The [H]ard Forum Storage Showoff Thread - Post your 10TB+ systems

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EnderW

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This is The [H]ard Forum Storage Showoff Thread

Anyone can post here regardless of system specs, and I will maintain an Top 20 rankings post based on the most total storage and most storage in one chassis.

I'll also try to have some "featured" systems that stand out for what ever reason so if you don't have enough space to crack the top 20, you still have reason to post. Things like
  • Unique setups
  • Clean systems
  • Detailed, nicely formatted posts with good photos

Top 20 Rankings
Drive expanders and all external storage can count towards your total amount, but not towards the chassis ranking. Think of that as the most hard drives in one case.
See croakz's system as an example. His Lightning "system" has 28.4TB of space. However, 12TB of that is in a drive expander, outside of the main system chassis. So that counts towards his total amount, but the most he has in one chassis is 16.4 TB. Also, this is a great example of a neatly formatted post.

If you want your name on the board, the following are required.
  • Pictures of your actual systems (not a screenshot of disk management)
  • Full system specs
  • Post format must follow the example post
  • Obviously you must have more storage than #20 on the list

Once you are ready to be considered for a spot on the board, make a post and send me a PM with the link.
Make sure you have the storage amounts in bold text and at the front of your post

Your post should include the following information. Try to keep it in the same order.
Amount of total storage (if posting multiple systems)
Amount of storage in the following system

Case
PSU
Motherboard
CPU
RAM
GPU (if discrete)
Controller Cards (if any)
Optical Drives
Hard Drives (include full model number)
Battery Backup Units (if any)
Operating System
(A short paragraph here describing what you use your storage for and how you handle backups and organizing would be nice.)

Then post a few pictures somewhere that has decent hosting. If your pictures go down, you get dropped from the board.
I recommend http://imgur.com/



FAQ
Is the "advertised" space before or after raid? Suppose I have 10 1TB drives in raid6 for 8TB of "advertised" space after raid, does this count? I think the intended meaning in the thread is "sum advertised space of drives in your system" (e.g., 10 * 1TB => 10TB), but it could mean "compensate for advertising overhead on the amount of usable space you have" (e.g., 7.6TB because drives are smaller than 1TB each => 8TB).
The sum of the manufacturer stated capacity for all your drives. Ignore RAID, formatting, etc.

Clarification,
at home or work?
And
Paid for by personally or by work?
Home unless you own the business, but if not, feel free to post, it just won't count towards the rankings.

n1ce_hat said:
I think this might be obvious, but I feel like asking. When the storage of our servers inevitably increases as we get more drives, we edit our original posts in the thread and change the amount? That seems like the cleanest way to do it. Then maybe pass on the info to you to change the top 10.
Originally I said update your post, but I think it would be better to make a new post, that way more people will see it. If your ranking changes, send me a PM and I'll update the list.

Also, are we only counting one system per person for the top chassis list?
Correct


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EnderW

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Most Total Storage
  1. houkouonchi 197.4TB Linux
  2. treadstone 109TB Windows Server 2008
  3. asgards 103TB Linux
  4. rprade 94TB Linux
  5. butcher9_9 90.41TB Windows 7
  6. Freak1 68TB Windows Server 2008
  7. Rudde93 50.25TB Solaris 11
  8. jschuricht 48.3TB Windows Server 2008
  9. dodgeboy 48TB OpenSolaris 11
  10. PharetH 46.8TB Windows 2008r2 Server
  11. croakz 43.4TB Windows 2003 Server
  12. rsriprac 43TB Linux
  13. DeadlyOne 42TB Solaris 11
  14. Alexke 38.3TB Windows 7
  15. Wibla 36.57TB Linux
  16. burritoboy9984 35TB Openfiler
  17. pclausen 32TB Windows 7
  18. sergi00 30TB Windows Server 2008
  19. d3vy 29.5TB
  20. FAT245 28TB Windows Server 2008


