Inspiron Laptop NAS 'Xenops'

  • Made my NAS system from an old c.2006 Inspiron 9400 laptop. By the time I replaced it in 2012, it could hardly keep up running WinXP and watching a YouTube video. Removed the LCD, and now have it sitting out of sight behind my main desktop PC monitor array. Working great as a OMV NAS server now with some external HDDs attached via eSATA and Firewire.


    0.5.34 (Sardaukar)
    Linux version 3.2.0-0.bpo.4-amd64
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz
    2GB RAM


    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use%
    sdc1 36G 2.7G 31G 8% System drive
    sda1 1.9T 1.3T 633G 67% eSATA
    sdb1 1.9T 1.3T 630G 67% eSATA
    sdd1 466G 3.3G 463G 1% FW400


    Use it primarily as a network file server, DLNA media server, Owncloud, SABNZB+/Sickbeard usenet downloader, and remote file server via SCP with a DynDNS account.

  • Something like that just makes my shake my head. But yes, nice recycling.


    Quote from "0rtega"

    Nice setup :)


    You can expand your storage with other external drives ? or you have already maxed out your expansion options ?


    p.s.: sorry for my english, i'm from italy


    One USB Port can handle up to 127 devices ( minus USB Hubs ).


    Greetings
    David

    "Well... lately this forum has become support for everything except omv" [...] "And is like someone is banning Google from their browsers"


    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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  • If it suits your needs, its just fine. Of course it keeps costs down etc.


    But personally I would never do it.


    Greetings
    David

    "Well... lately this forum has become support for everything except omv" [...] "And is like someone is banning Google from their browsers"


    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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  • Quote from "0rtega"

    Nice setup :)
    You can expand your storage with other external drives ? or you have already maxed out your expansion options ?


    I think I have maxed out my hi-speed connections using the one Firewire 400 port, and a ExpressCard two-eSATA port. If I want to expand later I can try daisy chaining Firewire drives, or add more USB devices. It has 6 USB2.0 Ports.


    Quote from "0rtega"


    For you is better build from scratch a new system NAS instead of using old hardware like this ?


    Quote from "davidh2k"

    If it suits your needs, its just fine. Of course it keeps costs down etc.
    But personally I would never do it.


    Indeed the cost on this was minimal. The laptop was not really usable as a laptop anymore due to it's age and size (17"!), and I have replaced those external drives so no longer use them with my laptop and desktop. The Inspiron had a fan die a few years ago, and also the original hard drive crashed recently, replaced both of those. The battery is also at the end of it's life and only lasts a few minutes without AC power. But other then that it is in good health and I expect to get hopefully a few more years of use out of it. The only money I spent to get this going as a NAS setup was a few dollars for some eSATA cables, the the $20 2xeSATA ExpressCard Port and a few dollars on that wood stand that I found at a thrift store. :)


    If some parts and drives fail, I can replace them and primarily just lose access temporarily to my movies and TV shows. It actually will be interesting to see how many years of life I can get out of this, and how much I can expand it.

  • The 17inch LCD that came off of this is still in perfect shape aswell. Not sure what I want to do with it. Lots of guides on the internet in adding a controller and turning a detached laptop LCD into an external monitor, or a touch screen tablet, or whatever. Have not found any that are worth the effort or cost though.

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