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Looking to Build Your Very First unRAID Server?
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Quote:Looking to Build Your Very First unRAID Server?

,,Relevant as of September 2011,,

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Hi there!
You probably end up on this thread
because you were looking to build your very first unRAID Server!
Anyhow, you've come to the right place!

For those who still doesn't know too much about unRAID and how it works,
i suggest you watch these Videos!
This should answer alot of questions you could have in mind
and make you realize how unrivaled it is as a media storage solution!!

That being said,
with the Help of PoofyHairGuy,
with whom this guide couldn't be done,
I've put together the cheapest builds money can buy!!
So, here they are & I hope you'll enjoy the read!

[1] Cheapest 10 HDD's Capable unRAID Server Build Money can buy!!
[2] Cheapest 12 HDD's Capable unRAID Server Build Money can buy!!
[3] Cheapest 16 HDD's Capable unRAID Server Build Money can buy!!
[4] Cheapest 20 HDD's Capable unRAID Server Build Money can buy!!

[Bonus] Cheapest 6 HDD's Capable SFF unRAID Server Build Money can buy!!


thanks Smile
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#2
Lot's of knowledge this is helping me build my server. Thank you for this eSKRo and PoofyHairGuy. +1 Wink
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thanks Beer40onze!

Im just trying to help Tongue
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No link for the 16HDD? Eek
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TugboatBill Wrote:No link for the 16HDD? Eek

hahahah, well, give me sometime dude! Tongue

its in the making!!
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#6
This is awesome, I think I'll shoot for the 12 drive one
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aptalca Wrote:This is awesome, I think I'll shoot for the 12 drive one

sweet choice!! +1
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TugboatBill Wrote:No link for the 16HDD? Eek

yes!
i just updated my First post!!
see you there Tongue
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TugboatBill Wrote:No link for the 16HDD? Eek

I must be doing something wrong... I only have 4 data drives + paritiy! Seems like I need to stop deleting stuff!
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So far it looks like the 10HDD build is the cheapest cost per drive.
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jason.shaffer Wrote:So far it looks like the 10HDD build is the cheapest cost per drive.

yes it is
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Yes but the 20 drive is the most awesome-per-drive. How many of YOUR friends have a 20-drive rack mounted server??
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not many lol
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I just did a little math to figure out the most economical and to put all the information in one list.

Drives= Number of Drives
TB= TB of storage excluding parity, I should subtract like 0.15TB per drive for format loss
Cost= Cost of the just system fully capable, including unRAID, $69 for 6 and $119 on the rest
Drives= Cost of all drives, 2TB @ $80
Total= Total cost if you build it all at once
Co/Tb = Cost of system per TB (useful if you have some drives already)
Tot/Tb = Cost of loaded system per TB

Code:
Drives  TB      Cost    Drives  Total   Co/TB   Tot/TB
6       10      349     480     829     34.9    82.9
10      18      439     800     1239    24.4    68.8
12      22      528     960     1488    24      67.6
16      30      731     1280    2011    24.4    67
20      38      822     1600    2422    21.6    63.7

I'm thinking I'm going to go with the 12 drive build, if 22TB isn't enough shoot me now please ><
Living Room Media Center/Server: Win7x64, ~6TB of space, SABnzbd+, SickBeard, MySQL, 32" LCD Vizio Internet TV, XBMC Nightly as of probably a month ago.

Bed Room Media Center: Mac OS X 10.6, 24" iMac Core2Duo
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So I know you recommended not to buy all your HDDs at the same time. What do you think is a good amount to buy at one time?
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