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- timbuck - 2011-11-17 00:18
I just built myself an unraid box, and i have to say i'm really happy, it's a great bit of kit and well worth the money i payed for the Plus license, i will be upgrading to Pro when i need to expand it further.
Unraid fits the bill perfectly, I tried out Flexraid first, but things didn't go that smoothly, it's was then that i realized it was one guy behind it, and trusting 5TB of data to essentially beta software freaked me out.
The support forums are great to, the hero members are very helpful and don't belittle you for asking stupid questions, which I'm sure I've done many times
I now have it hidden away in a spare room and have it go into S3 sleep after 15min of the last disk spinning down and wake it using XBMC's WOL addon......priceless
Below are some answers to questions asked in some of the previous posts, the first two are some of the methods i used to get data onto my array, but are NOT necessarily the way that is recommend, but they worked for me.
' Wrote:I only have 1 extra drive so should i let unraid "install" this drive and then load up media from drive 2 on it then put drive 2 in and "install" and so on. At that point all my media is on the drives in unraid and Im left with 1 blank drive and I make that my parity correct?
Yes, you can do it this way, i needed to do it this way as i only had one empty drive. but it's recommended to start adding data to the array with the parity disk enabled.
' Wrote:whats the best way to transfer the files over? do i hook the drive up internally, externally or copy over the network?
Yes, you can mount a ntfs formated drive internally outside the array and use midnight commander to move files across to one of the unraid disks, but you can only use this method for ntfs and ext2 formatted disks, all my disks were ext4 Doh! so what i did was boot into ubuntu with a live cd, mount one of my unraid formated disks (ReiserFS) as well as my ext4 disk(s) and move data across, only problem i encountered was that some folders had there permissions changed and were hidden, easily changed with midnight commander, otherwise moving data across the network with the parity disk enabled is the best way.
' Wrote:I live in the UK and every parts list or recommendation I find seems to only be available in the US.
I don't think you'll have any problems finding suitable hardware in the UK, just make sure you do plenty of reading in the hardware section on the unraid forum, and post what you settle on in the forum so the experts can give it a once over before you spend your money, I get most of my hardware from scan.co.uk but there are plenty of others, like overclockers.co.uk, but if you've never built a PC from scratch it can be a bit daunting, you can always use an old desktop, then all you need to do is add the hard drives and plug in the unraid usb.
saying that it's not the best time to be buying HD's £137 for a 2TB
- seveneleven - 2012-01-10 02:35
Thanks Eskro and poofyhairguy for putting all this together and answering so many questions. Really makes shopping much easier.
I have decided to add an unRaid server to my soon to be built XBMC (waiting for case on backorder from NCIX)
I am building it exactly like option 1 - 6HDD the only thing I am going to change is the processor and the ram. I would like to run the SabNZBD, CP and SB combo on it. So I decided to up the processor to dual core and use 4mb of ram, I actually was going to go with 2gb but it was hard to find a match.
So here are the 2 pieces I am changing, would like to know if they will work with unRaid build #1 from the first post.
CPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103873
RAM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134927
I am assuming that will be enough for what I am looking to do?
- eskro - 2012-01-10 03:30
- Drawde - 2012-01-11 22:39
I'm curious how you guys are setting up your stuff.. I just setup mine last night and I'm trying to think what would be the best way to have it setup.. Just 1 big share with Movies and TV is ideally what I wanna do.. But wouldn't scraping take a long time if my collection is around 10TB?
I only have 2+2TB (parity) in there now.. I have about 10TB of data to move over, then move the HDDs over one by one..
- akjet680 - 2012-02-01 16:50
thoughts on the following:
Maybe re purposed to be an unraid server? Also has a 5" optical drive to fit one additional HDD though not sure what adapter would be needed.
- Mufasa - 2012-02-27 04:42
Looks like the motherboards for recipes #3 and #4 are no longer being stocked.
What are the chances of getting an update from a trusted (eskro / poofy) source?
- eskro - 2012-02-28 06:53
Mufasa Wrote:Looks like the motherboards for recipes #3 and #4 are no longer being stocked.
- Mufasa - 2012-03-04 17:53
Quote:but here's another good candidate for a 12-to-18 drives unRAID server
That motherboard is now out of stock too.
So I guess the next best thing is to pick one of the Asrock motherboards, that has an extra PCI slot for a video card, but still maintains the Micro ATX form factor?
- Mufasa - 2012-03-04 18:24
How about this MB?
Looks like it is fairly new, has 6 sata sockets, and a PCI Express for the add-on card.
Is there anything this board doesn't have that I SHOULD be looking for?
It says it doesn't have onboard video, but it has VGA and HDMI, so it has to have some video.. right?
- eskro - 2012-03-04 21:40
they both have Realtek 8111E LAN Chipsets...
not good for unRAID.
(you need to use v5.0-beta14 AiO for Realtek 8111E support)
those are FM1 motherboards, the video is on the processor itself.