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April 15, 2012

UNRAID TIPS FORUM AZZA HELIOS 910 CASE & NORCO SS-500 CAGE

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I am running out of space and I have no dependable backups of my photos.  I have a couple of external drives but they don’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling as a RAID or UnRAID setup.  It’s time for me to build an affordable solution.

My planned data backup workflow after a photoshoot is this:
– Upload the raw photos via Lightroom into my work PC and a copy to the UnRAID Server (URS)
– Once editing is over, I will migrate the edited photo set with LR db, and also delete the initial unedited raw photos overtime (i.e. replace the unedited raw photo set with the edited photo set).
– Use CrashPlan to backup URS and work PC

I looked at the Recommended Builds, Prototype Builds, and a few forum discussions about the hardware selections.  What I came up with is a hybrid somewhere between a Budget and Beast build.  I want to be able to backup all my photos, other important files, and also stream video from my URS.

I chose the hardware based on forum postings but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone having all the hardware together in this configuration.  Here’s what I came up with:

OS at time of building: unRAID Server Version 4.7  AiO

CPU:  http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-3-0GHz-Dual-Core-Processor/dp/B003Z4PB3O
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1 MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813153201
JetWay JHZ03-GT-V2-LF AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-ValueRAM-PC3-10600-KVR1333D3N9-2G/dp/B0019MI1CW/
Kingston ValueRAM 2 GB 1333MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory KVR1333D3N9/2G

Case: http://www.amazon.com/AZZA-Helios-CSAZ-910-Mid-Tower-Black/dp/B002RS4HVQ
AZZA Helios 910 CSAZ-910 Mid-Tower Case (Black)

Drive Cage(s):  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16816133030
NORCO SS-500 5 Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817139027
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SATA Expansion Card(s): None planned due to use of 3 2TB drives for now.
Cables: I’m not sure what I need here…
Fans: I’m not sure if I need to add/upgrade/change fans.

USB Flash Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820235065
Verbatim Clip-it 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Blue) Model 97550

Parity Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822148681
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Data Drive 1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822145475
HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Data Drive 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136514
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cache Drive: None at this time
Total Drive Capacity: 5 but expandable to 15 (by buying 2 more drive cages)

Primary Use: Backup all my photos, other important files, and also stream video sometimes
Add On Projects Planned: SmartHistory, SNAP, FEMUR, UnMENU, UnTorrent
Add On Scripts Planned: Monthly parity check, Email Notifications, Directory Caching
Future Plans:  Buy more hard drives when needed

Things I need to keep in mind or do:
– Figure out which SATA cables I need.  This post, http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12479.msg118588#msg118588, says locking SATA cables aren’t recommended for the Norco SS-500 cage.
– Figure out if I need to add/upgrade/change fans
– Configure UnRAID (http://lime-technology.com/wiki/index.php?title=Configuration_Tutorial)
– CrashPlan (http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=4008.0)
– AddOn Install (http://www.lime-technology.com/wiki/index.php?title=UnRAID_Add_Ons)
– Temperature Based Fan Control?  Not sure if the Mobo will support it. (link1, link2) Answer: No. No PWM Fan support (Mobo Spec)
Purchase drives separately (different vendor/brand)

What do you think about this setup?  Does it look like it will it work?  What are the potential issues?  Please let me know!  :)

[Update] Raj’s reply: http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=11178.msg126125#msg126125

« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 11:54:10 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 10:33:10 PM »
Additional/Helpful Info:

Install Videos (Watch these videos so you’ll know what you’re getting into!)
Revision3 Video
Category5 Video

Read Here First!

Anti Static Gloves/Wrist Band?

Azza Helio 910
Review and Pictures
Product Website and Manual
Azza Helios 910 Raj Review
Wiring setup
YouTube Video Review on the Case
– Tabs to be flattened can be seen here at the 8:00 marker and 3:15 marker
Can be flattened out using a C-Clamp as suggested
Cable Management
Update [Hands on experience]:  Nice case, I had to cut two horizontal plastic bar in the front plastic cover.  I couldn’t put the front cover on properly because the horizontal plastic bar was hitting the Norco Module (installed on the bottom).  A 5 inch deep C-Clamp is a MUST to bend the tabs.  DO NOT BEND ALL THE TABS…just the tabs that get in the way when sliding the Norco Module in.

CPU Install
Newegg Tutorial: How To Install an AMD CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Quick look & Unboxing The Tech Source
How to install AMD AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPU + Cooler!

Motherboard Install
Installing Motherboard into the Case

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Product Website
http://www.corsair.com/blog/Testing-your-corsair-power-supply
Install it up or down?
Power Supply Calculator

NORCO SS-500
Product Website and Wiring Lables
Buy these scccccrrrreeewwwwsss!!!! (source)
Update [Hands on experience]: Important: Make sure the SATA plugs for the module is thin.  The two SATA cables that came with the MB was thin enough to plug into Slot A and B.  I took a SATA cable from my other PC (I couldn’t wait to purchase at monoprice) and the SATA plug was too thick when using it as part of a pair.  Lucky, I only have 3 drives…so I used the thick SATA plug on Slot C.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
WD20EARS drive setup
Advanced Format Drives
I’ll be using the current version (4.7), so basically: “If you are installing a new WD20EARS drive, and you are running version 4.6.1/5.0-beta3 [or newer], do not install the jumper.”

SATA 2 vs SATA 3

Flash Drive Preparation
http://lime-technology.com/wiki/index.php?title=USB_Flash_Drive_Preparation
USB Flash Drive Prep

Bios Setup
How do I configure the BIOS settings to allow booting from the USB flash drive?

