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I’m an Apple Mac fan. Although I own three Apple computers I still can’t get away from Microsoft Windows. I’m quite happy with the latest incarnation Windows 7 which is the only reason I have it around.
Built around the Antec 300, it has become my third backup solution of my photos.
As you can see from the photos, it’s full of cables; I’m ashamed of my cable management skills. It was tidy, but after consistantly inserting and pulling out components I gave up!
These photos were taking with a Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye lens and a D300.
More photos can be viewed here
I received my Antec 300 case this morning, naturally I photographed the unpacking! At this time I can’t install the components yet as the server is backing up my files. Hopefully it’ll be done soon!! BTW, the top fan is HUGE!!
I spent some hard earned money yesterday; I bought a new Antec 300 case and the Adaptec 2410 raid controller for my server. I still haven’t decided on which OS so I’ve left it until I receive those two components and I will try to document as much as I can to help out those who also want to build a dedicated Raid Server.
My requirements are clear:
- Stable Operating System. So it will probably be a Linux variation (I’m open to suggestions).
- GUI interface. I dislike CLI.
- Dual boot to Windows 7 so it can double as a normal PC. I don’t need access to Raid partition from W7.
- Raid 5 configuration, so it must be compatible with Adaptec 2410 controller.
- Very reliable and updatable.
The front runner is Ubuntu Server Edition, but I don’t know enough about it to make an informed decision at this time. Researching the OS continues.
Links to Antec 300 review
*** UPDATE 25 Sept 2010 ***
There is a massive limitation of the Raid controller in that it only allows a maximum volume of 2TB. That is a huge limiting factor when I need a solution than can expand beyond 8TB in the long term. Currently I’m using Windows 7 as my third tier backup solution after my Synology DS1010+ I bought a few weeks ago.