Sorry for the repeat topic! Most thread about building file server seems performance oriented. But I need a file server with the least noise and power consumption.
I started a thread few months ago but got no respond:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1358438
My plan didn't work as I found out USB3.0 HDD enclosure simply doesn't support spindown!!! So I'm back to using multiple 4-bay eSATA HDD enclosure on my HTPC (Win7).
Anyway, with around 30 (2TB) HDDs, maybe I really need a dedicated many bays file server.
My concern is the file server software, in term of HTPC usage. I need the file server HDDs be in idle spindown mode when no media file is playing.
My current problems:
- HDDs will spin-up when I just want to browse it's file list
- many normal PC operations will wake up all idled HDDs, such as:
- initial/create partition on a new HDD using Windows Disk Management
- install new software (I guess maybe the installer want to check disk space on all HDDs...)
- delete a file or empty recycle bin
- reboot the PC will of course restart all HDDs
- since all HDDs are on eSATA connection in a few 4-bay eSATA enclosure, sometime when I add/remove (swap) a HDD, all HDDs will wake up!
Can a dedicated file server solve all the above problems? The most useful feature would be to browse HDDs file list without waking up the HDD.
After searching a while, there seems 3 popular file server system, FreeNAS, unRAID, FlexRaid. Which one (or other solution) can solve my problems?
Thanks in advance!