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  1. Greetings, Do two parity drives need to be connected to the same onboard controller used by 5 data drives? In other words, a motherboard I'm thinking about buying has 5 SATA ports assigned to an onboard INTEL controller and 5 additional SATA ports assigned to a LSI onboard controller. So if I go about connecting 5 data drives to the INTEL controller assigned SATA ports and 2 Parity drives to the LSI controller assigned SATA ports will Unraid still work correctly in such a configuration scenario? Can an Unraid array successfully work when it spans across two different onboard controllers? Any opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Thanks to all for your post and I have one more post for the evening. I am changing to a Deep Silence 6 Super Tower Case because of three reasons listed below: The Mountain Mod case is just way too big to fit where I need it to fit. Plus 42 hard drive capacity is too much for me. The Mountain Mod case has no silence padding. In contrast, the Deep Silence 6 case has exceptional sound isolation padding. The Deep Silence 6 has space for up to twenty five 3.5" hard drives which is more than enough future growth space for me. Lastly, I learned the Asrock X99 Extreme 11 has the 18 onboard SATA ports assigned to two different controllers. 10 SATA ports are assigned to an INTEL onboard controller. And 8 SATA ports are assigned to a LSI onboard controller. Can anyone out there please answer the following question. Does UNRAID care if I attach ten 12TB data hard drives to the ten SATA ports assigned to the INTEL controller while at the same time connecting the two parity hard drives to the two SATA ports assigned to the LSI controller? In other words, will having the two parity drives operate under a different LSI controller compared to the ten 12TB data drives operating under a separate INTEL controller going to create a problem for me when the time comes to setup my UNraid system? Or is UnRaid fully capable of operating with two different controllers at the same time? If the answer is no, is the best solution to buy a LSI Logic 3ware 9750-24i4e 28-port SASRAID Controller ? I hope someone out there can answer my question because this potential problem has me stumped. Thanks for your help with this matter.
  3. Jonathanm, Thanks for your post. Most likely I don't have an immediate need for that much storage. My reasoning is I just want to set the system up a single time and not mess with it for a very long time. Nevertheless, what you are saying makes a lot of sense. Drive prices go down all of the time and it may make more economic sense to build the Unraid system capacity gradually. As for the two parity drives being able to recreate the lost data from a failed drive, I have to say that is good news. Now the extra cost to adding two parity drives makes a lot of sense to me.
  4. Benson, Thanks for your post. May you please clarify the following. You mention 8643 socket/plug HBA, and 8087 socket/plug. Are you talking about SAS controller cards? Or are you talking about cables? Can you post some links that will show me what component you are talking about because it is not clear to me. Thank you for your help.
  5. Frank1940 , Thanks for your postings. The purpose I am planning for this Unraid system is to use it as a PLEX server so I could stream video to my Smart TV or music to my stereo and also for archiving a bunch of video footage from a video business I use to own. Right now I have no need for Virtual Machines on it but in the future when I learn more about setting up virtual machines I may consider setting up Ubuntu 18 and/or Windows 10. Additionally, I'm looking at Asrock motherboards setup with a 5th generation Intel Core i7-5775C 3.3 GHz LGA1150 Processor with 32 gigabytes of RAM. My thinking is this much processing power should be more than enough to stream some multimedia in my home network. Regarding the fans. Somewhere I read a post Unraid has a setting that enables one to put the hard drives not in use to sleep which I think would help power use and fans keeping things cool. I will try to find the posting where I read this so I can determine if I understood it correctly.
  6. Jonathanm, Thank you for your post. I am still a newbie with this new tech so I'm sorry for tripping up. What I meant was an Unraid array setup with ten 12TB hard drives for data and two 12TB hard drives for parity. The totals I estimate are 120TB for data and 24TB for parity. I hope you can clarify the following for me. If five years from now one of my 12TB hard drives breaks down mechanically can Unraid recreate the lost data by using the two Parity hard drives? I'm asking this because you mention "Parity is not a substitute for backups" but confusing the matter for me is this post where shEiD asks, "Does it really mean, that having unRAID use dual parity I could recover from ANY 2 drives failing?" and the answer he gets is a "Yes" (second post from the top). If I am not mistaken in the Raid6 world two hard drives failing does not mean you lose the data from both failed drives because the RAID6 stryping technology re-creates your lost data. I was assuming the same holds true in the Unraid world by using two parity drives. In short, it will help me a lot if you can explain to me why it makes economic sense to spend the extra cost of setting up two Unraid parity drives if in the case of future drive failure the two parity drives cannot re-create the lost data? In my opinion, all of this emphasizes the importance of not being cheap when it comes to buying hard drives for an Unraid array and instead spend the extra money on buying enterprise rated hard drives that are designed to last a very long time. I'm considering buying Seagate Exos 12TB enterprise hard drives however I am still in the process of confirming if they are really the best quality enterprise level hard drives for sale in the market right now. Again thanks for participating in this thread.
