[SATLUG] Recommendations for a SAMBA/NAS device?

Howard Haradon hharadon at gmail.com
Thu May 21 11:55:14 CDT 2009

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 7:04 AM, Todd W. Bucy <toddwbucy at grandecom.net> wrote:
> are you looking for something like this?
> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3258543&CatId=2684
>  its a bit on the pricey side but A little imagination and one should be
> able to rig something up similar
> Todd
> On Wed, 2009-05-20 at 22:32 -0500, FIRESTORM_v1 wrote:
>> Hello everyone.
>> I'm trying to solve a major power issue at the house and am hoping
>> that someone can shed some of their energy managment insight.
>> I've been using Zeus (my main gaming rig) as my fileserver now for a
>> while but am wantnig to see what I can do about cutting down on my
>> power usage.  Zeus is an Athlon64 running at about 3GHz with a total
>> of 7 drives in it and a handful of other peripherals. The problem is
>> that four of those drives are SATA 750GB drives and are hanging off of
>> a Promise FastTrack TX130 RAID controller and the array is about 2TB
>> and has pretty much everything on it concerning projects, documents,
>> code, apps, etc. and is very important to have always available.
>> The problem I'm wanting to solve is how can I minimize power usage but
>> still keep the array available?  I've pondered being able to seperate
>> the drive array from the machine, but I'd have to have a machine to
>> put it into and then I'd be back to the same problem again.
>> My thinking is that a low-powered machine, like an embedded system
>> would do it nicely, but I want to make every effort I can to insure
>> that the machine is as low-power as possible, and that the data on the
>> array is preserved. I am thinking something like the Linksys NSLU2,
>> but with one PCI slot instead of two USB ports, running off of flash
>> or a laptop HDD in a Linux environment.
>> I've done some research into an embedded systems and was impressed
>> with the Shuttle and VIA boards.  Something like that might prove
>> ideal but I have never used one.  I have an Artigo pico-ITX board but
>> it is very underpowered, I don't want to run into a similar situation
>> with this project.
>> With that in mind, I'm looking for suggestions both from a hardware
>> level and from a software level.
>> On the hardware side, I want a case that has three forward facing 5.25
>> drives (the SATA drive cage I have occupies three bays) and some place
>> to mount a laptop HDD (or if a flash drive is used, this requirement
>> is mitigated).
>> The hardware must haves:
>> - 10/100 Ethernet wired.  (GigE is a Nice-to-have, but not required)
>> - One PCI slot (PCI-64bit is not needed)
>> - One IDE port or Flash disk capable of a 4GB microdrive or similar
>> sized CF card.
>> - Power Supply that won't crap out on me in a year that can be easily
>> field-replaced and can drive all components. (No fifty thousand power
>> bricks and don't want another "e-machines" power supply)
>> - Processor that is not massively overpowered, but not horribly
>> underpowered either. Want to be able to run LAMP and SAMBA and support
>> multiple concurrent users without issue. (Believe it or not, Windows
>> works without issue in it's current configuration.)
>> - Must have adequate cooling but not sound like a jet engine.  (Don't
>> want it louder than a Compaq DL380 :P )
>> On the software side, must haves
>> - Linux platform, with modular installation/removal. (Like apt-get,
>> but recently got stung by Ubuntu so not too sure on software updates.)
>> - SSH, Samba, Apache, NTP
>> - Hardware support for the FastTrack TX430 is a _MUST_  I can't afford
>> another RAID card and besides, where am I going to stash a TB of data
>> for the conversion?
>> Nice-to-haves (both hardware and software)
>> - Really don't want another desktop or server case around the house,
>> something smaller is nice
>> - A Web-based administration console like the NSLU2 or similar.
>> What do you guys recommend? What are your experiences with home-NAS
>> solutions?  What issues did you encounter and what did you do to fix
>> them?
>> Thanks in advance.
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One easy and not too expensive step would be to use
an 80 Plus power supply.
Howard Haradon
San Antonio, TX  USA

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