology DSM (Xenology)
  • UnRAID
  • Windows Home Server
  • Nexenta

Avoid RAID 5 if you like your Data. Use RAID 10 or Synology Hybrid RAID (Highly recommend if you want to expand/mix and match HDDs)

You want to Look into Plex or XMBC for your Media Needs. You can use roku, wd tv, apple tv, xbox 360, ps3 to stream as long as you convert/transcode the files to supported formats. Plex transcodes on the fly.
Thanks for the recommendations, looking for something like this.
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Thanks for the recommendations, looking for something like this.

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