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  1. Could always get something like a RPC-4216 and put 4 x 2.5" cages in one (or both) of the 5.25" bays if you don't want to use drive adapters for the SSDs.
  2. What is special about that case to forego drive cages? I see it has the 2 position drive mount but otherwise it looks similar to other cases I've had still
  3. Settled in on a Corsair 330R. Case looks nice, should have decent air flow for the Norco cage (hopefully) and seems to fit the bill. I don't think I'll need to worry about jamming in another cage for a few years, so I'll figure out how to cut one in or buy a new case when the time comes. The 5 slots of the cage plus the SSD are going to have the SATA ports on my mobo maxed out anyway, so I'll probably be shopping for a new cpu/mobo by that time as well. To finish off my build, here is what I have: Corsair Carbide 330R Black Case Corsair CX750M PSU Norco SS-500 GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 (leftover) AMD-A63500 (leftover) Corsair DDR3 1866 2x4GB (leftover) OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD (leftover) 2x4TB WD Reds Last on the list is to buy unRAID and get this going
  4. I'm finally on my way to building an unRAID server! I'm cannibalizing an old computer for this (AMD A6 / microATX mobo). I have two 4TB reds, so initially I only plan to have 4TB storage and will build it out as needed. I'm looking at getting a Norco S5-500 cage as it seems like a good idea for upgrades and drive swaps (although I could hold off since I only have two drives to start). I'm stuck on trying to pick an enclosure though. This will probably sitting out in my office, so I want one that looks good. I like the Thermaltake T31 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133259&cm_re=urban_t31-_-11-133-259-_-Product). It has 3x5.25s for the first drive cage, but if I got to a point where I needed a second drive cage, are cases like these easily modifiable to cut in a second cage? I'm open to suggestions if anyone has a better case. I saw the Zalman MS800, and functionally it looks nice but I'm not big on how it looks.
  5. Can you elaborate on that, or if there are some major reasons not to other than just not having parity to start? The point for me to start with a one drive server is to get my media server off my desktop computer and on to my low power HTPC hardware that will be laying around. I could maybe start with a 2 drive server so I have the parity, but I want to try and avoid dropping a ton of coin on drives all at once, especially if I jump up to 6TB drives. As well as having 6TB of storage will last me a while before I fill that and need to expand.
  6. In addition to the cost / TB of the drives, it might make sense to consider the cost of SATA ports and case slots. Once you run out of those you will have to replace drives with larger ones. I say that having done so many times over the years since I have a small case. However, no regrets since I have just re-used the smaller drives for making backups. My re-purposed motherboard has 6 SATA now, so I'm left with 4 for storage after I use 1 for cache and 1 for parity. I think 16GB of max storage would get me well into the future, plus when I do upgrade the mobo/case I plan to make it a minimum of 8 SATA ports/slots. I don't have a "budget" for this set, other than I want to keep the cost low and I was wanting to stagger the costs over time by slowly adding drives, reusing hardware and such. My sorta-plan is this...if unRAID is capable. 1. Start with a 1x4TB server with my old hardware, no parity, as I test the waters. 2. Add a 4TB parity drive and SSD drive down the road when I have some funds available (or would doing this be a nightmare to reconfigure?) 3. Add drives as needed to build the array. 4. Upgrade the CPU/mobo/case when necessary Also, as drive sizes come down in the future, say I have 4TB drives with 1 4TB parity drive, can I switch the parity drive to a 6TB drive and start adding 6TB drives as I build the array, using a mixed bag of sizes like that? Might be a little tight depending on what you do with it. If you only use it for apps and don't cache user share writes it will probably be OK to start with. I have 120GB but only use it for apps and it is only 40% full. From that, I take it that having an SSD will improve the performance of my server/applications? 256GB 850 Pros are sub $100 now I think, so that seems reasonable if I'll get some performance in return for adding one.
  7. Hey everyone, I'm looking at making my first unRAID server. Right now, I have Emby (MediaBrowser), CouchPotato, and Sonarr running on my desktop computer that I am looking to offload to a dedicated server. I'm replacing my AMD A6-3500 HTPC in the coming months that will become my new server until I buy something else. Right now though, I'm looking at harddrives. I have a 1.5TB single drive that is starting to fill up and I was thinking to replace it with my first planned server drive to use until I actually build the server. I have a couple questions about drives: 1. Is 4TB a good size drive at this point in time to go with? Or would it be better to start off with 6TB, while expensive now I know they'll come down in price? I don't know how big of a server I really need at this time (I'd imagine 12-15TB would be plenty for the next 3-5years), but I want to be able to expand my array as needed. 2. Do you guys have a preference of Seagate NAS or WD Reds? I see lots of people here run Reds, however, Seagates are $120 at Newegg right now for 4TB and I'm thinking of jumping on that. 3. Can I start unRAID with a filled drive if I get one now to start using, or does it have to be empty initally? I'm not sure when I'll have my HTPC freed up to become an unRAID server. 4. For a server with applications running, do you guys recommend a SSD cache disk? If so, how big? I have a 60GB in my HTPC, but not sure if that is big enough. Crap I didn't see there was a storage specific forum on here. Mods please move