  7. Greetings, I would appreciate any comments on my Unraid configuration which is still in the planning phase. My choices are driven by the following three needs: I need the system to be as silent as possible. I need the system to offer the most future expansion as possible. I need the system to be as reliable as possible. Below are the components I am considering: For the case I am looking at the Mountain Mods Ascension PC Case. It can hold 42 hard drives. For Hard drives I'm considering twelve Seagate Exos 12TB hard drives. Two of them will be sacrificed for Unraid backup. For Hard drive cooling fans I am considering fourteen Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin 120mm fans. For Power Supply I am considering the Seasonic PRIME 600 watt Titanium Fanless power supply. To increase the quantity of SATA ports I am considering the LSI Logic 3ware 9750-24i4e 28-port SAS RAID Controller. For the motherboard I am considering to options. One is the Asrock X99 Extreme 11 which has 18 onboard SATA ports. The second one is the Asrock Z87 Extreme11/ac which has 22 onboard SATA ports. Below are my questions regarding my configuration: Are my motherboard options good choices? I would like to go with a SuperMicro motherboard. But they do not make a motherboard that matches the quantity of SATA ports the Asrock motherboards offer. From what I gather, these two Asrock motherboards are the only motherboards that offer such an insane amount of onboard SATA ports. If I am wrong, please post any other motherboard options that have 18 to 22 onboard SATA ports. Is the LSI 9750-24i4e Controller compatible with either of the two Asrock motherboards? Will it support 12TB hard drives? Can the RAID be disabled so 24 SATA ports can be used in no form of RAID setup? Am I correct to think the Seagate Exos 12TB hard drives are the most reliable hard drives for sale in the market? If no, I would appreciate any other suggestions. Is a 600 watt power supply adequate? From what I know about Unraid, one has the ability to prevent all 12 drives from spinning at the same time. Therefore, my thinking is I do not really need a 1200 watt power supply. Is this thinking correct? Is my case good choice? Any opinions on alternative choices will be appreciated. I was considering a Supermicro SC846 chassis however it generates a lot of noise so that killed it as an option. What I like about the Mountain Mods Ascension PC case is how it offers a lot of space for future growth. Those are a few of the most important questions I have for now. I hope to read any opinions that will provide new insights into configuring the best possible Unraid system to meet my three needs. Thanks in advance for any help regarding this matter.
  8. Thank you to all for contributing to this post. In hindsight five years ago I should have decided on setting up an Unraid system over a RAID 5 system. It would have been a smarter move because now I have a lot of work ahead me in building a new Unraid system from scratch.
  9. Thank you to everybody for their postings. I have the following analogy as a followup question. Let's say I have an empty shoebox and it fills up with 100% of my baseball card collection. Nevertheless, I keep on buying baseball cards and to properly store them I need to acquire a second empty shoebox. If the first shoebox represents an UnRaid User Share I named "baseball card collection" and it resides on a 1TB hard drive, does adding a second shoebox (second 1TB hard drive) require I make a new UnRaid User Share called "baseball card collection Part 2"? Or will UnRaid allow me to add a second 1TB hard drive under the original "baseball card collection" User Share? I'm just basically trying to understand how UnRaid handles spill over data when you run out of hard drive space and need to add a new hard drive. Can the original "baseball card collection" User Share be indefinitely expanded with new hard drives additions to it? If the answer is yes, that will be cool. Because I can keep my User Shares to minimum amount. Thanks to all again for your postings and I plan to hit some of the Unraid learning material this weekend.
  10. Fellow Forum Members, I have a RAID 5 setup with 10 drives in my home network. All 10 drives appear as a single drive letter in my Windows 10 ThisPC window. Is the same possible with an UNRAID setup made up of 10 hard drives? In other words, will I see 10 separate hard drive letters with a UNRAID network setup? Or is there a way to make all 10 UNRAID hard drives appear as a single volume in my home network connection in my Windows 10 ThisPC window? Any post that will clarify this matter for me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.