Most Storage in One Chassis
  1. treadstone 100TB Windows Server 2008
  2. Freak1 58TB Windows Server 2008
  3. Rudde93 50.25TB Solaris 11
  4. butcher9_9 49.048TB Windows 7
  5. jschuricht 48.3TB Windows Server 2008
  6. dodgeboy 48TB OpenSolaris 11
  7. PharetH 46.8TB Windows 2008r2 Server
  8. houkouonchi 45TB Linux
  9. rsriprac 43TB Linux
  10. DeadlyOne 42TB Solaris 11
  11. gigatexal 39.2TB FreeBSD
  12. Alexke 38.3TB Windows 7
  13. burritoboy9984 35TB Openfiler
  14. asgards 33TB Linux
  15. sergi00 30TB Windows Server 2008
  16. d3vy 29.5TB
  17. FAT245 28TB Windows Server 2008
  18. Goros 25.2TB Windows 7
  19. spankit 25TB OpenIndiana
  20. Wibla 24.32TB Linux
  21. jschuricht 24.3TB Windows Server 2008
 
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EnderW

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24.64TB

12 TB

Antec Solo
Supermicro CSE-M35T-1B with Scythe KAMA FLEX Fan SA0925FDB12L
Antec EarthWatts 380W
Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400
Scythe Zipang
Corsair 2 x 1GB DDR2 800MHz TWIN2X2048-6400 G
Syba PCI 4 x SATA controller card SD-SATA-4P
6 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB WD10EACS
4 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB ST31500341AS
APC Smart UPS SUA1500
Windows Home Server

I use this machine to backup my main computer and the HTPC.
I put the Seagate drives in the bottom where they will get more airflow and I put the Western Digital drives at the top, 5 in the Supermicro cage and one below it in the 5.25 bay.
I put a quieter fan in the Supermicro cage and then I used an old Fanmate controller for it and the exhaust fan.




























12.64 TB

Antec Solo
Supermicro CSE-M35T-1B with Scythe KAMA FLEX Fan SA0925FDB12L
Antec EarthWatts 430W
Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
Zalman CNPS8700
Thermalright HR-05 IFX with Scythe KAMA FLEX Fan SA0825FDB12L
Corsair 2 x 2GB DDR2 800MHz TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G
HighPoint-RocketRAID 2320
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB WD6400AAKS
8 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB ST31500341AS
Samsung SH-S183 DVD±RW
APC Smart UPS SUA1500
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit

This is my HTPC/file server. It will be connected to the TV and surround sound for watching stuff I download. It will also share file serving duty with the WHS.
It was a very similar build as you can see by the spec list. I am using RAID5 on this machine though and went with a faster processor and stronger GPU to handle media playback. One thing I did to help drive temperatures in the Supermicro cage is put the Western Digital drive in the third position (middle) since it runs significantly cooler than the Seagate drives, I thought this simple change might keep all the drives a degree or two cooler. Also you can see I went with a huge cooler for the northbridge as I'd seen some reports the Nvidia 9400 can get a little toasty and I usually like to go for overkill on heatsinks.











 

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My contribution to get things going:



I submit Galaxy 6.0 for my total storage (50tb advertised):

5 Systems:

Biostar TF720 AM2+ Motherboard w/ Onboard Video
AMD Athlon X2 4050e 45w Processor
2 x A-Data 2GB DDRII 800 Memory Kit
2 x Supermicro SAT2 MV8 SATA Controllers PCI-X 8 Port
Norco 2040 20 Bay Hot Swap Rackmount Case w/ 1 Internal HDD Bay
PC&P/Corsair 750W Power Supply
1TB Seagate SATA Drive for Operating System
20 x Seagate SATA 1TB Drive for Storage (Varies per machine, some have 400's, some have 500's, etc)
Microsoft Windows Home Server Operating System


Full build information can be found here: http://www.networkisdown.com/showthread.php?t=276&page=10





And I submit Galaxy 6.0a as an individual system (21tb advertised):

Biostar TF720 AM2+ Motherboard w/ Onboard Video
AMD Athlon X2 4050e 45w Processor
2 x A-Data 2GB DDRII 800 Memory Kit
2 x Supermicro SAT2 MV8 SATA Controllers PCI-X 8 Port
Norco 2040 20 Bay Hot Swap Rackmount Case w/ 1 Internal HDD Bay
PC&P 750W Power Supply
1TB Seagate SATA Drive for Operating System
20 x Seagate SATA 1TB Drive for Storage
Microsoft Windows Home Server Operating System







