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    opensource RAID ?

    Am contemplating setting up an Intel P4 desktop base unit with a SATA RAID Card and 4 or so SATA Hard drives ( obviously ) but wanted to know which would be better and are there any other offerings

    Open filer , Free NAS or anything else ?

    In comparison which one would be better ?

    Want to use it for windows and mac if possible ( If not then I want HFS+ for OS X )

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    If you're running hardware RAID you can use any OS you like really. Depends what the unit is going to host I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    If you're running hardware RAID you can use any OS you like really. Depends what the unit is going to host I suppose.
    As long as the OS has drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    As long as the OS has drivers.
    Was hoping to have a NAS and point our itunes libraries to the NAS and have our local profiles on an eSATA drive that way its only applications that are stored on the OS drive

    For the time being was just contemplating about it so still need to figure out how I will do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Am contemplating setting up an Intel P4 desktop base unit with a SATA RAID Card and 4 or so SATA Hard drives ( obviously ) but wanted to know which would be better and are there any other offerings

    Open filer , Free NAS or anything else ?

    In comparison which one would be better ?

    Want to use it for windows and mac if possible ( If not then I want HFS+ for OS X )
    Which SATA RAID card have you looked into as I am looking to go down the root of installing one in a desktop computer and have that set up as a storage server to store our media content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    Which SATA RAID card have you looked into as I am looking to go down the root of installing one in a desktop computer and have that set up as a storage server to store our media content.
    None as of yet as weighing up my options currently

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    Have had good experience with the built in software raid capabilities of Freenas - the box is still running after about 3 years of servitutde It just works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Have had good experience with the built in software raid capabilities of Freenas - the box is still running after about 3 years of servitutde It just works.
    so you have onboard raid or how are you connecting the hard drives unless you just attached 4 IDE / SATA drives ?

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    No onboard, that's using 4 IDE drives all on separate channels (2 onboard, 2 on a PCI card"
    There is, I believe, sata raid on the motherboard but at the time I had a plethora of IDE kit and nothing SATA - thats all in the main box :| I'd have a rummage under the desk to have a look but can barely move with swinepigmanflu

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    There is, I believe, sata raid on the motherboard but at the time I had a plethora of IDE kit and nothing SATA - thats all in the main box
    what's in the box ?

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    if memory serves its a P4 3ghz, half a gig of DDR and an MSI mainboard of some description. NOt actually used for anything other than storage of my backups atm :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    if memory serves its a P4 3ghz, half a gig of DDR and an MSI mainboard of some description. NOt actually used for anything other than storage of my backups atm :|
    You haven't got any spare motherboards for a P4 socket 478 ? Or does anyone else come to think of it - just the motherboard I have currently ( An asus ) the onboard NIC is duff - guess I could disable that and just get some dedicated NIC(s) ?

    My P4 upstairs is 3ghz with 1gb ram, think its got an 80gb hdd ( obviously need some more hdd's and a raid card unless I use soft raid on free nas or open filer ( if open filer will do the same ) ?

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    I do, but it's an old RM/MSI thingy that I believe only holds up to a p4 2ghz (400mhz FSB) which is undoubtedly no good :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    I do, but it's an old RM/MSI thingy that I believe only holds up to a p4 2ghz (400mhz FSB) which is undoubtedly no good :|
    eye unless you had a P4 with about 512mb ram or someit ?

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    sorry mate didn't quite understand the gist of that last post

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