Victor90 Posted August 16, 2022 Share Posted August 16, 2022 (edited) Hi. I've been looking around regarding unraid, finally got all the gear I need to convert my PC to a unraid PC. I currently have a 1x 6TB drive, 2x 8TB drive and a 256GB M.2 SSD (which currently houses Windows). I have another 8TB drive laying around and have plans to add 5x more 8TB drives in the immediate future, bringing me up to 8x 8TB drives and 1x6TB drive. 1. How exactly does unraid distribute data across disks? When I install Unraid and set it up, will the files between drives be immediately shuffled around and a disk will be chosen for parity or does it remain as-is? 2. Once unraid is done setting up, I'll have one huge virtual disk that I can simply network map in my Windows devices? How do I determine which files go on which disk in my NAS system, or is it all done automatically? 3. What's the easiest way to have my NAS' disk available to me when I'm outside my home network? I've heard about VPNing in into my home network, how does that work, what's the easiest way to do it? Part of the reason why I'm doing a NAS build is because I want to have all my files available to me 24/7, whether I'm on a mobile phone, my laptop or my tablet. 4. Cache drive - how important is it to have a cache drive? I have the 256GB m.2 ssd I've mentioned before and can add one more to the secondary mobo M.2 slot. 5. Virtualization. I've heard that unraid runs docker, which is perfect, however I'd also need to run Windows in a VM for a Windows app that has no Linux port - where does unraid store VM containers (in terms of data)? Could I possibly just set a 512GB SSD in my secondary M.2 slot on MOBO, partition it to 2x 256GB partitions, use one for my secondary cache drive, use second for docker, VM, etc within unraid? I think I've forgotten something else but I'll ask if I remember. Thank You for the help in advance! (I'm terribly sorry, posted the other topic in the wrong section, deleted it now) Edited August 16, 2022 by Victor90 Quote Link to comment
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