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post #11 of 26
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To respond to above posts:

I do not have an OS already,

as for storage size, as large as possible is prefered because I'm going to be storing all of my DVD's and Blu-Rays on it ; so larger the better,

I'd also like to be able to expand in the future.

Obviously I want a raid card, to use for raid 5 for preformance and backup incase of hard drive failure.

I mean, each DVD is roughly 700mb, a blu-ray in a .mkv format can be around 14-16, and I have ALOT of movies.

So I'd probably be looking for like 12-18tb of usable space.


Thanks Again guys!
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post #12 of 26
Oh man. This is hard.

I could only suggest buying the areca ARC-1220 (This review from xbitlabs yields a lot of positive comments about the said controller), and doing an 8 disk RAID6 with 2TB Caviar Blacks
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I would personally go with a solution like this. I am not sure if you have seen it, but it's supposedly pretty amazing performance wise.

http://www.youtube.com/user/newegg#p/u/37/0Fs4jQh2iCQ
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post #14 of 26
If I had $2k to spend on a media server, it would probably be on this lot plus a $120 unRAID licence.

That is pretty much dead on $2000 total (with the deals on currently), and the $25 rebate on the case covers the shipping too. With the laptop drive as a cache drive and 13 x 2TB drives you would net 24TB or parity-protected network-accessible storage capable of decent enough speeds all for a bargain price.
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If I had $2k to spend on a media server, it would probably be on this lot plus a $120 unRAID licence.
Reason for mixing Samsung and Western Digital drives? Oh, and you forgot to mention that the Samsung F4EGs need a firmware update before they are put into use.
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post #16 of 26
Are you dead-set on building the system yourself or would you consider pre-built NAS solutions?

For example QNAP TS-659:


6 bays (10TB RAID5 with 2TB disks) and provides a slew of nice features like FTP/file/web/print server, encrypted remote replication to another NAS over WAN, unit is WOL-ready, SMS and email notifications, torrent downloader, etc. The TS-659 is ~$1250 before tax so that saves you about $600 for drives. QNAPs are available with up to 8 drive bays should you require more storage.

There are lots of other NAS solutions out there that are good but out of the devices I have configured and installed for clients (Seagate BlackArmor, Buffalo LinkStation, etc), QNAP has the best firmware and the units are the most solid physically.

Of course, when buying a NAS device you are limiting yourself to just that, a NAS (albeit a very full-featured NAS). If you were to build your own file server it could be re-purposed down the road as a normal workstation, parts can be upgraded/recycled, etc... so there are benefits of going down that path as well.
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post #17 of 26
Yeah there's a few good NASs around. I know QNAP and Synology have a good reputation, along with Netgear's ReadyNAS line. Personally I'd want the flexibility of a custom build. Also, do those NASs do any kind of patrol read on their arrays? With 2TB drives, things like that become ever more important.


EDIT:

Edited my first post, now that the OP has stated he wants as much storage as possible. Comes to about $1,680.
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post #18 of 26
12-18tb gets tricky due to the massive number of HD's needed and fitting them and the ports. 10 x 2tb drives will probably give around 17tb of usable space in RAID5; and thats alot of drives to deal with in a normal case and more ports than most boards have.

If you do what one high quality raid array for around $2000, well here I go...

$770 (2GB of cache!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151033 the 'egg also has the 4GB verson on sale for $850 for ever more overkill; the battery backup for the Areca card would be good also (cache in write back mode.)

~$100 Lower priced i3 32nm CPU

~$100 lower priced 1156 board

~$100 Quality 600W or so PSU

~$100 4gb of RAM

~$70 basic case with lots of internal 3.5" slots http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146060 (you can get creative mounting more than 7 internal 3.5" drives easily.)

~$30 Intel desktop NIC (I would really want a server card but they are $150+ so forget that)

I would also scrounge up a separate OS only drive, i'm guess you might have an unused HD or can get one from a friend or buy a new 80gb drive for $35.

And that would leave about $800 for HD's in which I would buy 8 x WD 2tb green drives; in RAID5 that would leave you with about 13tb of usable space.


A bit over budget but it is easy to spend other people's money And that Raid card is beastly! Total overkill for a personal NAS that will probably only have 1 or maybe 2 users accessing data at once but you do get a top notch raid array.
post #19 of 26
why not go for RAID10 or 0+1 with that budget?
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post #20 of 26
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Reason for mixing Samsung and Western Digital drives? Oh, and you forgot to mention that the Samsung F4EGs need a firmware update before they are put into use.
The Samsungs are max 5 per customer as they're on special, and the WDs I picked had a $10 coupon. No other reason. The beauty of going with a solution like unRAID for a pure media server (despite it's many faults) is that you can use any size of disk, of any brand, of any speed, without having to worry about compatibility.

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why not go for RAID10 or 0+1 with that budget?
Because he can't afford enough drives or SATA ports to do that within budget and hit his capacity target.
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