Official unRAID Thread
Is an embedded Network Attached Storage server Operating System designed to boot from a USB Flash device and specifically designed for digital media storage:
Any combination of IDE and SATA hard drives may be used.
All the hard drives do not need to be the same size or speed.
Hard drives not being accessed may be spun down.
Can rebuild any single failed hard drive.
True Incremental Storage
Unlike other RAID systems, unRAID Server supports true incremental storage expansion. You can add capacity by adding more hard drives or by upgrading existing hard drives. This is a great way to make use of older, smaller hard drives you might have laying around.
Better Fault Tolerance
Similar to other RAID systems, unRAID Server permits reconstruction of a single failed hard drive. However in the unlikely event of multiple hard drive failures, data loss would be isloated to only those hard drives which failed. In traditional RAID systems, multiple simultaneous hard drive failure results in complete data loss.
Network Attached Storage
unRAID Server is compatible with Windows Networking. Individual data disks appear as disk shares under My Network Places. In addition, unRAID Server provides a composite view of all your storage through the use of User shares.
User shares permit you to view your storage as if it were one large file system, even though each data disk has it’s own file system. This lets you define share names such as Movies, Video, Photos, etc. whose actual contents are spread out among multiple hard drives.
USB Flash Storage Device
unRAID server is designed to be installed on, and boot from, a USB Flash Storage device. All configuration data is also kept on the Flash; the hard drives are only used to store user data.
Greenleaf Prototype Builds
After using HP MediaSmart Server with Windows Home Server v1 for the last 2 years I've decide to make the switch over to unRAID. HP MSS was a great first server. As my collection of movies has grown I've come to the conclusion that unRAID just makes more sense for my needs. I have around 330 Blu-Ray's and 150 DVD's in my HP MSS. The last couple months I've been having playback issue when it comes to Blu-Ray. After tons of troubleshooting I haven't been able to solve the problem. So my unRAID build starts now and I thought I'd make a thread for those who have been considering going the unRAID route.
After researching unRAID I've found that it doesn't take much money to build a server. I decided to just build a budget server since all I will be using it for is BD,DVD,Music storage. For those of you that want your server to do transcoding you'll have to go with a more powerful CPU.
MB ECS| A885GM-A2 (V1.1)- $45.00
CPU: AMD Sempron 145- $39.00
CASE XCLIO| XCLIO NIGHTHAWK RT- $49.99
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR3 1333- $15.99
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W- $34.99
SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card- $11.52 x2
Hot Swap Drive Bays: Mobile Rack for 3.5 inches SATA HDD - Open Frame- $14.66 x 9
NSI LK-13813 1x4-pin Molex male to 3x4-pin Molex Female Power Cable Splitter $3.29 x 3
Total Cost- $338.30 plus taxes & shipping charges
UnRAID O/S and HDD will also add to the cost.