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  1. You can get a short pigtail going from your USB pins on the MB to a single USB port. Then you can plug the USB drive into the pigtail and then tuck it safely out of the way inside the case somewhere. That's what I did when i built my system a few years ago.
  2. Back about ten years ago, I decided I had a storage space problem. So I looked around to see what was available. I don't remember what was around at the time but I came across the unRAID product. So you load something on an USB and then boot to it and it then sees all the attached drives. Create shares, add data and you're good. It has data recovery as well in case of drive failure. Sounded pretty much agnostic as far as motherboard hardware was concerned. Interesting concept. And an online community with all kinds of info. Like any IT guy with 20+ years of hardware experience I had accumulated assorted old/unused small drives and out of date motherboards. Let me slap together something as a proof of concept thing real quick and see what happens. This was just as SATA was coming out. But my old boards only had IDE Master/Slave stuff. It was just stuff I had laying around. Got four assorted drives of unknown heritage from the junk box and stuffed them into an old case. Made the bootable USB and fired the whole mess up. Got the web console up and poked around. Yea, all the drives were listed. OK, biggest drive will be parity and the assorted leftovers will be drive space. I liked that idea because you could use what you had on hand, they didn't need to be the same size. Probably had a total of less than one TB of drive space scattered across the entire box. UnRAID got done prepping all the space and I set up some shares and copied test files to them. That was pretty straight forward. So I let it run a few days as I went on to other stuff in life. I brought the console up a few days later and saw that I had a drive failure. The drives did come from the junk box so that was sorta expected. Ok, let's see how this data protection things works. The shares were still there and so was the data. The parity drive was doing it's job. Nice. That's working as advertised. Almost got me sold at this point. Back to the online community and the assorted FAQ's. How do you recover the drive/data? Shut down, pull bad drive and insert another drive of same or larger size. Click a few buttons and the system kicks in and the data recovery begins and then new drive is repopulated with data. Only downtime was swapping out hardware. From the user point of view I couldn't tell anything was going on in the background as the data was being recovered. Ok, I'm sold. Take my money now. Bought a couple keys and a pair of USB drives in September of 2011. Don't remember for sure but I think they had a sale or something going at the time. I'm on my second specially built production server now. Got the second USB on the test box. it's just just an old desktop stuffed with the smaller drives I have pulled from the production box as I upsize it. 23 TB scattered across 8 drives with Plex running on the SSD. Yes, I'm happy with the product.
  3. Ok, something isn't right. I'm not seeing what i should. At this point i have physically removed the drive from the box. In the unRAID system i'm see that Disk 6 as "Not installed" but as far as i can tell the missing data is not being emulated. i have attached a new system diagnostic nas-1-diagnostics-20161021-1904.zip
  4. I was deleting old files in a share i didn't need any more when my Plex gave me an error about not being able to access the rest of a movie i was watching. That was when i discovered that drive 6 in my system was coming up as missing. i rebooted the NAS a couple times with no change. popped the case and reseated all the connections. nope, still broke. unRAID 6.2.1 ASUS H87I-PLUS motherboard Parity Seagate 3 TB 2x WD 2 TB 3x WD 1 TB 1x WD 2 TB (the problem drive)WDC_WD20EARX-00PASB0_WD-WCAZAL821 1x Kingston SSD Cache 250 GB PLEX Docker "Fix Common Problems" that's it on the extra's attached is the dump from unRAID>Tools>Diagnostics nas-1-diagnostics-20161020-1835.zip
  5. i might give his version a chance. how do i go about keeping the config directory out of RAM? i have a "test" unRAID box i can play around with until i get it right.
  6. I looked around but i can't get a straight answer to my issue. my Plex setup gets reset everytime i reboot the unRAID box. i have to go back and redo all my Plex shares again. I'm running a paid version of unRAID plus, version 5.0.6. I went to the Plex website and got the version for the unRAID, "v0.9.11.1.678-c48ffd2". The Plex file is in the flash/extra folder on the USB. i have a SSD cache drive In the settings page in the unRAID GUI i have the following: Library directory: /mnt/cache/apps/Plex Temp directory: /mnt/cache/apps/temp in the shares page i have the apps folder shared and set to "Use cache disk: Only" any suggestions?
  7. in reference to these errors you are getting "Machine Check Errors "MCE Error" i'm getting them as well, "NAS-1 kernel: mce: [Hardware Error]: Machine check events logged' I flashed the BIOS to the newest one i could find on the Asus site before i loaded unRAID, i think the version was 2002. next time i reboot i'll make a point of checking that. flashing your BIOS might not help that.
  8. got it from newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200294 should be here in a few days
  9. Only real difference is that i am running 4 gig of memory. I thought about bumping up the CPU as well but changed my mind. i have a 3 tb parity drive and (4) 1 tb data drives and (1) 640 gig data drive. once things settle down i will yank the 640 and stuff in a 2 tb drive to replace it.
