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Posted · Original PosterOP

Howdy!

 

I am desperately wanting to build myself a standalone storage NAS.  It's honestly completely not needed and overkill for my needs - really it's just for plex media and bulk storage of my own video footage.  In reality there would likely be only myself needing to access it to add media to Plex and obviously stream from it inside the same house.

 

I've just seen this chunky looking beast on ebay....   It appears to have a Xeon E5620 AND 24GB of RAM.... 

https://ebay.co.uk/itm/Xyratex-HS-1235T-Storage-Server-Intel-Xeon-Quad-Core-E5620-2-40GHz-24GB-RAM/352361671426?hash=item520a646b02:g:3BwAAOSwqGlazMf~

 

Am I right in thinking I'd only need to add storage and an OS plus configuring it etc... but that's all I'd need right?

 

Anyone got thoughts? (I KNOW it's farking massive and overkill but the price...)

 

 

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why not? You might need some SAS to SATA adapters though


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, karsnoordhuis said:

a bit very loud but not bad at all i think. if a celeron can do nas duties, this can for shure.

the 24gb ram for that price seems a very good deal to me

Aye that's absolutely my thoughts too.  Like even if this ends up being a royal pain in the ass I think I would still love to do it as a project!!

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1 minute ago, Jurrunio said:

why not? You might need some SAS to SATA adapters though

Yeah I think that I probably will... This is the only thing I can't figure out.  What the storage config is!

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1 minute ago, Bearded_Ed said:

Yeah I think that I probably will... This is the only thing I can't figure out.  What the storage config is!

as in drives to put in? or the connectors on the drives?

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1 minute ago, karsnoordhuis said:

as in drives to put in? or the connectors on the drives?

Yeah I know it doesn't come with drives... But I don't know what interface it has.  Is there a raid card, SAS or SATA interface etc. 

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1 hour ago, Bearded_Ed said:

Yeah I know it doesn't come with drives... But I don't know what interface it has.  Is there a raid card, SAS or SATA interface etc. 

This is an IBM brand, it comes with a SAS/sATA backplane. So will work with SAS and SATA drives.

However you might need to get a RAID controller.. Seems as this is quite minimume..

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38 minutes ago, AbsoluteFool said:

This is an IBM brand, it comes with a SAS/sATA backplane. So will work with SAS and SATA drives.

However you might need to get a RAID controller.. Seems as this is quite minimume..

Would I still need the controller for something like FreeNAS?

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So I just purchased it! Total of £40 including delivery!

 

I've got a couple of drives I can play with to get it set up and my aim is to use FreeNas.   I really hope this works!!!

 

Theoretically if it's all a load of shit, I've got 24GB of DDR3 RAM I can offload, which MIGHT be ECC. So there's always that.

 

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2 hours ago, AbsoluteFool said:

Controller with IT mode or HBA card. I'd say it's a quite decent server for that price 

 

Honestly I am super new to this whole server thing. I am not really sure what the difference is between everything. I can spec out and build any kind of desktop you like but this is new for me.

 

I've found an eBay listing that appears to be from Israel with a very similar looking, if not identical server with more pics.

 

https://ebay.co.uk/itm/Xyratex-HS-1235T-2U-Storage-Server-Xeon-Quad-Core-NO-HDD-/263066655101?autorefresh=true

 

Whilst I know it's entirely possible mine will be different. Anyone able to tell me what I am looking at in these pics? Specifically related to HDD mounting. 

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47 minutes ago, Bearded_Ed said:

 

Honestly I am super new to this whole server thing. I am not really sure what the difference is between everything. I can spec out and build any kind of desktop you like but this is new for me.

 

I've found an eBay listing that appears to be from Israel with a very similar looking, if not identical server with more pics.

 

https://ebay.co.uk/itm/Xyratex-HS-1235T-2U-Storage-Server-Xeon-Quad-Core-NO-HDD-/263066655101?autorefresh=true

 

Whilst I know it's entirely possible mine will be different. Anyone able to tell me what I am looking at in these pics? Specifically related to HDD mounting. 

HDD mounting (Backplane / caddies) 

Backplane is a PCB board attached behind the drives. which then is connected to a, controller card.

Caddies are "slides" (That i like to call them) that you put harddrives inside to slide them in and out of the system.

 

If you know what you are looking for you can probably look for something spesific on images. However since we're all diffrent (Thank god for that, can you imagine a whole forum with lot's of me?) I would personally look for:

  1. System state (Is it broke/working condition?
  2. What is included? (e.g, HHD caddies, Raid controller or HBA?
  3. 1 or 2 PSUs
  4. CPU/RAM And what do i need for the things i'm gona use it for?
  5. How is it to get spare parts? Possibly check servermonkey / ebay or Google.
  6. How can i modify it if i suddently can't get spare parts?

It's really hard to tell what you want to look after. If just controller HBA you'll probably want to look after: Mini SAS SFF-8087 wires, or SATA /SAS, LSI, Antec or HighPoint controllers. Of course there are other brands aswell, but none that pops into my mind.

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On 5/25/2018 at 11:20 PM, AbsoluteFool said:

HDD mounting (Backplane / caddies) 

Backplane is a PCB board attached behind the drives. which then is connected to a, controller card.

Caddies are "slides" (That i like to call them) that you put harddrives inside to slide them in and out of the system.

 

If you know what you are looking for you can probably look for something spesific on images. However since we're all diffrent (Thank god for that, can you imagine a whole forum with lot's of me?) I would personally look for:

  1. System state (Is it broke/working condition?
  2. What is included? (e.g, HHD caddies, Raid controller or HBA?
  3. 1 or 2 PSUs
  4. CPU/RAM And what do i need for the things i'm gona use it for?
  5. How is it to get spare parts? Possibly check servermonkey / ebay or Google.
  6. How can i modify it if i suddently can't get spare parts?

It's really hard to tell what you want to look after. If just controller HBA you'll probably want to look after: Mini SAS SFF-8087 wires, or SATA /SAS, LSI, Antec or HighPoint controllers. Of course there are other brands aswell, but none that pops into my mind.

Amazing, thank you for all of this.  I'm sure I will be back with more questions once I actually have it in my hands!.

 

 

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I have one of those things.

 

This thing is loud. Mine seems to always be in a panic with fans at 9000%. Thisis with or without drives. Its a good server besides that. 

 

I plan to test different controllers for larger drives, then attach it to a xenserver cluster to test functionality  (also 10g ethernet if i can quiet this thing)

 

You can hear it all throughout the house  in a 24u cabinet, in the basement, with all doors closed and so on.

 

 

So far I have a bit of management software for suse and server 2000..

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13 hours ago, the_imperfectionest said:

I have one of those things.

 

This thing is loud. Mine seems to always be in a panic with fans at 9000%. Thisis with or without drives. Its a good server besides that. 

 

I plan to test different controllers for larger drives, then attach it to a xenserver cluster to test functionality  (also 10g ethernet if i can quiet this thing)

 

You can hear it all throughout the house  in a 24u cabinet, in the basement, with all doors closed and so on.

 

 

So far I have a bit of management software for suse and server 2000..

It really is bloody loud isn't it!  I'm just moving the RAM and CPU into a HPz400.  I can still get enough drives in it and it's super quiet! 

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