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  1. @testdasi provided some good information. I work with a data-center that is all 2.5" enterprise drives - but they are solving a different problem (speed and density - with a majority around the 1TB mark - are their primary concerns). The drives they use are also not cheap. I considered and eventually decided against using all 2.5" drives for my unraid setup. I needed raw capacity more than I needed the smaller footprint. Cost was also a big consideration for me. Knowing that I would require at least 2x more drives for the same space didn't add up for me. So while I can buy an inexpensive 2TB 2.5" drive, I would have to buy 2 of them to equal the inexpensive 4TB 3.5" drive. I couldn't find a scenario where 2 drives was ever cheaper than a single drive of equivalent space.
  2. 1. I've been running a single 2.5in drive as my cache drive for about a year. No issues. That doesn't necessarily translate as having great longevity. 2. No. Nothing. 3. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=QLC+SSD+reviews&t=ffnt&atb=v173-2&ia=web 4. For 10 drives a 450w would probably suffice, but that's not the real question. What else requires power? 5. yes.
  3. Yes. Worst case, you should have a 60 day trial before activation becomes an issue.
  4. Consolidating into the Norco makes the most sense if you want a single machine to handle it all. Whether you go with a dual Xeon CPU setup, i9 CPU or a Threadripper - you should have enough horsepower to run almost anything you want. If cost is an issue, I'd price out i9 vs. Threadripper. Just make sure the MB you select has enough PCI-e slots for future expansion if you need it.
  5. I ended up going with a Ryzen 5 2600. The fact that a new "old" CPU is expensive can be misleading. It's not necessarily because they are worth it, but often because they are hard to find. If you are hardware locked, then that old CPU is worth quite a bit. For comparison - your I7-3930K vs. I5-8600 vs. Ryzen 5-2600. Your old CPU holds up well in performance, but at twice the cost to operate. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-3930K-vs-Intel-i5-8600-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600/902vs3251vs3243 Besides, you don't have to throw it away. You can sell it. I sold my i5-2400 and i7-2600 when I pulled them out of their respective machines.
  6. Before I updated to a new CPU, I was on the same architecture. Your choices for a main board are outrageous prices for 1 of a few limited options that are available new - or scavenge something from another system. I sourced options from ebay, facebook market place, nextdoor, and craigslist. In the end, I opted to buy a new mainboard, CPU and memory. It was less hassle IMO.
  7. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways to do that. There is a wealth of information provided by @SpaceInvaderOne on his Youtube page - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZDfnUn74N0WeAPvMqTOrtA/playlists See what you can learn there, then come back if you have more specific questions.
  8. Unbalance Plugin https://forums.unraid.net/topic/43651-plug-in-unbalance/
  9. What binhex said. I still preclear my drives before adding them to the array. Besides, if the drive in question is already failing/disabled/<whatever>, what difference is a day going to make for the preclear?
  10. I don't necessarily agree with the 5 - 6 year life span. My unraid equipment was pushing 10 years of continuous use when I upgraded (with the last 6 years being 24/7). A couple of my original 1TB drives were over 6 years of continuous use when I pulled them last year. I think it is more likely that software makes consumer equipment seem obsolete in about that time frame, so "we" buy new pc's. Like TV's, mine main (actually a projector) that is now 8 years old. I'm ready to upgrade, but it's just because I want some newer features not because it no longer works. With regard to the OP, I don't think you are running on borrowed time. However, you've already exceeded the average "useful" life of the equipment (as far as the general public is concerned) even if the equipment is still perfectly good. Once you isolate issues (connections, cards seated correctly, checking dimms, checking the power supply) it may simply be time to upgrade or replace parts as you decide.
  11. You can run plex or emby on unraid.
  12. Parity drive must be equal to or larger than your largest data drive.
  13. I'm running 70tb of sata drives, none of which are enterprise or designed for storage or similar, on which I store movies, tv shows, pictures, videos, etc. In the approximate 9 years I've been running unraid, I've had 2 drives actually fail and a handful that started "acting funny" that I replaced as a cautionary step. My drives have figuratively run the gamut of the "consumer" spectrum. I think HGST, WD, Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, Samsung about covers the brands, with sizes ranging from 1tb to 8tb. It seems that buying whatever drives you are comfortable with should be just fine. My choices always fall toward the value end of the $/TB spectrum. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/enterprise-drive-reliability/ https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/ https://www.backblaze.com/blog/best-hard-drive-q4-2014/
  14. Personally, Unraid is because I needed easily expandable storage - that ran on what I had. It just turns out it does more.
  15. Question 1): I don't think that's a good reason to use unraid. Question 2): Maybe Question 3):