Full galaxies build logs:

http://www.networkisdown.com/showthread.php?t=276
 

Joe Average

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Get things going? Geezus, Ockie, you need to create a 50TB+ thread and close it with the first post... good lord. :) You just basically embarrassed anyone and pretty much everyone else into abject shame - who the hell wants to follow that up now? :D hehehe

And nice work, of course. And fantastic wiring job on the last one there, extremely clean and well tied off...
 

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Previous version

Since then, I've updated swapped some drives.

Abel

Total space: 13.72TB
Effective space after format and with RAID: 12.42TB

AMD AM2 X2 3600+ Windsor
Biostar BIOSTAR TForce TF570SLI
OCZ 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400
ATi x600
WD 160 AAJS
WD 8x500AAKS
SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8
WD 11x1TB GP
Seagate 8x320GB
HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 PCI Express x4 SATA II RAID Card
Corsair TX650
SilverStone OP650 Olympia 650W
Lian Li PC-201b
Server 2003 SP1

http://www.protias.com/pictures/computers/abel - 07-01-08.jpg
 
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Updated 09/08/11:

Total multiple system storage 197.4TB
Total single/internal system storage 45TB

Newest rack picks. Disk activity isn't taken well with the flash (took two different shots to try to show difference). Included a bit blury no-flash pick which shows all LEDs as active:

New 30x3 TB drives bought from Fry's. Arranged the boxes up on a wall to take a pic =)


No flash pic (shows disk activity but blurry):


Two flash pics (clear but disk activity washed out):



Back of the rack showing cables going to boxes with just a SAS expander in them:




Older Rack pics:
Rack from the side (Without the side panel on yet:

Rack from the Front (machines in order: zeroshell, kaizoku, chikan, osol, dekabutsu)

Cables going from the rack to the cloest in the master bedroom which in turn goes to my desk that has my monitor, speakers, mouse, etc..). The 'dekabutsu' machine is also my normal use rig:

Cables that go to different drops throughout the house (through the attic) that go into the patch panel at the top of the rack:

Back of the rack (with some view of the cablemanagement):

Pic of the top half of the rack (including patch panel):

A little bit lower where you can see the monitor/UPS/switch:

A bit lower where you can see the cables to the switch nad digiCM (I havent ran cables for the digiCM yet):

Shot of behind the rack with power usage of all machines turned on and semi-idle (1006W):

Another shot of the front of the rack (with flash):



Main storage box (bottom machine in the rack 'dekabutsu').

Total Storage 130 TB
Usable Storage: 120TB (raid6+raid6)
Largest single chasis storage: 45 TB (15x3TB)

NORCO RPC-4020 Case (4U)
Supermicro MBD-X8DTH-iF-O
Dual Intel Xeon E5530 CPU (2.4 Ghz)
48GB DDR3 PC-1333 ECC Memory
MSI Geforce gtx 470
ARC-1280ML raid controller
20x2TB Hitachi SATA (raid6)
ARC-1880x raid controller
30x3TB Hitachi SATA (raid6)
OS: Sabayon linux x64

Oldest pics:

http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newraid/dsc_5338.jpg
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newraid/dsc_5339.jpg
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newraid/dsc_5340.jpg
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newraid/dsc_5330.jpg
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newraid/dsc_5332.jpg

Old Pics:

















I use this box for my main storage of multimedia. It is primarily comprised of unlicensed anime/asian drama and some other stuff I would rather not say on this forum. I also use this as my gaming rig.

