Posts by Alexis Trinquet

    Re,
    Because first this rig is experimental (it's on the way out I'm just waiting for my mobo to die) and also because I just can't throw a computer that still works away even if it's obselete.


    Before you ask I rarely turn this on from now on, as I no longer have to spend on this, I'm still considering a lightweight rig (low power cpu) or a Sbc, but know that nothing is set in stone yet.

    Ré-bonjour (


    Good grief then, I'll wait for my current rig to die (y'see, I'm not really keen on throwing away stuff that still works, if y'know what I mean) then I'll think about it.


    Regards,
    Alexis

    Re,


    Wheew thanks for the clarification, only thing that is creeping me away from SBCs is a failure of a component on the board itself, for instance if your PC's ram goes bad, you replace the bad stick with a known good one, but on a Sbc if the ram fails = replace the whole board, is this correct or is there is any SBC that has one or a few SODIMM slot(s)?


    Sorry if this question sounds dumb, I'm sorta a inexperienced guy when it comes so SBCs, never got to tinker with one...

    If you have an ARM SBC with a single SATA port then expansion beyond one HDD is indeed difficult.


    But why settle for just one ARM SBC? You can easily expand by simply adding more ARM SBCs and HDDs as needed for more storage and/or more backups. If one SBC or HDD fail it is very easy to replace it. Or swap parts.


    And if you get big NAS HDDs then the cost of the ARM SBC is (at least to some extent) dwarfed by the cost of the HDD.

    Re,


    SBCs are something I'm considering (it's possible that I'll give these a go soon however) but does that mean I'll have to run multiple instances of OMV? I would like to avoid this if possible (a single 2TB drive is sufficient for me anyways) as having to manage a cluster of multiple OMV instances at once... I'll see, maybe not maybe yes but for now...


    Regards,
    Alexis

    Both are rather terrible choices: Which energy efficient ARM platform to choose?

    Well when it comes to these "single board PCs" I'M sorta a total newbie (not to mention that I'm kinda worried on how OMV perform on a ARM), but thanks anyways for the advice. :) just saw the Orange pi zero, I'm a bit curious about how well it performs (however the only 1 sata port avaliable on the nas expansion board is going to be a bit problematic)


    @skyline1
    That's unfortunate about the prices of DDR2, can't say I'm not surprised about that (and with DDR5 coming very soon I'd expect the situation to worsen even more).


    As for the PSU, I'm thinking of buying a FSP, I still have one still running, it never caused any problems, unfortunately the one I have is a 200W model, versus the 400W that my Allied can give (I'm not pulling that much on it, roughly 270W).


    As for the case, tool-less cases are sure a blessing, heck my current case has lost half of its screws (to hold the drives in place... I had to make a sacrifice, oh well) so if I replace the case of my rig, you can be more than certain that it's going to be a tool-less case, I'm also leaning towards the Nexus Prominent 9, too, it's unfortunate that it's no longer made :( I'm still trying to find a case with similar specs but still no dice here.


    Regards,
    Alexis

    Hi,


    Sounds like a good idea, but for the moment I'm going to go ahead and keep this build going until it gives its last breathe (well not a big loss since I got the mobo + psu + case + cpu + ram stick for free) but yeah, I'll think about it, maybe a Nuc perhaps? (Can't say I love these Intel NUCs, they're small but I'm not sure how much they consume, but I'm not expecting something too big).


    But yes, a "breadboard" RasPi or a BananaPi is definitely something I'm wiling to consider, but for now I'm more focused on keeping this rig up and running, although it mostly sits dormant, as Ionly power it from 7:30 to 19:00 every two days (this mobo have a programmed wake-up and shutdown event)


    Thanks for the advice,


    Regards,
    Alexis

    Hello,


    Been a few years I've vanished from the forums, here's why: I have been rather running into problems (long story short: my NAS sat dorment for a while, and of course when I tried to upgrade from Erasmus to Arakis my system hard drive's Molex connector decided to fall off... Cripes!)


    So my mobo blew up the 2 gig RAM stick it had (no dice here, the mobo wouldn't fire up at all unless I removed it) and due to the Molex debacle, my OMV3 got totally corrupted, after reinstalling a few times it's up and running but crippled to 1 gig of ram.


