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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    I'll be running out of space on my External hard drives in about two months at the rate I'm going. Already filled 1x3TB, 1X1TB and 1x500GB. The 4TB has about 1.2TB left free and it's filling at about 30GB per day.

    Looking for a storage solution that allows me to keep everything in one place and back up (create a copy) of essential stuff.

    ~ 10-12TB with expandable capability would be nice.

    Thanks
     
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  2. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    I recommend create a server setup, use a lower end rig, fast LAN adapter, possibly a RAID controller card if you want to go that route.

    If primarily for media storage, I would recommend you ditch a few of the externals and buy WD 2TB greens as 2TB is the sweet spot for reliability vs performance vs price.

    FreeNAS and unRAID are great, unRaid allows you to view your drives as one large drive, but doesn't strip the data among the drives like RAID. IF you go this route get yourself a SSD for caching.

    This setup would work really well with your RasPi based XBMC.

    Some guides:
    Poofyhairguy's HTPC Recommendation Thread

    It goes without saying that I can mail you some of the components as I understand UAE only has 1337 stuff available. :p
     
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  3. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    That would be useful Mozie. Ill ping you
     
  4. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    CPU: Intel 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 Celeron G1610 Processor - Intel: Flipkart.com
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Motherboard - Gigabyte: Flipkart.com
    PSU: Corsair VS550 550 Watt PSU - Corsair: Flipkart.com
    HDD (As many as you need): WD Caviar Green 3 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (WD30EZRX) - WD: Flipkart.com
    RAM: Corsair Value DDR3 8 GB Desktop RAM (8GB Value 1600 C11 (CMV8GX3M1A1600C11)) - Corsair: Flipkart.com
    NIC: Intel EXPI9301CT PCI Express Lan Card Network Nic - Intel: Flipkart.com

    You can add more SATA Controllers for my drives and a high-end sound card if you want to use the same machine as your HTPC. SATA II only supported on PCI, so you may need to choose a better mobo that has enough for a network card+audio card+2 sata controllers to allow more SATA 3 drives.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Yuss, Micro - ATX + NAS


    JD, you want Wired or Wifi connectivity more ?
     
  6. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Wi-Fi would be nice, since I could download remotely without having to keep connecting/disconnecting things.
     
  7. Vinny

    Vinny RAID Rookie

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    @jd666. so much so :confused:
     
  8. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Micro Atx and HTPC was our old setup.
     
  9. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Wat?
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    My room mate was running an micro ATX based machine with 4 TB sata in raid. It was running an XBMC setup.
     
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    Rockfella Nordic Staff Member

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    How to add SATA controllers?
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    I will have more storage soon.
     
  13. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    You can buy PCI or PCIe type and increase the number of Sata ports.
     
  14. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    PCI is limited to SATA 2.0, while PCIe can utilize SATA 3.0.

    Also, I don't believe RAID is needed for speeds, if you want to use it backup data then sure, but for faster writes, no needed.
     
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    Rockfella Nordic Staff Member

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    Where can I buy a PCIex1 version?
     

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