Backup box (labeled 'osol' in rack 2nd from bottom)

Total Storage 20 TB
Usable Storage: 18TB (raidz2)



NORCO RPC-4020 Case(4U)
Supermicro C2SEA-O Motherboard
Core 2 duo E6700 (2.66 Ghz)
4GB DDR3 Memory
AOC-USAS2-L8E SAS2 JBOD controller
20x1TB seagate (raidz2) 18TB useable
Running Open Solaris snv134


Second backup box (labeled 'chikan' in rack 3nd from bottom)

Total Storage 6 TB
5.25TB (usable raid5)

Supermicro SC825TQ-560LPB case (560watt/2U)
ASUS server board (forget the model)
Core 2 quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz
8GB DDR2-800 Memory
8x750 GB Seagate HD
ARC-1220 raid controller

Misc usage server (labeled 'kaizoku' in rack 2nd from top):

Total Storage 3 TB

Supermicro CSE-811T-260B Case (260watt/1U)
Another ASUS server board I dont know the model of
8GB DDR2-800 Memory
Core 2 duo E6600 2.4 Ghz
2x.1.5TB Seagate disks (no raid)

Router box/zeroshell (labeled 'zeroshell' top machine in rack):

Total Storage 3 TB

Supermicro CSE-811T-260B Case (260watt/1U)
Supermicro X7SPA-H Atom D510 board/CPU combo
3GB DDR2 SODIMM
2x.1.5TB Seagate disks (no raid)

Used to bond two 35/35 connections now I have one 150/75 connection from VZ. It runs a web-server, torrents and NAT's my 150 mbit connection. Here are some pics from that install.

The new SFU ONT still in its bag =)


It unpackaged and opened:


Old ONT's:


Old ONT with its door open (ready to get removed):


ONT removed and frank winding the fiber:


New ONT mount mounted:


Fiber being rapped in new mount:


Mount cover on:


New ONT installed ready for fiber:


Back to my serving hub hooking me up to GPON:


Remaining GPON drops:


Hub Box view when closed:


New ONT installed but red-light of death and Frank couldn't get it provisioned:


Frank decides to go to the SOHO (1500G) monster ONT which the original order was for. Removes 1000GT and installs mount for 1500:



New monster ONT closeup:


Red light of death on the new ONT as well:


New monster ONT after a couple phone calls and frank is able to get someone to fix the problem and ONT closed (service is up and running)


Pic of Frank who did an AWESOME job. I told him I was gonna post these pics to a forum and previously avoided taking any pics of him directly but he was ok with having his picture put up. This guy rocked hard:



Some Speedtests:






OLD:
This does bonding via VPN of my two 35/35 FIOS connections at home. Here is a picture of the FIOS connections outside the house:

Picture are located at:

http://box.houkouonchi.jp/dual_ont
Colo Box (colo'd at work)
Total Storage 13 TB
Usable Storage: 10TB (raid6+raid10+raid0).


I upgraded this system to a new case and mobo so my ARC-1280ML no longer has to be jerry rigged as you can see from the old pics. New specs:

2U supermicro (SC825TQ-R720UB)
This has dual 720 watt 90%+ effeciency PSUs
Intel Xeon E5530 2.4 Ghz
24GB DDR3-1333 Memory
8x1500 GB seagate 7200.11 drives (raid6/raid10)
4x256 GB OCZ Core 2 SSD's (raid0)
ARC-1231ML
Supermicro/Intel Quad Gig UIO NIC (AOC-UG-I4)
Onboard graphics

Total Internet connectivity:
1400 megabits.

New Pics:















Oldpics:

Front:
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newservdc/front.jpg

Back:
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/newservdc/back.jpg

Some pics when I upgraded it to 8x1.5 TB drives:

http://box.houkouonchi.jp/server_hd_upgrade/DSC_0761.jpg
http://box.houkouonchi.jp/server_hd_upgrade/DSC_0763.jpg


I use this server to host several game-servers, seed torrents, and run the free image hosting I setup for hardforums. It has 400 megabits of internet connectivity via 4 NICs. I also use this as a backup of my important files that are on my home system.

In the future the 4x2.5 inch drives bays will become SSDs (probably in 1-2 months) to help bring down the I/O load on the server from seeding torrents.

