Originally Posted by ncarty97
Yeah, that's what I got out of it too. I understand the frustration of dealing with a one man shop with minimal 'free' support, especially when you're freaking out that your data is lost, but you gotta step back, relax and clearly express whats happened.
The only real frustration I had with flexRAID service is in terms of when I've needed to rebuild my server. Thankfully that doesn't happen often, but the policy that you can't change the hardware when doing this (IE my server crashes, I need to rebuild and I decide or have to replace/add a drive in the array) is frankly bull**** (maybe this has changed, its been about 2 years). I nearly found this out the hard way when I moved my WHS2011 to ESXi. I was going to replace a couple of my 1TB drives with some 2TB drives. Figured it would be easier to just copy the data directly and build the array from scratch with the new discs. I was told that I could only reinstall the software if the hardware was exactly the same. Well, what do you do if your crash tanked a drive too? I need to pay again? I understand trying to combat piracy, but this seems overkill.
I also had a minor issue in that Braihm (is that how you spell it?) I think was on vacation or something when I rebuilt. I wanted to run it a few days to make sure everything was working before reintiating all my licenses. I had to request it by email and by the time he got back to me, my two week trial had expired so for a day or two, my array wouldn't boot up. Wife was not happy! Not a major problem of course, but again, annoying.
I think I've gotten my money's worth out the software (I have recovered two discs with it over the years), but I also think I'll be moving on.
I've changed hardware in my unRAID setup numerous times and all I had to do was install it, hook up the drives, and configure it to boot from the flash drive. It always booted up with no problems even though I changed the motherboard, CPU, and memory. The only security used with unRAID is that the license key is tied to the flash drive. You can use whatever hardware you want with it and change it to your heart's content. If the flash drive croaks then you have to replace it with a licensed drive. I believe they will help you out with a replacement for a nominal fee, but you'd have to check with them for the details. I bought a 2-pack of drives from them about 8 years ago at a discount and sold the 2nd drive. I have long since gotten my money's worth out of the software so I wouldn't feel bad if I had to buy a new license due to a failed flash drive.
Originally Posted by Brian B
I have unRAID and I really don't see this as an issue for most people. I needed to copy files from a drive at work, so I popped it into an external enclosure, loaded the reiser software (very lightweight and small) onto the computer at work, plugged in and just copied the files over.
The extra work was almost nothing. I can't see making a decision on which implementation to use heavily based on the need to have it be a Windows environment.
I couldn't agree more. Having drives in your server that are Windows compatible is essentially a needless feature. As long as you can see the data over the network on a Windows PC then that's all you need. Besides, what if you're in a household with different types of PCs, such as a Mac, a Windows PC, Linux, etc. NTFS drives are only going to be able to connect directly to the Windows PC. Servers are meant to be used with a network connection. Let's face it, the need to pull a drive from a server and connect it directly to a PC isn't something anyone would do very often, if ever, at least for the vast majority of us. If it's something that's important to you then you should choose your server software accordingly. It's just not something that's at the top of most people's feature list. Besides, the idea of having to support yet another Windows based machine in my home isn't at all appealing to me. The software installation alone is ridiculous compared to unRAID. I can configure a bootable flash drive and install the software in about 5 minutes and be up and running before a Windows disc has finished copying over the installation files. There's also no drivers or updates to install so when it boots you're done except for some configuration settings. Configuring the server takes only as long as it takes to pick a drive from a drop down list and assign it to a slot, depending on how many drives you have installed. Of course, the first time around it will want to build parity if the disks contain any data. Otherwise you're good to go and ready to copy data to the server.