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Hey guys, I'm spec-ing a cheap storage server with room for upgradibility in the future (hard drive space wise). I'm just looking for some feedback and / or comments on anyone who has worked with any of the listed components.

I am planning on using softraid.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182836
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116946
MEM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233374
HDDs: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236344
Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811219024
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151131

Thanks!
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I've run a few different WD Black and Enterprise drives nearly 24/7 for the last few years. I don't think you'll go wrong with the WD Red drives.

Out of curiosity, are you set on the rack form factor or is that more of a wish list thing?
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I've run a few different WD Black and Enterprise drives nearly 24/7 for the last few years. I don't think you'll go wrong with the WD Red drives.

Out of curiosity, are you set on the rack form factor or is that more of a wish list thing?

Yeah I have 4 2TB Red drives in a clients server that have been running for almost a year straight at this point. That whole machine has, for less than $2000!

It has to go on a rack, it may even end up in a datacentre.
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I'm not at all familiar with Softraid, does that run on top of MAC OS X?

If so, how will you install that on a non MAC custom build server?
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I'm not at all familiar with Softraid, does that run on top of MAC OS X?

If so, how will you install that on a non MAC custom build server?

Sorry? Soft raid? Simply refers to RAID run via the chipset rather than a dedicated raid card.
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Ah , I see. I thought you were talking about THIS

Have you considered used servers from Ebay?

Dell C2100 for around $600 - $800 No drives
HP DL 180 G6 for around $400 - $600 No drives

You'll save on the CPU, mobo, RAM, Chasis,and PSU, Saved money could buy you more drives. Just an alternate option.
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Ah , I see. I thought you were talking about THIS

Have you considered used servers from Ebay?

Dell C2100 for around $600 - $800 No drives
HP DL 180 G6 for around $400 - $600 No drives

You'll save on the CPU, mobo, RAM, Chasis,and PSU, Saved money could buy you more drives. Just an alternate option.

Those are great thanks! Apparently they even ship up here.

We will be installing CentOS.. I believe version 6. Any ideas on Dell's H700 raid card compatibility with CentOS?
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post #8 of 8
Ruckol1,

I'm currently in the planning stage of rebuilding my home storage server. In the past I used mdadm on Linux. I'm in the process of evaluating that versus anything else, just to see if something else could work. I haven't found anything yet. : (

The purpose of the server is just to store data so I'm not terribly concerned about CPU, but I do want memory and storage space.

I recently purchased (4) 3TB WD RED hard drives.

I was considering using Windows, but I don't like any of the software raid options. I'm strongly considering Ubuntu with mdadm, but I will also need to samba. Some of the other computers are windows.

I'm curious to know where your project takes you.

I would also recommend this website for the hardware purchases. It looks to be a nice source. I book marked it a while back and haven't had a need to purchase rack servers since.
http://www.serversdirect.com/servers/rack-servers?PageSize=10&CurrentPage=1&f=

-Patrick
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