New Mythbox

Total Storage: 16 TB

Norco RPC 4020 Case
Intel Xeon X3440 2.53 Ghz
4GB DDR3 1066 Memory
Nvidia Geforce 8600GT
Areca ARC-1220 Raid controller
8x2 TB hitachi 7200 RPM (raid6)

Back of the machine showing tuner cards/vid:


Top of the machine with cover off (getting ready to replace old box)


Old and new box in the same shot:


This is the box which i used for all my TV. It has 2 genpix DVB-S tuners for HD sat, 1 nexus DVB-S for non HD sat and 2 pchdtv cards for OTA HD. It can record 5 things at once and get non-recompressed sat streams from dish network.

Old Mythbox (now a spare machine).

Total Storage: 6.4 TB

Raid: 3.5 TB useable 4 TB total:
Nonraid: 900GB
External 1.5TB

Cooler master CM stacker Case
Core 2 duo E6850 3 Ghz
4GB DDR2-800 Memory
Nvidia Geforce 8600GT
Promise EX8350 Raid Controller
8x500 GB 7200.10 seagate drives (raid5)
3x300 GB PATA maxtor (LVM)
2x750 GB eSATA seagate external drives.

 
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LittleMe

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Advertised Space: 20.25TB
Effective Space: 16.98TB


NORCO RPC-4020 4U Rackmount Server Case
Intel S3210SHLC LGA 775 Intel 3210 Server Motherboard
Intel E6550
4GB Kingston DDR2-800 ECC memory
Antec Quattro 850 PSU
Intel Dual-Port 10GbE Server Network Card
Areca ARC-1261ML PCI-E x8 16-port SATA II RAID Card w/ 2GB
20x Seagate 1TB ES.2
1x Maxtor 250GB (boot drive)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2

Build there is here

 
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Dew

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Once you are ready to be considered for a spot on the board, make a post and send me a PM with the link.
If it doesn't meet the requirements, I'll tell you what to fix, or I may just delete your PM - this shouldn't be complicated. If you can build a machine that qualifies, you should be able to follow simple instructions. I'm not going to be a nazi about it, I just want a clean, organized thread.

Your post should include the following information. Try to keep it in the same order.

Amount of total storage (if posting multiple systems)
Amount of storage in the following system


Just a point of clarification:
To be ranked you must obviously have over 10tb, is it in one system or in multiple?

For example, my "Terabyte" fileserver currently has 8xWD10EACS and a 320GB system drive. It obviously is almost 2TB short of 10TB and therefore does not qualify for ranking as a single server. That said, my "Terabyte 2" fileserver will have in excess of 16TB once my HDDs arrive(9xWD20EADS on order). It would qualify for the single server rank. Does Terabyte contribute to my total storage rank(It is below 10TB)?

Either way, it doesn't impact me personally, as terabyte is getting a 2TB drive and it will be larger than 10TB. However, I thought others could benefit from this clarification.
 

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A little over 16 TB:

Lian Li V2100B Plus II
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610w
Intel DP965LT with a E2180
Gskill 2 x 1GB 667mhz
16 x Seagate 7200.11 1TB (RAID 5)
1 x Seagate 80gb (boot)
Areca 1280ML
Matrox G550 PCIe x1
APC HT1500 with additional battery
Windows Server 2003 Standard x86

I'll soon be migrating to a new motherboard/case and adding 8 x 2TB drives.



 

Blue Fox

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Home (some exceptions like colocation are acceptable since you still own it) and personal use.
 

EnderW

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Just a point of clarification:
To be ranked you must obviously have over 10tb, is it in one system or in multiple?

For example, my "Terabyte" fileserver currently has 8xWD10EACS and a 320GB system drive. It obviously is almost 2TB short of 10TB and therefore does not qualify for ranking as a single server. That said, my "Terabyte 2" fileserver will have in excess of 16TB once my HDDs arrive(9xWD20EADS on order). It would qualify for the single server rank. Does Terabyte contribute to my total storage rank(It is below 10TB)?

