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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My Home NAS, Part 2

Well, the hardware's here...at least most of it.  Aside from the defunct Hitachi Deskstar I mentioned in Part 1 of this lovely series, everything else has arrived intact and ready to go.  So, I thought it might be a good time to post some notes on the assembly process.

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My betrayal

Jamie finally convinced me that we needed a Mac. I feel a little bit like a traitor, since I've always complained rather loudly about the arrogance of "Macvangelists." But, I did get one very nice side benefit out of the deal...a free iPod touch.

The silliest thing is that the only reason I'm writing this entry is so that I can try out the WordPress iPod application.

It's kind of like that one time I posted about posting from Linux, except it's considerably more trendy.

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