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What parity check speeds do you all get in the N36L? The drives precleared at 70-80MB/s but the preclear is only running at 25MB/s.

 

Is there something wrong somewhere?

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I write to the array around that speed. (25mb/s)

 

Chipset limitations i guess

Now the parity has built, I get the same, initially its 112MB/s but falls off a cliff to around 25MB/s as you said.

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Hey there, last post is 2 years old. I want to know: is this machine still a quick win for driving 6 disks? I already have this unit at my home and was thinking of converting it to unraid. Anyone still with this unit? Did you happen to get faster than 25mb ?  Thanks !

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Hi, this box is designed for 5 drives, I have a 6th cache drive installed by using the esata port on the back and phishing the cable back in the case, connected to a 500 gig 2.5 drive i just have laying inside.

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Hi, yes. Still got 2 of them running. If you need to load them with lots of data, simply start without parity disk and then rebuild parity once you're done with the transfers.

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Great, I did the switch 2 weeks ago and now formatting my last drive to add to array :)

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Glad to see people are still using these. I got one years ago and I wish I had picked up a second one back in 2013. Then I could have replaced one of my unRAID setups using the oldest hardware. I also use four external enclosures with mine. And has been working great for many years.

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16 hours ago, aaronwt said:

Glad to see people are still using these. I got one years ago and I wish I had picked up a second one back in 2013. Then I could have replaced one of my unRAID setups using the oldest hardware. I also use four external enclosures with mine. And has been working great for many years.

If you want mine please PM me. I don't use it any more. It has the hard drives and also one spare as a potential swap out if one failed.

 

I did have unraid on it but upgraded this to windows. You could easily stick unraid back on it again.

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19 hours ago, aaronwt said:

Glad to see people are still using these. I got one years ago and I wish I had picked up a second one back in 2013. Then I could have replaced one of my unRAID setups using the oldest hardware. I also use four external enclosures with mine. And has been working great for many years.

I also have one to give away (out of 3). London, UK. PM me if you're near.

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Hi guys. I thought I'd share my experience with this little gem. I have been running one (N40L) 24/7 since 2012. Amazing little box. Other than the occasional OS update, its uptime has been an amazing 100%. The original HDDs when setup are still in use. Those are four WD 3TB (1 red for parity and 3 greens); one 2TB Seagate Green I had from a prior build; and, one 2.5" 1 TB WD Blue used as a cache drive. My 11 TB array has now less than 10% free space. I guess it is time for an upgrade. So I started with buying HDD. (Good enough offers so I couldn't resist). I now have 6x WD My Book (4x 10 TB and 2x 8 TB). They all are WD Whites and are now pre-cleared.

 

The main use for my shoebox is to serve - without transcoding, though if I found a 1050 that'd fit, I will squeeze it in to assist with - a few kodi boxes using the Emby docker. (Although I have started looking into Jellyfin). 

Other dockers used are Sickchill, Deluge VPN and Let's Encrypt for connecting two remote kodi boxes. The server has 8 GB of RAM and only less than half is used. So I am considering giving the server more to do and adding nextcloud and OpenVPN but I don't know whether the CPU has enough stamina. I might have reached the limit of this box.

 

What do you think? Are you guys getting more out of them? Should I consider building from scratch, in which case, the Ryzen 5 2600 looks appealing (I saw one for 100 euros new yesterday) even if I currently have no use for VMs...

 

Voila, my 2cents using this box. Comments are welcome, especially if you use it differently or have found a more recent replacement.

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Hi All,

 

For anyone struggling with then sensors on the N54L (this probably applies to the N36/40L as well), specifically with lm_sensors and the Dynamix System Temp plugin, and the temperatures not displaying correctly and/or settings appearing to 'clear' after applying them, add the following bus command to your /etc/sensors.d/sensors.conf file* - 

bus "i2c-1" "SMBus PIIX4 adapter port 2 at 0b00"

Unfortunately errors aren't forwarded to the WebUI on the plugin and for a Unraid newbie, it took me a few days to realise that there is an issue (or bug) with the w83795 driver and lm_sensors/Dynamix System Temp plugin on the N54L where the generated sensors.conf isn't entirely correct causing 'Undeclared bus id referenced' and 'sensors_init: Can't parse bus name' errors.

Loading the k10temp driver on it's own for the CPU temperature works A-OK; loading the w83795 driver (sensor ID - w83795adg-i2c-1-2f) causes it all to fall over.

 

I still get a few errors (eg - w83795adg-i2c-1-2f: No such subfeature known) running sensors -s with the lines 65 and 66 around setting the minimum and maximum for the inl4 sensor/value on the w83795adg-* driver but it doesn't appear to affect anything within Unraid/Dashboard.

 

Hopefully this helps someone; apologies if this is common knowledge but Googling didn't seem to give me a direct answer.

 

* Might be worth copying the contents to /boot/config/plugins/dynamix.system.temp/sensors.conf file as well.

 

Edit - Just to add, my entire sensors.conf file is below in case anyone wants to do a copy 'n' paste, although it's worth noting that i'm not entirely sure temp5 is the correct sensor for the motherboard temperature on the N54L - 

# Set N54L Bus
bus "i2c-1" "SMBus PIIX4 adapter port 2 at 0b00"

# K10 Sensor for CPU
chip "k10temp-pci-00c3"
label "temp1" "CPU Temp"

# W83795 Sensors for MB + Fan PWM
chip "w83795adg-i2c-1-2f"
label "temp5" "MB Temp"
chip "w83795adg-i2c-1-2f"
label "fan1" "Array Fan"

 

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