Either way, it doesn't impact me personally, as terabyte is getting a 2TB drive and it will be larger than 10TB. However, I thought others could benefit from this clarification.
Multiple
 

gjvrieze

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File/Sage TV Server:

14.08TB

Norco 4020 Case
ASUS DSBF-DE
Dual Intel Xeon Quads e5410s.
4GBs FB-DIMM
80GB Boot
(14) 1TB Seagate drives in RAID 6
Areca 1280ML RAID controller

Backup Server:

11TB

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
AMD 4200x2
2GB RAM
120GB Boot
(2) 1TBs
(6) 1.5TBs
(No RAID)


 
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Ockie, really nice system.

But, you might want to move it away from the water heater. Any bad water leaks and you would not be happy. :(





Greg
 

Ockie

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Ockie, really nice system.

But, you might want to move it away from the water heater. Any bad water leaks and you would not be happy. :(





Greg

Yeah I knew people would mention the water heater. I wouldn't be happy regardless as its a brand new water heater ;)

Also, I'm not too concerned really, I do plan on building out the basement which will give the rack a proper and permanent place.
 

leSLIe

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wow!!!! :eek: those rigs can really store some enormous amounts of pr0... ergg... i mean "important data" ;)
 

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question.... what do you guys do if one of those drives were to die?? I am sure you are using some kind of raid but if you have say 10TB of total space to use, wtf do you do when one drive goes kaput?
 

epimetheus

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question.... what do you guys do if one of those drives were to die?? I am sure you are using some kind of raid but if you have say 10TB of total space to use, wtf do you do when one drive goes kaput?

The posts all say what configuration they are using, i.e. RAID5, 6, WHS, etc.
 

Bigbacon

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The posts all say what configuration they are using, i.e. RAID5, 6, WHS, etc.

ok so when you guys say I have 10TBs you really have 20TB worth of drives or 5TB worth of usable space? I am no raid knowledge base. I just always think of the mirroring.

Do you guys have spares laying around just in case one does die that you can get a new one in there right away?

You guys should also add (some did iwth the pictures) how much space you are actually using.
 

Blue Fox

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ok so when you guys say I have 10TBs you really have 20TB worth of drives or 5TB worth of usable space? I am no raid knowledge base. I just always think of the mirroring.

Do you guys have spares laying around just in case one does die that you can get a new one in there right away?

You guys should also add (some did iwth the pictures) how much space you are actually using.
With RAID 3/4/5/6, you only lose 1 drive to parity info (2 for RAID 6). You get some protection from drive failure, but at the expense of having to do parity calculations. It is also either very slow or very expensive with a hardware RAID card (the Areca 1280ML that a few people have posted, me included, retails for $1200). I would imagine that most of us have spare drives laying around in case something fails. I have a 1TB drive sitting on my desk that I didn't count. I guess I'll also update my post with how much I'm using.
 

n1ce_hat

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Total single system storage: 19.25TB

- - -

My fileserver: Super Ghost

Case - Norco RPC-4020
PSU - Corsair TX750W
Mobo - Asus Maximus Formula
CPU - Intel C2D E8500 (6MB cache)
RAM - 2 x 1GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800
GPU - MSI nVidia GeForce 8600GT (w/Zalman VNF100 passive heatpipe cooler)
RAID controller - Highpoint RocketRaid 2340 PCIe 8x (4x miniSAS to 16x SATAII)
HDDs - 4x WD 500GB, 3x Seagate 500GB, 6x Seagate 1TB, 6x Seagate 1.5TB, 1x Seagate 750GB
ODD - slim Samsung SN-S083A SATA DVD-RW
OS - Windows Home Server PP2
Other - PCIe 8-channel CCTV card
Power Consumption - ~280w average, ~540w boot








Older pics:




Worklog

Edit 3/1/09: New HDD - 1x 500GB Seagate
Edit 5/9/09: New HDDs - 2x 1.5TB Seagate, removed 1x 750GB Seagate, added a GeForce 8600GT, PCI-e CCTV card, and a slim Samsung SATA DVD-RW
Edit 6/6/09: New CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
 
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jschuricht

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Total single chassis storage: 48.3TB
Total single system storage: 54.9TB

