Hello to all, I'm from the Netherlands so excuse already for my bad english.
I was searching for a small NAS for at home. I have not much space, and it should fit in the cabinet where my TV is standing on.
There is also my xbox, and a media player (playonhd) and a stupid double drive cheap nas thing wich is as slow as sh*t running up the hill. (copying 2 MB/s with cable) and a netgear 100/1000 8 port switch wich is connected directly on my modem.
On my work, there where some old thin clients available, and tested them with NAS4FREE, Freenas, but that wont work fine at all. After rebooting losing drives that kind a things. Also that thin clients comes with via chipsets so I put them back in the box where I finded them.
Searching on internet, for other NAS software, and intel thin clients brought me here My Single Drive NAS Project
And yes, this should also be my ideal setup!
Searched on a second hand market place and found a guy which sells older thin clients, and he had 2 of the T5740 available. I got them both for €50 complete and at home by mail.
On one I installed Openelec/XBMC, I had first to disable the serial port otherwise it crashes with installing. Is running fine by now. Later I put in a Broadcom BCM970015 crystal hd card (msata half format) for better 1080i perfomance and yes it works really fine.
Back to the other thin client, OMV i386 image downloaded and installed in on the internal ide DOM. Because they said it was better not to install it on a usb thumb or something, while debian will destroy that kind a drives. I choose for the internal ide dom, I couldn't find any fabric specs but found on other sites some specs that they do some dynamic wear leveling. I'm not sure about that but I take the risk.
I shall later put in a msata ssd half format 32gb, where I shall try to clone the installation partition on.
Also ordered a WD 2.5 red 1tb disk, the ideal disk for this system. A sata 22pin cable will connect the disk, but the one I get is to high, the cover of the thin client cant be closed. I ordered now by dealextreme a cable which looks flatter, not so high. I hope that this one allows me to close the cover, then its finished for me by now.
Today I've updated to 1.0, and all is running fine. sabnzbd plugin is running fine on the system, copying files from my laptop with ethernet cable gives me speeds around 80 MB/s so I'm very happy with that. I streams perfectly to the other T5740 with XBMC / no drive. Maybe later, I will add a green drive to the xbmc one, to rsync the xbmc to. But the xbmc with the crystal hd card and without harddisk, is getting a lot hotter than the OMV with drive.
Maybe is the 1.5tb green of my playonHD better, usb backup, enclosure it. I have to see over time what's best. The cheapest is to use the older disk as external one but because of the little space I have to do things manually and dont like that I will see.
Pics of the build:
Drawing the HDD on a small paper to get the holes, taping it on the cover to drill and cut holes.
And yes you have to remove one of the vesa points, easily with a pliers
I put on some spacers, to not let the disk hit the cover, you dont want the risk of short circuit anything. I couldnt get the right spacer on the photo because the magnet in it moves that ring automatically
You need really flat screws otherwise the platic cover wont fit anymore, I cut some longer screws shorter for it.
The disk mounted on the cover
Here the thin client slots, showing a SATA 22 pin, IDE 44 pin DOM, mini pci-e / msata half format slot, and a full PCI-E slot, wich can be used for a HP Expansion module, which makes your thin client wider and allows to attach a pci-e card like videocard or network card that kind a things.
If I can get one cheap I will buy one, allows me maybe to build a raid or other nice things.