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Media Server At Home-2: un-RAID Building And Hard Drives

by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 18 Jan, 2011 14:49:22

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This is the second part of our discussion about creating media server at home.

You need to have lots of hard drives, a motherboard, a case, and a power supply to start your un-Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks-based network. You may choose something from the recommended components list to improve your chances of acquiring a system that works while you may try using a processor or any motherboard available because a specific hardware is being recommended by *file-sharing software and new digital media company. There are recommendations in full blast from those users who made their own servers through the forums of the *Lime Company. On the other hand, you can also add drives yourself after purchasing a system from *Lime Company which are available in 15-bay server and 12-bay server, respectively.

You may test the results after you order the required parts, the inside of the case should have the joined parts, the right cable connections should be attached, and on the flash drive the software should be installed as well as the un-Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks-Operating System when you are creating your own system server.

You may never need to have the fastest processor and a state-of-the-art motherboard because the un-Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks when it comes to power processing don’t need bigger requirements. You may set the processor to run at a speed which is lower after considering to under-lock your system as a matter of fact. Your machine which runs slower may not require lots of fans because it will stay cooler and use lesser power. A quiet machine is very significant for a media server.

You need to acquire a little knowledge when it comes to computers. You can go an extra mile in learning the steps to know the Internet Protocol address while you are building the un-Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks that is if you don’t know the meaning of Internet Protocol address. You need to have spare time in creating a machine from zero to increase your comprehension and knowledge in computers and it will lead to your productivity.

The one called Parity drive is an additional drive which is also included in un-Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks. The one that holds backup data for all other drives is the Parity drive. You may want to buy a larger drive for your parity drive because it must be about the same size as your data drive which is the largest. You may purchase bigger drive capacity of 2TB for your parity drive notwithstanding the fact that you may already have a data drive as large as 1TB. If need arises at any time in the coming days, you can add bigger drive up to the size of 2TB. Other than the parity drive, you’ll be able to do data restoration if for a reason there’s a failure on a single hard drive regardless of the number of drives you may add.

You may also do labeling of your physical drives such as Data Drive-1, Data Drive-2, and Parity Drive when you create the machine. To make everything in order, on your first port for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment from the motherboard you may attach the Parity drive before the data drives to the other ports for distinction of drives to be easier.

We will continue our discussion on the third part of the article
Media Server At Home-3.

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