  10. I went ahead last night and upgraded my old 4.7 frankenstein to 5.06 and then moved everything to the new box. The upgrade and the move went just fine. Did a parity check last night and another this morning before i left for work. temps are very reasonable. I'm looking around for some cable ties and velcro to get some of the wiring under control. My data drives are all in the slots but the parity is attached to the bottom plate. not really happy with how i have that positioned and cabled. the unRAID USB is currently attached to the back of the box. looking for a way to mount it inside. I scrounged up an old USB mount that i can use to plug into the MB but it's too bulky. i'll look around for something better i can use to internally mount the USB Once i get it cleaned up i'll take a few pictures.
  11. All the parts finally showed up yesterday. Somehow I managed to order laptop memory instead of desktop memory. Not sure how I did that. For $25 it's not worth the trouble of returning it. Went to our local Office Max (which is having a going out of business sale) and found 4 gig of memory for a good price. might grab some bigger drives later if the price is right. Now the assembly begins. First impression, is all this stuff gonna fit in this box? The box is really tight inside. You have to think about how you put the parts in it. I got part way through with assembly a couple of times and realized that I couldn't get to something and had to back up a few steps. Once i got it together i installed a single drive and loaded a copy of Win7 so that i could do a BIOS update. That went quickly. not sure that was really needed but i did it anyway. I gathered up 6 old drives and mounted them in the slots and booted it with the USB and unRAID 4.7 and discovered that 4.7 didn't see the NIC. i didn't spend any time doing any research online, it wasn't that big of deal. it did kinda changes my plans. I wanted to get this new one up on 4.7, do some testing and then do the upgrade to 5.x. I went ahead and loaded 5.06 on the USB and booted with it. Now we are good. NIC is up and i can get in now. I did a preclear on all the drives over night as a hardware burn in and things went fine. I didn't let the preclear finish this morning, i figured that 9-10 hours was enough of a burn in. Went ahead and created an array this morning and it's running the parity now. I also created a share and started copying about 80 gig of junk while it was running the parity just to stress things some more. I'll get back to it this afternoon and see hows it's going. i suspect i will upgrade the old box from 4.7 to 5.0 and then yank the drives and the USB and move them to the new box. Comments: Really tight with all the wiring, requires some thought and planning as you assembly it. i'll be going back and redoing some of the wiring to make it decent looking. no comment on drive temps since i've never had the sides on the case yet. Pros- Wow this thing is quiet! both case fans are running along with the CPU fan. barely a whisper. it's really quiet even with all the drive thrashing from the Windows load, preclear, and the parity creation. the drive mounting system is really good as far as drive vibration is concerned. no drive rattle. i can barely hear any drive head movement at all even with the covers off. boot time into unRAID is really quick, haven't measured it but it seems like seconds. Cons- none yet
  12. the frankenstein... the drives are about a month old, (5) 1 tb data and a 2 tb parity the rest of the stuff is at least 3-4 years old the plan is to create something nice for a change
  13. first some background, i was looking for some kind of storage device to hold my stuff back a couple of years ago. looked at appliances like Drobo but they had to many limitations to me and they were too pricey. i saw unRaid and it looked interesting. i'm kinda of pack rat and i had some old pc's laying around so i downloaded the demo version and tried it out. i stuffed some old drives of unknown heritage in a old pc and started playing around. created some folders, worked with permissions, copied files over and generally gave it road test. one day as i was playing with it i realized that one of the data drives had failed. (maybe that was why that drive was in my junk box....) all my data was still availible so that was a good sign. i hit the wiki and the forums to figure out what to do next. found another drive and went through the drive replacement process. yep everything worked as advertised and i was happy. the drive replacement with smoothly. of course the replacement drive failed a few days later so i got alot of drive replacement practice... now i'm sold, i went ahead and bought a couple 4.7 Plus keys and found a couple of old motherboards with IDE and SATA and got them going with new drives. i ran them for while and found someone who was getting rid of a pc that had 6 SATA connections and i combined both into the one i have now. i did have a couple of new drives fail and i would replace them and keep going. no problems at all. as i outgrew the space i would add a larger drive. i recently replaced all my drives with new 1 tb drives and i decided that it was time to update the OS and the hardware and retire my frankenstein box. i was looking at the box that "mr-hexen" built: http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=35184.0 that looked good to me so i figured i'll just do the same thing. parts have been ordered. i'm going to try and build something that looks nice inside for a change instead of this cobbled together frankenstein i've got now. once the parts come in i'll do the assembly and use the spare usb key and some old drives and burn in the hardware. i'll build the new system with 4.7 and create some shares and put some files on it and then upgrade it to 5.x to make sure i understand the upgrade process. then i'll carefully move the drives from the frankenstein box into the new one. i'm kinda fuzzy on that process but i hope to have it figured out by the time i get to that point. this is the first time i've tried to document a build so i'm learning that part as i go. i'll attempt to post pictures as i go. thanks for any input i can get!!
  14. no problem, i went ahead and ordered some stuff. i got basically the same setup coming in. i went a little more on the cpu and memory though. i'll go ahead and run it with my extra usb key and some spare drives to break it in then carefully transfer the drives from my old box as they say, some assembly may be required....