Wanted to close the loop on this project. The last time we spoke, I had just ordered the hardware.
Here is what I did with it:
The drive – I added two 2TB drives since this picture was taken
Angled SATA cables – A lot cleaner
Nicely tied up!
The final product
Installing the OS
I wasn’t sure of what I would be installing so I tried a few things: Amahi, Freenas, Windows 7, etc. Eventually I just went with Windows Home Server (2008, since 2011 does not include Drive Extender), and here is how it looks:
In terms of safety nets:
- As I said all files are duplicated: If one of my drives fails, I’ll be okay.
- I have an extra 2TB drive that I am not using, in case one of the one I use fail.
- I store about 100GB of irreplaceable files (pictures, etc.) at Amazon. It cost me 10GB a month but give me the peace of mind of knowing that I will never lose my most precious data to fire, flood or theft. Those files are synced once a week automatically.
I am not only using this machine as a storage solution – That’d be a bit overkill. I am also running alt.binz and utorrent. They are both configured to load .torrent and .nzb files that I drop in a specific share and start downloading. All I need to do is dump the file in that directory and a few hours later I have my Linux Distros and other free, legal downloads!
Also, I am planning on running some flavor of virtualization so that I can run other OSes, Linuxes notably.