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Preparing for First Build - One Big Question


boy914

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Greetings,

 

First, let me say that this forum is fantastic. I've spent a few days reading through the unRAID manuals (official and unofficial), selecting and ordering components (using Raj's build as a starting point), and laying out a share/split structure that I believe will work well for my needs. My goal is to use unRAID for two very common scenarios: media storage + PVR (Sickbeard, Couch Potato, etc) and computer backup storage. I'm a software developer with zero Linux experience, but I've found everything here very easy to follow and I can't wait to get started.

 

Here's the Big Question: 4.7 or the latest 5.x beta?

 

My considerations:

  • I was planning on 4.7, until I started reading about Time Machine issues. We've already had to restore my wife's MacBook from backup once after a hard drive failure (via the WD USB drive we're using today), and from what I can tell, backing up to SMB is tricky but doable, but I'm not convinced that restoring from SMB is going to work.
  • All of my "must have" data (documents, pictures, etc) is already backed up to The Cloud, so while it would be a major pain to lose everything to a beta software failure, it wouldn't be the end of the world
  • I only have 3 drives available right now, and with prices what they are, I don't plan on buying more until I can get a good 2TB drive for under $100. I'm not sure how the AFP implementation in 5.x works, but if it requires a dedicated drive, I'll take my chances with SMB and stick with 4.7.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!

Rick

 

Oh, and if anyone cares:

  • ZOTAC GF6100-E-E w/ Sempron 145, 2GB Kingston, CORSAIR CX500 ($110 after rebates for everything!)
  • (2) 1TB + (1) 500GB drives - Unsure about models, etc. Once prices come down, they'll be replaced with shiny new ones.
  • Random spare PC case

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if you don't have any 2TB+ drives 4.7 is the latest stable Production version

any 5.xx are beta versions

 

I personally just build my first unRaid with 5.0B13 and it is working ok.

but in my case I need to use beta  as my NIC is one of the 81111E chipsets which is not supported by 4.7

 

your choice  :-)

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Thanks for the quick reply!

 

Anyone else have advice with regard to AFP & Time Machine? The more I look into it, the more I'm leaning towards the 5 beta 14 route, but I want to be sure that having an AFP share won't require dedicating an entire hard drive.

 

Thanks!

Rick

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Thanks for the quick reply!

 

Anyone else have advice with regard to AFP & Time Machine? The more I look into it, the more I'm leaning towards the 5 beta 14 route, but I want to be sure that having an AFP share won't require dedicating an entire hard drive.

 

Thanks!

Rick

 

An AFP share does not require a dedicated drive. Any share can use any combination of AFP, SMB, and NFS.

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