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Post by Splash » Wed 18 May, 2011 2:27 pm

I rang yesterday before shit got crazy. The first time I tried I got his voicemail, so I sent an email. Didn't want to miss out again so I called a second time and got straight through. He was reading my email as I called.
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Post by cGr » Wed 18 May, 2011 2:30 pm

Yeh, I reckon the ship has saled for even HP to still have stock.

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Post by spitex » Wed 18 May, 2011 4:50 pm

LOL @ Jnr buying 3 ... leading the rAU nerdstampede :D

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Post by Jnr_Zilla » Wed 18 May, 2011 5:01 pm

ssshhhh :P
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Post by cGr » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:53 pm

Sell me one... :D

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Post by Jnr_Zilla » Wed 18 May, 2011 11:46 pm

call hp cam.. :P

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Post by spitex » Thu 19 May, 2011 11:07 am

HP Just canned the promo hahaha .... nerdstampede beats HP :P

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Post by cGr » Thu 19 May, 2011 12:12 pm

I tried bavani this morning and couldnt get through.

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Post by spitex » Thu 19 May, 2011 12:35 pm

cGr wrote:I tried bavani this morning and couldnt get through.
You public servants just dont try hard enough ... lol

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Post by Splash » Mon 06 Jun, 2011 5:48 pm

I've managed to squeeze 6 x 3.5" drives in mine. (5 2tb WD greens and one 2tb hitachi coolspin)

I hacked up a drive cage from another case, plus a 5.25 to 3.5 converter.

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I used the ODD sata port for one of the extra drives and I was going to use the esata port for the other, but I decided I wanted to keep the available for external drives. So instead I installed this SAS adapter I pulled out of an IBM server:

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This gives me 4 extra sata connections, I used one of them for the 6th drive and also one for a 7th - a 2.5" drive I stuffed in the space between the top bay and the cold swap bays.

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Final pic with everything installed:

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I've still got two spare sata connections, might try to jam another 2.5" drive or two in there somewhere :)
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Post by dorift » Mon 06 Jun, 2011 8:01 pm

Jesus Christ!
Do you use the cloud? Maaaaaan I'd be shitting if I had that much data.
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Post by Splash » Mon 06 Jun, 2011 8:23 pm

It's mostly tv series and movies. I'd be pissed if I lost it, but it can be replaced.

Photos and other important stuff gets backed up elsewhere.

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The little 2.5" drive isn't in the storage pool. It's a spool drive for sickbeard/sabnzbd to use.

Fair bit of free space atm, but it's decreasing by about 50-60 GB per day atm :D

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Post by spitex » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 7:29 am

Seriously, how good are these boxes Danny?

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Post by cGr » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 8:53 am

I'm still mildly jealous.

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Post by Jonesy » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 10:30 am

After struggling with my old machine i'm now thinking of buying one from Europe at the moment cause they are still "cheap"

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Post by spitex » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 4:10 pm

I have been tinkering a little with my first Microserver and have long had plans to put ANOTHER 4 hard drives into it. Problem is, you can't fit 4 more 3.5" drives into this chasses - so I had to move to laptop sized drives!

I had some vouchers and stuff with a certain shop and buying EXTERNAL 2.5" Laptop HDD's is cheaper than buying them as internal drives. Don't ask me why, it must be a volume thing. Anyway, I got this caddy/mobile rack system:

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I had to then source the drives. The largest capacity 2.5" drives available on the market at the moment are 1TB. I wanted to use my vouchers and all the stores I looked at weren't selling brands that I knew had usable drives in the external caddys. I bought a drive I could find out nothing about but had a 'hunch' it would be ok based on previous models they manufactured. Turned out to be a WD Scorpio drive internally which is perfect. I took the drive out of the portable chassis and put it into the Supermicro.

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Here's a price comparison of the drives - same hardware on the inside.

$109 - Buffalo 1TB External Portable Drive - www.binglee.com.au
$139 - WD Scorpio 1TB - www.umart.com.au

I bought the 4x Buffalo's and got $50 cashback too.

YAAAY - Another 4TB which will be installed in the optical bay of the Microserver. I am still waiting for the next 3 drives to arrive, but just wanted to show the kinds of things this little box is capable of ;).

My Microserver's (Footstool) configuration:
Operating System: Ubuntu Linux 11.04
RAM: 8GB

Disk Configuration:
5 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda Greens in RAID5
4 x 1TB WD Scorpio Blue 2.5" in RAID0 (4TB stripe)
1 x 8GB USB System Drive
1 x IBM SAS/SATA2 Controller Card (powers the disks in the SuperMicro M14T)

Disk Storage Capacity
14 TB RAW - Using RAID0, JBOD, or NO RAID at all
11.8 TB - Using RAID5 for 3.5" Drives and RAID0 for 2.5" Drives


Just a note. the 2.5" Drives are fuckin expensive as GB vs $$ and so is all the other shit that you need to power the bays etc. Sure, it's not economical but this is one hell of a NAS :D and still costs less than a QNAP and has 100 more features.

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Post by cGr » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 4:52 pm

I appreciate the 'because I can' mentality of this work.

I question the actual need to have 14tb of storage online at once.

I resent the day in 3 years time when danny, ryan and noel are duking it out to see who is the first to use 4x200tb 3.5" hdd's + 4x100tb 2.5" hdd's to break through the pentabyte mark.

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Post by DreamensioN » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:03 pm

LOL.

In 2000, I bought a Promise (that's the brand) ATA66 controller card. There was a well known hack that you could do to it, by jumping a pin on the chip, and putting a resistor somewhere, that you could then reflash the card to a Promise ATA100 RAID controller card. This meant you could save around $400 buying the cheap ATA66 card, as oppose to the expensive RAID controller version.

I then went to Sunlit at Cooparoo, and bought 3 x 40Gb HDD's - which cost me $1000. 120Gb was unheard of back in those days, and I remember the guy looking at me like "WTF are you going to do with all this?"

That 120Gb lasted me right up until late 2007. Surprisingly - the hacked PCI controller card also lasted that long.

haha your'e right...nobody needs this much storage space for personal use. Just like nobody needs a V10 Lamborghini. But.... it's still nice to have one. :P

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Post by spitex » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:37 pm

cGr wrote: I question the actual need to have 14tb of storage online at once.

I resent the day in 3 years time when danny, ryan and noel are duking it out to see who is the first to use 4x200tb 3.5" hdd's + 4x100tb 2.5" hdd's to break through the pentabyte mark.
Come around mate, I'll show you why I need it :P

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Post by daBOODA » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:49 pm

The data generated by the project I'm working on now could fill 1,000 gigs in about 5 weeks :/
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