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I have had this acer mini server for years and it's been sitting just waiting for some love.  Well, in the next week or so I will be firing it up for a NAS storage unit for our businesses. I have been doing some research and I can supposedly install a bootloader from sinology to make this into  a "new" NAS unit.  I will be adding the noctua cooling solutions to it as I think It has a 120mm fan space in the rear and I will get the low profile cpu cooler for the system. 

For drives I will install 4 8tb Seagates and run them in a raid array to give protection of data. If I can't get this to work correctly I may swap in a whole new board, chip and go that route for the server.  Either way,  it will be setup in the next two week for use! 

 

I will keep a progress report going once I start in on it!

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I figure once I get up and running with the photography/videography/design business, I will need all the storage I can get.  So building for future needs.  I have over 10tb of personal stuff right now on 5 drives hanging around the house and workshop.  I don't think it will take long to be going into more after doing work for others. 

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I think it's all I can fit in there.  It's an older system, and I think the max drive you can actually fit it 2tb each but I am going to try to see if it will see the 8tb drive.  If so, plan moves ahead, if not.  I will get a synology NAS box and load it up!

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Funny we are doing similar projects.  I just put together an HP Mediasmart server and upgraded it to a quad-core xeon with 4GB of ram.  I put 3x8TB drives and a 14TB drive in it for backups. It's not fast, but it runs UnRAID and is small enough to fit in my fire safe.

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3 hours ago, Custom90gt said:

Funny we are doing similar projects.  I just put together an HP Mediasmart server and upgraded it to a quad-core xeon with 4GB of ram.  I put 3x8TB drives and a 14TB drive in it for backups. It's not fast, but it runs UnRAID and is small enough to fit in my fire safe.

That's why I want to use this system.  It fits in my printer stand like a smack in the face.  I will take a picture after of the spot it sits in.  I don't need fast,  I need Lots of storage after I am finished with a project.  Got any pics of your system?  

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14 hours ago, kojack said:

That's why I want to use this system.  It fits in my printer stand like a smack in the face.  I will take a picture after of the spot it sits in.  I don't need fast,  I need Lots of storage after I am finished with a project.  Got any pics of your system?  

 

Sure, here it is next the the server:

 

It's not a bad little build considering I have <$75 into it excluding the drives. 

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9 hours ago, Custom90gt said:

 

Sure, here it is next the the server:

 

It's not a bad little build considering I have <$75 into it excluding the drives. 

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Cool.  Love the older HP cases.  shiny coolness.  I will grab a shot of mine tomorrow and post it for you! I am into mine for zero since I scabbed it from our business when we were closing.  ha ha.!  mods will be my only cost.  I love that little machine you have there though.  reminds me of my DV7 notebook!  awesome external system chitty motherboard. 

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Here's my little rig in it's home.  Once upgraded I will see what it can do.  

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I need to get my office cleaned up and set up correctly.  The stand that the server is in, is going to be painted I think.  I am still undecided on that, as the desk I am going to use for writing etc is the same color and my new editing desk is black.  Decisions decisions.  I love old stuff.  Old cameras, old computers, old bicycles, etc.  It brings me back to that time.  

 

 

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On 1/11/2023 at 6:32 PM, ryan said:

like I say keep us posted. 32tb might sound like alot but in todays world is it really?

 

Depending on the type of RAID @kojackruns, it may be less than 32TB.  I don't have my backup server running any type of redundancy since it only has 4 bays and it's my 3rd line backup.  It also lives in my safe unless I'm actively backing up files to it.

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I am not sure how I am going to set up the drives yet.  I need to find out if it will actually take more than 1tb hdds yet, that's what the owners manual says.  But I am going to toss a 2tb in.  If it runs that, there is no reason to think it won't run large drives.  I may even say EFF it and put 16tb drives in it.  will see what happens.  The 8tb drives are inexpensive, so use them maybe until they fill up.  I will want redundancy in my setup so 16tb of storage for now.  

 

It will be an interesting project anyways. 

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