[kwlug-disc] (Home) External Storage?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Aug 6 08:21:15 EDT 2009

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If you insist on RAID 5 then your only options are a real (expensive)
NAS box, or to build your own from a real computer.  Ditto if you want
better than 10MB/s transfer speeds.

RAID 1 is probably good enough for home.  You can set mdadm up with a
hot spare (or two).  With AHCI capable motherboards you can have
hot-swap too. Drives are cheap and you'll get better performance than

unsolicited wrote:
> <sigh> Only two bays. Thus, no RAID 5.
> Really wouldn't want to limit myself to 2 bays. Especially when trying
> to migrate to a higher capacity drive.
> Not certain how important RAID 5 is though. It is cheaper if you're
> RAIDing and have 2 data drives, which is to say, 3 (2+parity) drives
> total. And costs go down as you increase the # of drives. And would gain
> hot swapping. Would guard against hardware failure.
> Or, buy 2 units and sync. every night. Would add guarding against user
> failure, for 24 hours at least.
> Raul Suarez wrote, On 08/06/2009 1:49 AM:
>> When I went to check at Canada computers I came across this one
>> http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=024809&cid=NT.791
>> Which seems to be also Linux based.
>> I got curious and found this review.
>> http://www.cluboverclocker.com/reviews/networking/NAS/Patriot/Corza/p1.asp
>> --- On Thu, 7/30/09, Gary Walsh <gwalsh at notw.ca> wrote:
>>> From: Gary Walsh <gwalsh at notw.ca>
>>> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] (Home) External Storage?
>>> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
>>> Received: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 11:34 PM
>>> On Thu, 2009-07-30 at 21:28 -0400,
>>> unsolicited wrote:
>>>> So, multi-bay external net connected storage. Ideas?
>>> Suggestions?
>>>> Experiences?
>>> I am happy with a Dlink DNS323 (http://www.dlink.ca/products/?pid=509)
>>> (http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowSearchList)
>>> .  It is
>>> linux based. Drives are ext2 formatted.  There is 3rd
>>> party software
>>> that you can install on it. See the DNS323Wiki here:
>>> http://wiki.dns323.info/.  If you get one, make
>>> sure you have the latest
>>> firmware before you put anything on it.
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