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I am sick of small external HD's that can't fully backup my computer and seem too small for my needs. So I decided to build a 2TB backup/file server so I can access my files all the time, backup my computer (completely), run an FTP server (so I can access my files over the internet), and maybe even have it host my upcoming website.
I wanted all the advantages and possibilities of running my own Server Managed Storage. Like a NAS (Networked Attached Storage), but now it's server controlled so I believe it's actually a SAS (Server Attached Storage)
I looked into buying a self sustaining NAS off of Newegg or smilar, but all of those run their own manufacturer's built-in firmware. So that means it could only store my data, and maybe some of them had FTP services.

This server was built while taking space, noise, and OS features taken into consideration. So it's small (considering a full tower would be needed to fit these hard drives normally but I managed to cram EVERYTHING into a microATX size LanBox case

I'm running two arrays, one for my OS and one for data. I had to combat the 2TB limit restriction for any MBR disk so I had to separate the OS and Data (for the better):
2 - 80GB WD HD's RAID 1 (for OS only)
4 - 750GB Hitachi HD's RAID 5 (for Data only)

Contains the following components:
Mobo - ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX
RAM - Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Case - Thermaltake LANBOX microATX
PS - RAIDMAX Hybrid 2 RX-530SS 530W
CPU - Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
















It's very crowded in there!




Having 6 Hard Drives adds to the weight of this beast!










Operating System Pics - Running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x32 (but will go to x64 once I get my hands on a good .ISO image)







I even managed to 'test' both array's for failure. I completely unplugged one of the RAID 1 array HDs and booted it up. It booted without a hickup but it noticed that it was missing that HD within Intel's Matrix Storage Manager. I also took out a HD from the RAID 5 array and formatted it and rebooted the server. Fired up again without a glitch and my data was still there. Only downside to a RAID 5 though is the rebuild time. ETA to rebuild my 2TB array was ~20hrs. But remember you can still access your data while it's rebuilding, so you can just let that run in the background and forget about it.


Any suggestions, comments or questions please post....
Steve
post #2 of 25
does the bios rebuild the data automatically or is that a windows function? RAID5 is very interesting

very nice build, so how fast is accessing your files over your network?
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very nice build my sever is a p2 400
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wow that is a NICE server.....hows windows server 2008??
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post #5 of 25
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In response to Dr4gon,

Yes, when a HD fails I can rebuild it before I load the OS by using Intel's Matrix Storage Utility. I just push CTRL + I after the post and it will show me both my arrays and in what condition (degraded, failed, or healthy). If an array needs rebuilding it will ask me right away if I want to rebuild it or not within the utility. Or if I can boot up to the OS their is a windows utility that will give me all the info for all my arrays and I can also rebuild them within Intel's program.
Yes, I believe RAID 5 is one of the better RAID array's because: it will still function flawlessly if 1 HD fails, you still gain a performance boost (look up reports on arrays on TomsHardware.com), and you only loose the capacity of one HD. So you are really getting the best of both worlds (RAID 0 and 1) without loosing too much HD space with just mirroring the drives.

I will post some transfer rates once I get the server set up a little more.
post #6 of 25
Wow nice server & pics
post #7 of 25
Robo,

Did that case come with the 5 internal 3.5 bays or did you fabricate those yourself?
 
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post #8 of 25
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Hey thanks for the posts guys,

I am just starting to experiment with the trial version of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition. I'm not too familiar with the server OS's but compared to Server 2003, the interface is easier to use and more straight forward. I wanted to install a Server OS (x64) because compared to Vista x64 it's more stripped down so it only runs what you need and doesn't use anything it doesn't have to. I thought about using Windows XP x64 edition but I had poor luck with drivers and stability problems with that version of XP. Also running a Server OS you can create reports and see more statistics on how your server is running.
post #9 of 25
Wow. That's a lot of hard drives. Any idea how hot that system runs?
 
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post #10 of 25
Set up a RAID10 dude I ran RAID10 for a while and it runs awesome. Better than RAID5 IMO. Much less CPU overhead, too.
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