Originally Posted by kenshin-san
I feel like a member of the Unraid cheerleader squad, like Odditory feels like a member of the Areca/Norco squad, lol. The funny part is, that I personally have relegated my Unraid box to secondary storage, but not everyone needs/wants the speed/risk that true raid striping can give you.
You are not the only cheerleader for unRAID.
I'm an advocate and totally dedicated to it now.
I'm selling off all my lil nas boxes, Kuros, Theucs 5200BR and ReadyNAS NV+.
It's sort of a thrifty man's NAS, but it's exactly. What I need. A Protected JBOD with a continuous view. I've moved different drives of different sizes into the protected JBOD array and saved a few spindles along the way.
Plus it saves some electricity by spinning down the unused drives.
The ease of shutdown, swap drive, boot up, click and expand has me sold!
Plus having the root filesystem boot from flash and then reside in ram eliminates the need for a spinning disk all day long. I'm a total advocate.
A 9 drive setup with trayless removable SATA units cost me less then $700, although probably less with all the rebates and reused spare parts.
Abit AB9 PRO ~ $90 (9 internal sata, 1 external sata)
Celerom M 440 2ghz ~ $50
4g Ram ~ $70
Centurion 590 ~ $75
Power Supply ~ $80-120
Extra 120MM fans ~ $15 (box of 4 coolermasters).
unRAID Pro License - $150
Kingston SD Card + reader $15
Additional costs are based on how you mount SATA Drives.
You can use the 4 in 3 modules or use the i-Star fanless trayless SATA modules like I did.
These were $15 each. I used 9 (1 per internal sata port).
Some fancy taping to direct air where I wanted and I'm all set.
Granted this is only 9 drives, with the ability to add 1 externally.
I guess I don't grow as fast as others do.
As soon as I fill up the slots, it seems drives get big enough for me to begin replacing the smaller ones.
I plan to grow into either a 15 drive setup with 5in3 trayless removables or graduate to a Norco setup if I find the right motherboard for it.