Of practice recordings and data storage

Those who know me well know that I really, really hate to throw away data. I have all kinds of stuff sitting around on my home server, some of it dating all the way back to middle school, and most of it of very little interest to anyone today (even me). Well, the other day I stumbled across something that was sort of interesting: trombone practice recordings I'd made early on in college.


My Home NAS, Part 10: Mac OS X Automounting

So, uh, some time ago when I wrote the last post in my home NAS tutorial (for reference, here's all previous posts in the series, I made a rather bold omission:

Once you’ve got the tunnel running (ideally you’d set it up to run automatically), all that’s left is to mount the NFS share(s) to appropriate locations in your filesystem. This process varies by operating system (even across UNIXes), so for now I’ll leave that up to you.


My Home NAS, A Performance Sidenote

Still more to go on my home NAS series, but I thought I'd take a moment to point out a recently-published article that benchmarks the performance of the MSI Wind box against several other DIY and off-the-shelf NAS units. The author ends with the conclusion that DIY NAS boxes based on Intel Atom chipsets (and also the VIA C7) typically get twice the throughput of their store-bought counterparts.


My Home NAS, Part 9: NFS Over SSH

If it seems like I'm on an acronym kick, it's not my fault. In the previous bits of my home NAS series, I've shown you all sorts of them: S.M.A.R.T., RAID, LVM, SMB...wait, what happened to SMB?


My Home NAS, Part 8: Hardware Manifest

I know I said my next post was going to be about NFS setup, but I thought it might be useful instead to take a momentary break for listing off the final hardware manifest. My previous posts have been a little unclear on this subject, so to avoid confusion, here's a list of everything I bought that's currently part of the machine, along with links to NewEgg product pages:


My Home NAS, Part 7: Breaking Things Down with LVM

As I mentioned at the end of my RAID setup post, I want the storage space on my home NAS divided up into several fixed-size filesystems, each associated with a different purpose. Now, one approach here would have been to divide the physical disks up into several partitions and create several separate RAID arrays on top of those...but that seems a bit like overkill, and certainly isn't very flexible if I later increase the size of the array.


My Home NAS, Part 6: RAID Setup

Now that my home NAS has its hard drives installed, it's time to set up the RAID-1 array. As it turns out, this is pretty simple work. First, create a single Linux RAID Autodetect partition on each disk, taking up its entire usable space. You can do this by running fdisk /dev/sda; fdisk is pretty powerful, so just in case you've never done this before, I'll walk you through the steps.


My Home NAS, Part 5: Finally, Hard Drives

Well, it's been a couple of months since my last post, and I've gotten quite a bit more work done on my home NAS project. When I last posted, I had finished installing the basic hardware and operating system, but hadn't quite settled on the right set of hard drives.  But all that's changed; in fact, the ol' Wind PC has been up and running pretty solid for the last month or two, and I'm happy to report that the project is a success.


My Home NAS, Part 4

Having finished assembling the hardware and installing the base operating system for my home-grown NAS device, I've moved on to the fine art of tweaking.  For now, since there isn't a hard drive in the box for major storage, I'm focusing on two things: the long-term stability of the CompactFlash card, and the general security of the machine.


My Home NAS, Part 3

Now that the hardware's put together, the next step is installing the operating system.  As I mentioned earlier, my goal here is to install Debian Etch (actually, for reasons related to my backup policy, I ended up going with Debian Lenny; the install process is almost exactly the same, but you get slightly newer software) onto the onboard CompactFlash card without having to install an optical drive to do it.



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