Server - BT1

Case - Supermicro SC846E1-R900B
PSU - 900w redundant
UPS - 2X Tripplite SU2200RT2U
Mobo - Supermicro X7DWN+
CPU - 2X Intel Xeon E5420 @ 3GHz
RAM 1 - 4X 2GB Kingston DDR2 FB-DIMM PC5300
RAM 2 - 4X 4GB Samsumg DDR2 FB-DIMM PC5300
RAM 3 - 4X 4GB Aimonda DDR2 FB-DIMM PC5300
RAM 4 - 4X 4GB Nanya Tech DDR2 FB-DIMM PC5300
GPU - Onboard ATI ES1000
RAID controller - Supermicro AOC-USAS-H4iR
ARRAY 1 - 2X WD 150GB Raptor RAID 1 (boot)
ARRAY 2 - 24X Hitachi 2TB HD32000 RAID 6 (movies/pr0n/ISCSI boot partitions)
ARRAY 3 - 2X 450GB 15k Hitachi RAID 1 (soon to be 12x RAID 10 for ISCSI and VM drives)
ARRAY 4 - 6X 500GB WD RE2 RAID 10 (VM space)
HOT SPARE Hitachi 2TB HD32000
OS - Windows Server 2008R2 Datacenter X64
Remote management - Supermicro AOC-SIMSO+
5X 12 drive DataON DNS-1200 JBOD enclosures






EDIT: 3-4-09

HDD 2 - 6X WD 500GB RE2 RAID 5 (pron)
changed to
HDD 2 - 6X WD 500GB RE2 RAID 6 (pron/ISCSI boot partitions)

4X WD1000FYPS ordered for total of 18

EDIT: 3-9-09

Total single system storage: 17.3TB
changed to
Total single system storage: 21.3TB

HDD 3 - 14X WD 1000GB RE2GP RAID 6 (movies)
changed to
HDD 3 - 18X WD 1000GB RE2GP RAID 6 (movies/ISCSI boot partitions)

EDIT: 5-2-09

Total single system storage: 21.3TB
changed to
Total single system storage: 24.3TB

All drives now WesternDigital 1TB RE2

EDIT: 9-19-09

Added 16GB RAM for 24GB total.

EDIT: 3-18-10

Added 32GB RAM for 56GB total

EDIT: 4-9-10

Total single system storage: 24.3TB
changed to
Total single system storage: 48.3TB

24X WD 1000GB RE2GP
changed to
24X Hitachi 2TB HD32000

EDIT: 6-1-11

Added 5 12 drive DataON DNS-1200 JBOD enclosures
Added ARRAY 3 - 2X 450GB 15k Hitachi RAID 1 (soon to be 12x RAID 10 for ISCSI and VM drives)
Added ARRAY 4 - 6X 500GB WD RE2 RAID 10 (VM space)
Added HOT SPARE Hitachi 2TB HD32000
Total single system storage: 48.3TB
changed to
Total single system storage: 54.9TB
 
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Wibla

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Total multi-system capacity: 36.57TB

Monster: 12.25TB advertised - 9.1TB formatted

Case: Coolermaster Stacker STC-T01
HDD Modules: Coolermaster 4-in-3
PSU: Corsair HX520
Motherboard: Asus P5WDG2-WS
CPU: Intel Celeron-D 3GHz
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 + Nexus Fan
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X PC2-6400 DDR2 2×2GB
Controller: 3ware Escalade 9500S-12 PCI-X
Storage HDDs: 12 x Samsung F1 1TB - RAID5 + Hotspare
System HDD: 250GB Samsung 2.5" SATA 5400rpm
NIC: Intel e1000 PCI-Express Gig-E NIC
GPU: Asus GF7300LE
DVDRW: Aopen 20x
Fans: Nexus 120mm / Aopen Tri-Cool
OS: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.3 (Lenny)






Oberon: 24.32TB advertised - 19.1TB formatted

Case: Coolermaster Stacker STC-T01
HDD Modules: Coolermaster 4-in-3
PSU: Corsair HX520
Motherboard: Asus P5WDG2-WS
CPU: Intel Celeron-D 352
RAM: 2×1GB PC5300
Controller: 3ware Escalade 9500S-12 PCI-X + onboard ports
Storage HDDs: 16 x 1.5TB Seagate LP
System HDD: 1×320GB Samsung (PATA)
NIC: Intel e1000 PCI-Express Gig-E NIC
GPU: Sapphire X550
Fans: Nexus/Scythe
OS: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.3 amd64 (Lenny)



 
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So Ender, when do you think you are going to update the second post? Quite a few people have replied and only two people are listed =P
 

asgards

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also would be real nice if current sizes would be listed ;)

btw was wondering, what we do with updates? repost or just edit current post and ping Ender?
 

