Now that's a NAS

By Justin ยท 7 replies
Oct 22, 2005
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  1. Well, for a while my NAS has been getting long in the tooth.. for about 2 years now it's been a large array of 40GB drives with many hot spares, plus 2 very large drives to mirror those

    I took this weekend to do some upgrading of it.

    IT was formerly as follows:

    2 x 250GB SATA in RAID1 for CD Images and movies
    2 x 40GB IDE for booting
    8 x 40GB in RAID6 with 4 hot spares for the data array

    3 x Promise UX133 IDE controllers

    For various reasons I didn't like this. The 40GB OS drives were dodgy and slow, the 40GB drives are getting old, the majority of drives were SHARING channels which is a no no, and I didn't have enough space. Sorry, 240GB plus 250GB mirror don't cut it.

    I spent this weekend doing the following upgrades:

    1) Adding Adaptec 29160 SCSI Controller
    2) Adding 2 x 10,000RPM SCSI CHEETAHS
    3) Replacing all 40GB IDE with all 80GB IDE!
    4) Destroying by fire and hammer the old 20GB boot
    5) Added a 4th UX133 IDE Controller

    So now I'm left with a system that does:

    * Gentoo Linux
    * Gigabit LAN FTW
    * Boot off a mirrored 10,000RPM SCSI array
    * Has an 8 x 80GB IDE RAID6 array with 2 hot spares
    * Has a 2 x 250GB SATA RAID1 array
    * Drives do NOT share channels! Hooray!

    Leaving me with a 480GB very redundant array for my massive porn and data collection, and a 250GB array for CD Images and Movies

    Here are images:

    The drives removed from the NAS:
    (drives on the far right were not in the NAS)

    The new NAS!:

    oh man i'm in love

    yes I know the cables are a disaster, but I go for function. I have more rounded cables on order to clean it up a bit.
  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Man what a case! thats alot of 3.5 bays :haha:

    I remember seeing pics of all of the old HDs hanging out of a old case. Was that the same rig? If so..what an improvment
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    & now you need to create an account to share that pRon. You know where to find me. :p
  4. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 942

    heh, different box, but that other one was an attempt to clone a raid5 array

    i failed at that

    but hey!

    I'm now using 7 of those 40GB drives in a raid6 for my box at work

  5. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    I guess the question would be whaatya going to do with all those WD 40G's ? ?

    patio. :cool:
  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 942

    Well, 7 are now in a raid6 in my machine at work. I'm left with about 12 40GB drives i don't know what to do with, maybe play hard drive baseball

    i'll probably just keep them around as spares
  7. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Actually, what you will do is get my address, and mail them to the less fortunate in Northern Arizona, namely myself.

    Trust me, lives will be saved, the homeless will have jobs, children will be fed. Even animals will find homes. If only you send your drives to me. The fate of the world rests in your hands. Do the right thing, dear harvester!
    :) :)
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Umm..i happen to think not kind sir

    I have a feeling, now mind you this is just a hunch, that he isnt going to give you free HDs. (but if you are, hook me up to)



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