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This is an update on my previous two posts






Synology 1815+ and Synology DX413 Expansion Unit

HDD 1: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 2: 4TB Seagate ST4000DX000

HDD 3: 4TB Western Digital WD40EZRZ

HDD 4: 4TB Seagate ST4000DX000

HDD 5: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 6: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 7: 4TB Western Digital WD40EZRX

HDD 8: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 9: 256GB Drevo X1 Pro

HDD 10: 3TB Western Digital WD30PURX

HDD 11: 3TB Western Digital WD30PURX

HDD 12: 3TB Toshiba DT01ABA300

HDD 13: 2TB Seagate ST2000VX000


Software and Configuration:

Running Synology DSM front end GUI, the 8 x 4TB drives in the main unit are running SHR2 (equivalent to RAID6 so that's 32TB (29.12TB RAW/21.81TB after redundancy) the other 4 drives are running SHR (RAID5) 11TB (10.01TB RAW/7.26TB after redundancy) finally the SSD contains all my Docker containers and any native Synology apps the SSD works really well for this usage and is much quicker than using it as an SSD read cache which I found had a negative performance impact on the unit.


I upgraded from my 412+ around a year ago picking up an 1815+ for around £600 on eBay, about 6 months ago it was warranty replaced due to suffering from the Intel C2000 bug. It runs 24/7 and has been upgraded with 16GB of Crucial RAM, I use it as my main storage server, I make very good use of Docker as all my most useful applications for obtaining Linux ISO's are Dockerised (see my website for guides) It also runs a Minecraft server which is open for anyone to use.


I rarely pick up brand new retail drives (as I am cheap) all the drives currently in use have been either shucked from second hand external drives picked up from eBay or other sites. If you bargain hunt this keeps costs much lower but obviously has inherent risks with not knowing the drives history.



My 412+ is has been effectively retired and now is used for backing up important data, I also keep archives of my photos offsite at work. The 412+ has 6TB of space as I tend to use smaller retired drives in it. I also have a HP Microserver which I just have to play around with, that has a real mish mash of ancient drives from 250GB to 320GB.








| Intel Core i7 7600K | ASRock H170M ITX | 16GB DDR4 | OCZ GTX1060 6GB  |
| Crucial M4 256GB | Samsung 850 EVO 250GB  | Antec True Power 650 | Fractal Design Node 304 | Coolermaster 212+ |

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On 1/17/2019 at 6:51 PM, MediaMan said:

I know Externals do not count, but I prefer them tbh.  Never had a single problem with any of my externals, whereas ive had some problems with Internals.  All in all, while I don't expect to be counted, am at 231TB.

How do you have the externals hooked up?  You're not running 231TB of USB drives are you?

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  • Motherboard: ASRock - Z77 Pro4-M
  • CPU: Intel® Xeon® CPU E31245 @ 3.30GHz
  • CPU cooler: Intel Stock
  • GPU: None
  • RAM: 24GB Random DDR3 1066MHz
  • PSU: Unknown 750W Gold
  • Boot drive: Random 16gb Flash Drive
  • Storage drives: 2x4TB Seagate NAS
  • Storage drives: 10x8TB WD Easystores
  • Storage drive: 1x10TB WD Easystores
  • Cache drive: 1x512TB Crucial SSD
  • Case: Rosewell 12 bay hot swap + Unknown Max ATX Case

Total capacity: 98TB (raw), 80TB useable, Score: 80 * ln (13) = 205.195948597


Software and Configuration:

Running unRAID for 4 years now. Moved from ubtuntu RAID 5 and never looked back (only x3 4TB drives then). WD drives are in a rosewell 4U case with the rest of the main hardware, then using external SAS expansion cables and card to extend to a case I got in trade for light IT work that has 10 front 5.25" bays which I put hot swap bays in. Makes me a little nervous but for now it will work.



Personal/Friends NAS, web server, Media Storage, PLEX, Docker Host.

8382 Movies, 56345 Episodes

It is an addiction, and I need to find a cheaper source of drives (best buy easystores so far).

Sits in my server room (read: laundry room) on a spare bar stool which has my linux sandbox and router (thinkpad T60) on the lower foot stools.



Backing up to GDrive, 12/80TB so far. Maybe in a few years it will be done.







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Update; Changed out my whole build with a SuuperMicro one;


Running Ubuntu.

2xE5-2620 v2




6x8TB Seagate NAS in Raid 6



6x4TB HGST and 4x6TB IronWolf NAS in JBOD


Total raw storage is 88TB with 16 drives



Old post here



Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

1800x, 32GB RAM, 2x1080Ti, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 3x2560x1440 and 1x1920x1200 monitor

My website: http://mariusjs.me/

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CASE: Fractal Design Node 804

PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA-380D

MB: SuperMicro MBD-X11SSH-F-O

CPU: Intel Core i3 6100T

HS: Stock

RAM: 1x16gb Kingston ValueRAM 2133mhz DDR ECC

O/S Drive: 2x 64gb Sandisk Cruzer Ultra Fit 64gb (Mirrored)

HDD 1: 7x Seagate IronWolf 2TB

HDD 2: 1x WD Red 2TB

FANS: 6x Corsair ML120 + Swiftech 8-way PWM splitter.

UPS: CyberPower CST1300ALU

Software and Configuration:

My NAS is running Freenas 11.2-U3. The drives are configured as a single RaidZ3 pool, so I can suffer up to three HDD failures. I have two jails set up. The first is Plex, which serves all my movies and shows. The second is a Transmission, which runs Transmission, OpenVPN, as well as IPFW rules to only allow Transmission to send and receive data via the tun0 device.


I have a fan control script which is setup as a post-init script that controls all six fans via a single header. I also have a script that runs every ten minutes to check whether the tun0 device exists inside the Transmission jail. If it doesn't, it restarts OpenVPN.


Media, general file server.


I have no backups set up. Shame on me.

Additional info:

I intentionally built this NAS to sip as little power as possible. I probably could have used fewer drives, but I wanted the redundancy. Th 8th Seagate Ironwolf is currently being RMA'd.


(Most pictures are from 2017 when I built this)






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  • Corsair Air 240
  • BFG EX-1200 Power Supply (Engineering Sample)
  • ASUS Maximus V Gene
  • Core i5 3570K w/ Noctua NH-D9L + 2nd fan @4.3ghz
  • 16gb Samsung DDR3
  • Gigabyte RX 580 8gb
  • STORAGE: Samsung 860 Evo • Hitachi UltraStar 3tb • WD Red 2TB • MyDigitalSSD BP4 250gb
  • W10H
  • Dell S2415H • ASUS VW246
  • Corsair Strafe RGB
  • Razer Deathadder Chroma
  • Superlux 668B + ModMic 4
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