So my s*** thecus n7700 has died and a quick bit of research reveals its not uncommon for the mainboard to get cancer and drown in a pool of its own faeces. The data looks like it can only be recovered by another thecus n7700 and that may not even work (exclusing the expensive guys in white lab coats). Please correct me if you know how to get my porn off these drives without investing in another piece of s*** n7700 that is only mildly more reliable than the queensland health payroll department.
Part the second: What is a good alternative for NAS? Im thinking maybe just runnin a box with a raid controller. Is this the way to do it? Are there better alternatives?
Thanks in advance.
it's linux software raid - you can read the array from practically any linux box that has the ability to connect that many drives at once
Speaking of Linux software RAIDs I have a problem with mine. Under heavy disk IO the entire thing just locks up and I have to power cycle to get it back again. The RAID then also has to go through a rebuild..
Everything updated, CentOS 6, WD 2Tb drives and no errors in smartctl.
I'm about to buy one of these http://web.qnap.com/pro_detail_feature.asp?p_id=212 with 4x 3TB HDDS - comes in at about $1250 delivered
I thought about doing the HP Microserver route and then decided to f*** that and go this way instead.
I got one of these recently. http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS1512%2B
I went the road of the HP Microserver and opted for 'storage pooling' instead of RAID.
It's made of win and excellence.
F*** storing 12+TB of storage at the whim of a RAID controller... if the HPMS dies tomorrow I can access ALL of my data spanned across 4x3TB disks. If I lose 1 of those 3TB's sure the data on it is lost, but I also have the option to 'duplicate' only data I consider essential across as few or as many of the physical disks in the pool as I wish.
It provides me a single target for storage that is as flexible as I want it to be, and provide me as much (or as little) redundancy as I want.
w/o HDD's it came to less than $300. Performance isn't break-neck but as it serves <5users this isn't an issue at all.
+1 for HP Microserver
I've got 5x3TB + 250GB OS drive in mine
I also went down the proliant HP microserver route. I run freenas 8 with mirrored ZFS storage
I bought my HP Micro Server months ago and still haven't bought drives.... I really should get onto that.
i've got two 859's. qnap's are good. buy one.
2 Micro servers left out of 3
1 runs Solaris SE11 with ZFS and 8GB of ram + napp-it
1 run clearos 6.2 community at work as my sneakernet nas
More than likey going to sell them all and get a couple of msa70 chassis for my main virtual host
If space or physical hardware features aren't what you require in a nas, I'd seriously recommend building your own with a mini itx mobo with a low end intel cpu and a hunk of ram, a case like this (with expansion slots for any raid cards), and using a distro that natively supports ZFS (tho I guess you're stuck with whatever raid you've got setup if you don't have any other drives you can get a hold of to copy stuff off).
Alternatively you could buy a qnap and replace the DOM to run your own distro, but it'll be a little pricy and a fair bit underspecced compared to the above (but it will still do the job unless you do anything demanding like transcoding).
The Synology stuff seems to have an awesome ui/interface. I've been temped to get the 8bay one for a while. Rocking on with a Microserver atm though with 5x2TB and a 500g momentus XT I used to have in my laptop. I envy the expandability of the dedicated NAS boxes though. Is there anything that can expand raids to add new disks software wise as easy as the dedicated boxes?
That said... with an unlimited internet plan plus usenet + sick beard + couch potato, I just delete stuff if I need space and it's easy enough to get back what I want in no time if I'm missing it. I probably don't need more storage.
Synology disk IO is pretty great for a small NAS, they are generally faster than teh equivalent qnap. The qnap iscsi implementation is more robust though, synology can be a little buggy.
I have a qnap 4 bay rack mount with 4 x 3tb in R10 in our colo rack, I can clone a 40gb VM onto it in about 3 mins.
Crusher would you recommend this?
Synology or gtfo. hese things HAMMER! Will not buy anything else, ever again.
^ I have 5 of those seagates in my synology and they are awesome! Cannot go wrong!
QNAP and synology are pretty on par with each other but the snology is little cheaper going to be buying this bad boy very soon! http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS1812%2B〈=enu
I have a Thecus sitting there doing absolutely zero cause its the biggest pos on earth.
I have an HP Microserver as well with four WD Caviar Blacks in it and the POS 250GB HDD drive that came with it still in there with Ubuntu on. Does the job, no complaints.
I have two QNAP 659 Pro's and love them.
One is loaded with WD green drives for storage and the other has hitachi enterprise disks for the esxi environment.
i'm about to buy 2 qnap 259 pro's for a thing i'm selling
they seem ok, the idea is one will be on site and the other will be off site and one will back up the office then rsync to the offsite one
^^^ really cheaper then HP??? when i was looking that case cost $399 just for the case!
heh you noobs overpaid. I got all my N36L's for 199 delivered :P thaaaaanks HP
ps they are awesome.
pretty sure a *single connection* will still only traverse one nic with lacp, you'd need to use round robin bonding
i just bought a
Can that fit more than 4 drives? Microserver can fit 6x3.5 if you're not using the 5.25 bay. The extra grunt would be nice though.
sounds like more effort than benefit for home..so does that rats nest of wires there.
cable management. STAT!