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10-05-2009, 06:32 AM
Hi. I'm looking to having a squeezebox system set up in my house and have been "sold" the Vortexbox software as the operating system on a new build, purpose made NAS type PC. I've read some posts here about adding additional hard drives, but what is not clear is whether it would be possible to have two hard drives with all the software on one drive and the second being exclusively used for holding the music files.
Any advice for specs on a purpose built NAS would also be appreciated... thanks.
10-07-2009, 09:24 AM
10-07-2009, 01:05 PM
Thanks for replying Andrew. I just like the security of having seperate drives for seperate functions. Having had two hard drives fail on me in the past (seperately), I guess I'm just a bit paranoid. I have every intention of backing up to a USB HDD, as I know you don't support RAID1!
10-07-2009, 03:23 PM
Having just recovered from a drive failure on a RAID-5 NAS, I strongly support RAID systems. For several years, I have kept all data on a Buffalo NAS with 4 drives. It has been flawless, yet was getting full, and that was one of the incentives to purchase Andrews VBA. One morning, it worked slowly, and the flashing lamps indicated one of the drives had failed. It took a few minutes to pull and replace the bad drive, and get the NAS functioning again. It took almost 8 hours for the NAS to rebuild the RAID reduncancy, but we were able to access everything during that time. Only while replacing the drive were we without the data. That particular RAID NAS is a cheap solution, and if it had been one of the hot-swap RAID systems, there would have been zero loss of access.
External backups are mandatory also, but from the time you make that backup (when was your last?) till the next, your interim data is at risk.
I would like to see a VortexBox Appliance with hardware RAID.
10-07-2009, 06:29 PM
VortexBox dosn't take up much space. It is usually best to install VortexBox and your music all on one drive.
10-07-2009, 06:38 PM
We do support RAID1. It's an option during installation. I personally don't believe in RAID1 or separate hard drives. The more drives you have the higher chance of failure. The best option is to have a USB drive that you back up to often and completely disconnect from the system.
That way when your drive fails from heat or electrical shock (the two highest percentage of drive failures) your other drive won't fail as well.
May I suggest Andrew that you add this information to the 'About Vortexbox' page on the main site.
I think this would clear up some misunderstandings.
"Can be installed on a RAID 0, 1 or 5 system".
10-08-2009, 11:28 AM
I understood that the VortexBox software could be installed on RAID systems. I do not want to experiment with doing that myslelf.
Andrew has requested ideas for future versions of the VortexBox Appliance (VBA, the hardware with VortexBox pre-installed). Andrew has been flexible in configuring the VBA. I have bought a couple of VBAs from him. It seems that he has made excellent hardware choices that are inexpensive, versatile, quiet, low power, and small. I'd like to see a RAID VBA option available.
For example, I rip externally, and do not use the optical drive. That might be replaced with fixed disk for the RAID array, possibly in the same form factor. I don't know if the processor could handle the load of RAID or if software RAID is even desireable from a reliability point of view. I don't know if there is a suitable motherboard for the VBA that includes RAID hardware support or if an add-on RAID controller is available for those size boards. I am hoping that Andrew will look into it and/or that someone more knowledgible than me will discuss a RAID VBA.
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