    The Radeon HD5450 (just realized it was a 5450.... Duh! I even have it's little sister, the HD 6450) was swapped out (in the end it wasn't necessary as the mobos' gfx chipset is more than sufficient).


    So yeah, oh and I added a floppy drive to the mobo (since I'm experimenting with these lightweight Linux distros you could slap on a 1.44Mb floppy disk, I know I could've bought a Gotek but whatever, and I kinda miss floppies that bad lol).


    So yeah, I've been a bit out of the loop, hopefully I'll find a replacement for this rig (the mobo is rather flaky sometimes, it forgets about which drives are bootable or not while other settings and date time remain unchanged)


    Regards,


    Alexis

    Hi everyone... so after a kind of long hiatus I've did several things:


    First of all I had to reinstall OMV again (for some reasons it would get stuck on raise network interfaces), for now it's running fine.
    I recently moved the NAS under my desk (because the CPU fan intake was on the left-hand side of the case, it faced a wall, not really the ideal location), BUT I discovered something rather interesting in the motherboard's BIOS: Its controller seems to support hardware RAID (there's a "RAID configuration" option in the "Advanced CMOS setup" category of the BIOS). For now my current plans for this NAS are the following:


    1) Replace the old, Allied PSU (It's old, noisy (no thermo-regulated fan on this one, alas), but it still works, I'll keep it as a backup PSU)
    2) Replace the case (The current case is just a real burden to maintain, it's so small that it's hard to change something without risking hitting a component, plus the disks are very close to each other, that kinda makes me worrying about overheat starting to wear them down more)
    3) Add a PCI Ethernet Controller that supports WoL(the motherboard's built-in Ethernet controller doesn't support WoL sadly, here's why)
    4) Finding two DDR2 4Gb RAM Modules (I kind of know this is next to impossible, since DDR2 modules are kinda getting rarer and rarer and thus, expensive :cursing: )


    And yet as of today, I'm saving up to hopefully buy a new case for it (yet I have other projects and priorities so yeah)


    BTW, I've installed OpenVPN plugin on the NAS when I need to access data from the CIFS shares

    Do you suspend your NAS to RAM/Disc and use WoL? How much energy is consumed idle? You installed OMV-Extras through apt, why did you not simply use the plugin when you are not that familiar with linux?


    You use Samba as share and for backups, what future services do you think of running?

    I had to use APT-get as installing via the web interface would cause an error (don't have screenshots of the error but still).
    "Do you suspend your NAS to RAM/Disc and use WoL?"
    I don't really know if I can use "Suspend to RAM/Disc on this one but talking about WoL, I would've liked to use this feature but it's not possible (the motherboard's built-in network controller doesn't seem support it and I can't find any option about WoL in the BIOS)


    "How much energy is consumed idle"
    It consumes 75W when idle (on the sector)



    For now I don't plan on using other services (unless necessary)

    Hey there!


    Here's a NAS that I built last month, out of a computer that I was given, I had to do some modifications to it (replacing the Thermal paste on the CPU heatsink, replacing the RAM)


    The following picture is old as it was taken before I added the other HDDs and the Graphics Card
    Edit


    However, here's the specs of the NAS


    Motherboard: ECS GeForce 7050-M (Socket A 462)
    RAM: 1GB DDR2 (the 2gb stick died) 3GB DDR2 (soon upgrading to 2x4GB)
    HDD 1: Western Digital Caviar 120GB PATA (System Drive)
    HDD 2&3 : Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB SATA (data storage)
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Brisbane core, 5000+)
    Graphics: Built-in Motherboard chipset (formerly Radeon HD5450) Generic Graphics PCIe card
    PSU: Allied 400W PSU (I am currently saving up to replace it)
    Operating system: OpenMediaVault 4.x Arakis 3.0.83 Erasmus
    Miscellaneous : Teac 3"½ Floppy drive (experimenting with boot floppies, such as KolibriOS)


    Currently I use this NAS to store my backups (the two storage drives are mapped via SAMBA) I'm not really familiar with UNIX systems so I had a little trouble configuring it (installing OMV-Extras from APT-GET). I had to reinstall it 4 times (because it would sometimes get stuck at "Raise network interfaces", power-cycling it would sometimes fix the problem)