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3/2/11 at 11:46am
OK maybe someone can help me out here
I have an old Dell Poweredge 1600SC which is collecting dust, and was figuring I could turn it into a NAS.
Right now it has 6 drive bay SCSI with 2x40 gig HD's in a raid 1.
Since SCSI drives are too expensive, I figured I would take out the SCSI controller and drives and add a HD cage and a great controller card 3WARE AMCC 12 PORT SATA RAID CONTROLLER 9550SX-12SI
Not including HD, my cost so far would be about $200 plus the server.
I can even get a second CPU off e-bay for about $40.
Now this server is loud and big, but would be placing it under the stairs.
Or should I just go out and buy a NAS?
Hi. First off I must say I'm based in the UK. Anyway, here goes:
I'll be building my HTPC shortly. Now, my budget is a bit limited so I'll have to spread the costs over time which rules out a big bang approach; instead, a steady upgrade path is the way to go. I've selected good HTPC components so that's not the issue. The one that is, is storage.
Initially the hard drives will be inside the HTPC itself - pretty much bog standard SATA drives and connections. I've chosen a mid-tower case that has six 3.5" bays plus four 5.25" ones. Storage will be added as needed, up to and including an enclosure that'll turn the 5.25" bays into something more useful (there are some nice units that turn three into five 3.5" ones).
But, of course, the day will come when I'll be running short of space and will want to add more.
I wondered if I could get some recommendations on this. As a starting point, I have no requirement to stream media all over the house, to other PC's, plsyers or anything else. This is purely a dedicated HTPC (that sits in the same room as everything else, right next to the AV gear) - it's all done for the convenience of centralising, organising and having a navigable library rather than the mess of CD's etc that I have now.
It would seem, therefore, that a DAS expansion rather than a full-blown NAS or WHS solution would be suitable. I've got my eyes on something like the Rosewill RSV-S8 which - as I understand it - simply gives you an 8-drive enclosure which includes 2 RAID controllers and connects via eSATA. Here in the UK we have a unit called the EdgeStore, which is just a rebadge I believe. The problem is that this unit seems to be largely becoming unavailable, I don't know why.
Is it possible to build a version of this oneself? I imagine that it could be done by utilising another tower case with appropriate power supply and controllers - the question, though, is which ones? All the ones I've seen require a motherboard etc (which kind of defeats the object)
If not, I guess I will have to go for a NAS. I don;t want a prebuilt (too expensive). Thoughts? It seems that in that case a relatively cheap and cheerful mobo/CPU plus controller cards, Gb ethernet & PSU would provide the hardware.
I don;t know Linux at all, so would WHS be a better way forward?
It seems a shame when all I want to do is build some relatively dumb storage expansion that will just sit right next to the HTPC.
Unless of course anyone has a different way of doing it.
As I say, this is looking ahead to the future.
Hopefully by the time I;ve outgrown the combination above, there'll be bigger drives available rather than having to consider one of those rackmount jobs. As ever, the hardware choices are more limited here in the UK. Smaller market and fewer home theatres sadly.