Originally Posted by odditory
While I'd tentatively anticipated building a system on WHS to be added as the O/S component to one of the two 'recommended systems' profiles, I'm seriously considering suggesting unRAID as an alternative to people that consider WHS either too simple or too complex (strange as that might sound).
Imho, unRAID is a much better choice for pure video archives than WHS. It doesn't duplicate your data, just provides parity protection which, for people on a budget, is often good enough. A benefit over hardware RAID5 or 6 is even if you lose a couple of drives, you only lose data stored on those drives. Another advantage, in case your unRAID install get bjorked (bad flash drive or something), data on the hard drives are still intact and easily accessible since unRAID uses plain ReiserFS. Just use a LiveCD/USB of Linux to boot and you have access to yoru data again. The primary difficulty with unRAID is parts selection, but once you're done with that, it's fairly idiot friendly.
Your parts list seems to be based on items that you found for dirt cheap by being at the right place at the right time (ebay, forums, etc) as well as re-using some existing parts that would normally throw off cost effectiveness ratio (i.e. the drive cages). While that's great for someone with patience to wait for the killer secondhand deal, the systems we'll be recommending will be based on parts people can just throw into a cart at an etailer and click order.
The retail version of the MSI P43 Neo3-F is $84 on Newegg or $74AR. I think jason's the only one who's tried the motherboard, so far (big kudos for being the "guinea pig" - his words, not mine
). The MSI P43 Neo3-F is even cheaper than what my older ABIT AB9 Pro is going for nowadays (bought it at $85, now sells for $105 new), albeit it does have one less SATA port.
The ATI Rage XL seems to be always $9.50 on Geeks.com (shipping's a killer, though). unRAID itself can run headless, but some motherboards don't support booting without video. Besides, troubleshooting's a b**** if you don't have a display. Hard to change BIOS settings, too.
The Centurion 590 is often enough on sale for that price. The primary cost (aside from the drives, themselves) would actually be drive cages. With the ease of adding hard drives to unRAID, you're going to want hot-swap. The Pro version of unRAID supports 17 drives (including parity and cache). If one expects expanding to this many drives, the Norco 20-bay case would really be more prudent. I think it's even possible to RAID0/1 the cache so that would increase the number of drives to 18. Hmm, now that I think about it, I probably should ask on the unRAID forum whether it's possible to RAID 10 the cache drive. That makes for both redundancy (since cache is not parity protected) and increased performance (for writes).
Lol, that's 20 disks right there. my unRAID server buildAntec 300, $60
- *sigh* Should have gone with the Centurion 590 or Antec 900.Abit AB9 Pro, $85
- 9 SATA ports, has been tested by a lot of people with unRAID, but it's old and doesn't seem to support Wolfdales, possible successor is the MSI P43 Neo3-F.Intel Celeron 430, $40
- TDP 35WKingston ValueRAM 2GB, $35
- Good, inexpensive RAM.ATI Rage XL 8MB, $10Corsair 520HX, $100 ($80AR)
- I could have gotten the 750TX for $100 shipped but I wanted modular and I was only anticipating a max of 9 hard drives.iStarUSA T-5-SA x3, $45 ($15ea)TOTAL $375
Alas, it would seem like I would soon outgrow the above. I guess I didn't really anticipate how much data I have to store (and will soon acquire as I build my Blu-ray collection). I'm now researching and planning on a rackmount "fake" RAID solution using the Ciprico cards kapone mentioned and backing up to unRAID.
For those with more modest needs, I think the following cases are worth a look:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811165124http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811165123http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811165125http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811165126