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Old 06-08-2012, 09:09 AM
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Question Mass Storage Questions...

I have been meaning to build storage system for some time and space has finally pushed me to make a decision.

I currently own 5 x 2TB WD (EARS) sitting in a nice stack all purchased before the floods at a good price.

I originally bought the 4 of the drives to use with a sansdigital 4 bay esata unit (and included highpoint rocketraid 622 pcie controller) with raid 5 but the drives didn't seem to play well even with wdidle3 applied to them. They would drop from the array (red lights on the enclosure indicator)

From what I see my only other option seems to be buy a NAS ($$$) or build some sort of home brew storage with Unraid or similar.

For a possible Unraid I have an old AMD x2 5200 on an ASUS M2NPV-VM mATX PC, 2GB DDR2 and 4 onboard Sata2 ports. I have a Silicon Image 2 port sata2 PCIe card to get me up to 6 sata2 ports total.

I'm trying to spend the least amount to get the most storage with some redundancy in case I lose a drive and possibly 20% of my recorded / ripped movies.

Are there any other options? I have a functioning WHS 2011 box (AMD x4 955 with 8GB ram on ASUS MB) with 6 sata2 ports and an addon highpoint rocketraid 640 (4 ports). Is there something I could use on the WHS2011 box that would give me a large pool like the old drive extender???

This is only for archived tv and movies so I guess speed is only an issue for playback. I won't be recording from Sagetv to these drives.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by jorton View Post
Is there something I could use on the WHS2011 box that would give me a large pool like the old drive extender???
Two I've heard about:

Drive Bender:

SageTV Server 7.1.x w/Gemstone and Plex Home Theater v1.0.10 w/PlexPass
HD-PVR w/v1.5.6 drivers / Hauppauge IR blaster / FiOS Extreme HD / Motorola QIP6200 / SPDIF+720p Fixed Output
on HP Media Center 8400F (Phenom 9500 QuadCore 2.2GHz, nVidia GeForce 8500 GT)
via Olevia 247TFHD/Onyko TX-SR606/Harmony 550/HP MediaSmart EX490 WHS w/12TB
Plex Media Server v0.9.9.5 on HP Touchsmart Envy 23 d16qd
Sonos Play:3, Connect / SimpleTV v2 / Roku 2 XS+Plex / iPhone 5 / iPad 2
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:10 AM
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There's also FlexRAID. While I haven't looked into the WHS add-ins very much (which means they might work similarly), one thing that I always liked about FlexRAID was that it didn't actually mess with your original data. Since it uses a parity solution, it actually cannot corrupt the data you're protecting. Additionally, the drives can be physically removed from the computer and accessed by any other computer.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:45 AM
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Why not use Windows 8 storage spaces? Eventually you'd have to buy it, but for now it's free.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:27 PM
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or you could say screw windows and their drive pool and go with unraid... just a thought

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:03 PM
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I am open to unraid, just trying to avoid having three servers in my basement

It would be nice to use the WHS 2011 box for more than nightly backups.
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