Pre Boot (link)
preclear_disk.sh install
unMenu Install/Setup

Preclear
Read this before preclearing
How To preclear your hard drives for use in your unRAID servers
Obtain preclear_results.txt

Backup Flash Drive
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=7127.0

Power Down (from HowTos)
Info
How to Shutdown unRAID at a Certain Time Every Day

Other:
– After preclearing (takes a very long time; ~24hrs), assign the data and parity drives (takes a long time; ~8hrs), then format (takes time; ~5mins)!
– If you don’t format your drives, any attempt to create shares will FAIL!  After pressing apply, you will not see a new share entry.
Add Monthly parity check script
Use Shift+RightClick to paste into Midnight Commander via Putty

« Last Edit: June 08, 2011, 05:14:34 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 02:13:37 AM »
I bought the items today.  I’ll be here in less than a week!

With my build, here are potential issues:

http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12803.msg121537#msg121537
Azza Helio 910 Top fan might rattle…solution: try reinstalling
Norco SS-500 stock fan might be loud…solution: replace it (Possibly the Noctua 80mm fan)
Update [Hands on experience]:  Right now, I have my UNRAID on top of my desk; being memtested.  The Norco fan the loudest of all the fans in my stock setup.  Replacement is very necessary.

Norco SS-500 screw issue might be too long…solution: use shorter screws or add a washer
Update [Hands on experience]:  The screws that is packaged with Norco Module is for the hard drives, they are short.  These screws can be used for mounting the Norco Module but it isn’t enough to for both.  I tried using the shortest screw from the AZZA case to mount the Norco Module, no freaking bueno!  If install the freaking hard drives before you mount the Module, you’re gonna go nuts trying to take out the hard drives from the module.  What I ended up doing is using the shortest AZZA screws but I didn’t tighten them all the way, only enough before the screws hit the outer drives (Slot A and E).

Sounds like Directory Caching is slow with a 2gb of RAM…

If there are USB_Boot_Issues, check here.

Other:
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=7998.msg113242#msg113242
Based on Raj’s 5 Drive Budge Box, it appears that I may not need to buy cables.  ;D

« Last Edit: June 03, 2011, 06:47:19 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 07:42:33 AM »

I bought the items today.  I’ll be here in less than a week!

With my build, here are potential issues:

http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12803.msg121537#msg121537
Azza Helio 910 Top fan might rattle…solution: try reinstalling
Norco SS-500 stock fan might be loud…solution: replace it (Noctua 92mm fan? http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=11600.msg125915#msg125915)

http://www.greenleaf-technology.com/Blogs/BlogSoftwareAndHardware/index.php
Norco SS-500 issue might be too long…solution: use shorter screws or add a washer

Other:
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=7998.msg113242#msg113242
Based on Raj’s 5 Drive Budge Box, it appears that I may not need to buy cables.  ;D

I dont think you can replace the 80mm an with a 92mm. i think that was a typo. I think it is the supermicro that uses the 92mm fan?

Since you are only using the motherboard SATA headers to start, you only need standard SATA cables. you should get those with the mobo and maybe the cage?

you will probably have to bend the tabs on that case for the  drive cage. a quick search will provide details.

Goliath:5B12a, Norco RPC-4224, Intel Core i3-2100, SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O, 8GB ECC DDR3, 2x AOC-SASLP-MV8, SeaSonic X750 Gold,  W/ APC 1300VA Drives: 11x LP 2TB, 5x LP 1.5TB, 1x 500GB 7200RPM Cache Drive. 29.5TB  of 40TB 60TB Installed

Atlas My virtualized unRAID. A work in progress. unRAID and WHS2011(and more) on ESXi, Norco RPC-4224, X9SCM-F-O, E3-1240 Xeon, Kingston 16GB ECC DDR3

Spartacus: unRAID Guest on Atlas.  Ver 5B12, 1CPU, 4GB RAM, 2x M1015’s, 1x SASLP-MV8. Drives 12x Hitachi LP 3TB, 1x Mushkin 120GB SSD Cache Drive. 36TB of 60TB Installed

unRAID MINI: 32Watt! Chenbro ES34169, X7SPE-HF-D525-O, 4GB RAM. Drives: 4x Hitachi LP 3TB, 1x 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5″ Ultra Slim Cache Drive. 9TB of 9TB Installed

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 01:53:11 PM »

I dont think you can replace the 80mm an with a 92mm. i think that was a typo. I think it is the supermicro that uses the 92mm fan?

Someone was able to use a 92mm that he had lying around but it was jerry rigged!  He hinted that he’d use the Noctua 80mm the next time around.

Since you are only using the motherboard SATA headers to start, you only need standard SATA cables. you should get those with the mobo and maybe the cage?

I’m hoping those cables come along with the mobo and cage… It should arrive in a couple of days!!!  ;D

you will probably have to bend the tabs on that case for the  drive cage. a quick search will provide details.

As for the tabs in the case, this post suggests to use a C-clamp…might ease the bending process.

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 12:34:44 PM »
Hardware Build is done.  Preclear cycle 1 is finished (see attached).  I will begin cycle 2 in a moment.

[Update]  “Preclear results look good.” -Raj

« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 05:22:44 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 11:50:12 PM »
Preclear 2 done.  I precleared twice already…I should be ok right?  :o

Time to assign devices and then look into CrashPlan.  ;D

Crash Plan
Crash Plan Wiki
Crash Plan Thread

« Last Edit: June 07, 2011, 12:22:43 AM by GabrielB »

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 09:50:43 PM »
Your preclear results look great.
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