HowtoForge has detailed instructions for setting up a fileserver by focusing on the relevant parts of SME Server.
Month: February 2007
Building your own Nas
WhatPC? brings a complete NAS building guide involving Mini-ITX motherboards, Promise hardware RAID, and NASLite commercial NAS operating system.
DIY RAID 5 NAS Server Worklog
This blog contains full instructions, including links and pictures of all hardware needed, to build a 1+ TB NAS. Windows XP is used as the software, while a Highpoint RocketRAID hardware RAID card takes care of the drives.
I did some research into building a network attached storage (NAS) server, and bought the appropriate hardware online. I’ll cover the steps I took to build a homebrew NAS server capable of offering 1Tb of redundant RAID 5 storage.
10 free storage utilities
Computerworld is recommending 10 free storage utilities for NAS and SAN use. Number 2 on the list is FreeNAS.
400GB Hard Disk Drives in RAID 0, RAID 5 and RAID 10 Arrays: Performance Analysis
X-bit labs benchmarks several different models of 400 GB SATA drives in four drive raid arrays. Tests are done using an Areca ARC1220 RAID controller, probably on Windows.
RAID Recovery: The Data Knight Kroll Ontrack To The Rescue!
Tom’s Hardware goes into Ontrack and reports on the world of data recover. Lots of good information on data recovery and costs. Recovering data from “RAID systems can reach the five-digit zone rather quickly”, so it’s definitely worth investing in a good backup mechanism before disaster occurs.
Hard drive failure is especially disastrous for smaller companies working with a single server and a single disk, if they do not have a complete and working data backup at hand. The whole situation is even more complicated if the broken hard drive is a member of a RAID array. Neither hard drive failure in RAID 1 nor RAID 5 will result in data loss, since this scenario has been taken care of by the choice of these RAID levels in advance. But the risk of human error increases: self-made data loss occurs if you accidentally substitute the wrong drive in a degraded RAID 5 array (one with a failed hard drive).
Western Digital gets NASty with My Book World Edition HDDs
Engadget is reporting that Western Digital has added NAS to some of their My Book external USB/Firewire drives.
Network-Attached Storage With FreeNAS
Howto Forge has a great howto for installing and configuring FreeNAS 0.68.
This tutorial shows how you can set up a network-attached storage server with FreeNAS. FreeNAS is based on the FreeBSD operating system and supports CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC, SSH, local user authentication, and software RAID (0, 1, 5). It comes with a powerful web interface and uses very little space on the hard drive – about 32MB.
Build a Cheap and Fast RAID 5 NAS
SmallNetBuilder’s guide to building your own NAS device. In it they use a standard PC with an LSI Logic MegaRAID hardware-based RAID card. Included are step-by-step screenshots on setting up the RAID device using the MegaRAID’s bios, and benchmark of the machine while running Ubuntu Linux and FreeNAS.
DIY NAS Smackdown
SmallNetBuilder has benchmarks of file access to Ubuntu Linux and Clarkconnect over Samba. Included are instructions for setting up the software on both systems, and a guide to the hardware used in the project.
How We Test: Networked Storage Devices
Tom’s Hardware’s SmallNetBuilder describes their methodes for benchmarking NAS devices with IOzone.
Western Digital WD740ADFD: Bottled Lightning
AnandTech reviews the latest update to Western Digital’s 74 GB 10,000 RPM hard drive.
Over the course of the last couple of years, the 8MB cache drive has been enhanced with minor revisions with one of the latest versions, WD740GD-00FLC0, receiving tweaks that significantly improved its performance in single-user applications.
Seagate Barracuda ES Hard Drive Review
The Tech Report reviews the Seagate Barracuda ES hard drive. This ES drive is the enterprise edition of the 7200.10. Differences include better performance when dealing with vibration, and a shorter error timeout period so the drive won’t drop out of RAID arrays.
Server Guide part 2: Affordable and Manageable Storage
AnandTech has a server guide for SCSI, SAS, and enterprise SATA hard drives.
Infrant Technologies’ ReadyNAS NV: Enterprise Features, Desktop Footprint
AnandTech reviews the Infrant ReadyNAS NV.