EnderW

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So Ender, when do you think you are going to update the second post? Quite a few people have replied and only two people are listed =P

also would be real nice if current sizes would be listed ;)

btw was wondering, what we do with updates? repost or just edit current post and ping Ender?

sorry for the lack of updates, I'll have both issues addressed by the end of the day
thanks guys

edit: should be done, send me a PM if anything is off
 

n1ce_hat

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btw was wondering, what we do with updates? repost or just edit current post and ping Ender?
I asked about this as well, and he put it in the FAQ.

Editing the post and mentioning at the bottom of your original post which components changed and when. I think we can keep the thread very clean and short if only new entries are added.
 

croakz

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Amount of total storage: 43.4TB

Lightning: 16.4TB

Case: Norco 4020
PSU: PCP&C Silencer 750
Motherboard: Asus DSBV-DX
CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon L5410 (quadcore 2.33GHz low-voltage)
RAM: 6 x 2GB fb-dimms
Controller Cards: Adaptec 31605 (16port SAS)
Controller Cards: Sun StorageTek SAS RAID HBA (Adaptec 5085) ## Drives SAS Expander
Boot Drive: some Seagate 200GB
Hard Drives: 8 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB (soon to be R5)
Hard Drives: 8 x Seagate Cheetah T10 300GB (R0)
Hard Drives: 4 x WD Caviar RE2 500GB (JBOD)
Battery Backup Units: Ativa 1200VA UPS (Soon to be on it's on APC 1500VA UPS)
Operating System: Windows 2003 Server

SAS Expander: 12TB

## Attached to Lightning
Hard Drives: 16 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB (R6)
SAS Expander: 3U 16bay

Thunder: 15TB

Case: Norco 4020
PSU: PCP&C Silencer 750
Motherboard: Intel S5000PSL
CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon L5410 (quadcore 2.33GHz low-voltage)
RAM: 4 x 2GB fb-dimms
Controller Cards: Areca 1680ix-24
Boot Drive: some WD 200gb drive
Hard Drives: 20 x Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB (R6)
Battery Backup Units: Ativa 1200VA UPS
Operating System: Windows 2003 Server

Rack: Hardigg Classic Rack 11U

I can't decide if I'm gonna call my server setup Storpocalypse or Driveageddon :). Thunder has been my domain controller and fileserver for a while, Lightning was just recently built up to be a toybox. I'm gonna use the drives in the SAS Expander off of Lighting as my main backup. I have a bunch of Raptors I was gonna put in there vs the 500s, but figured the SAS stripe was plenty fast to play around with for now. Might scrap w2k3 off of Lightning and play with virtualization, it'd be cool if I could get WHS on a VM with it controlling the SAS Expander.

Fun facts: From the APC monitoring software, Thunder takes ~315w idle, the SAS Expander takes ~200w idle, and Lightning takes ~405w idle. Yikes. Time to move some UPSes around.

From the bottom up (Thunder 4U, Lightning 4U, and Lightning's 3U SAS Expander)

 

Ockie

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IMO an expander shouldn't count towards a total single system as its actually seperate system with attached storage.
 

jschuricht

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The expander shouldn't matter. All an expander is a method of connecting more drives without massive amounts of cables. My server uses an internal expander, four SAS lanes bundled together connecting 24 drives. As I fill my server, I will add a second SC846E1 chassis and daisy chain it to the first for 48 drive goodness. It is still a single system, just split between two cases.
 

EnderW

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IMO an expander shouldn't count towards a total single system as its actually seperate system with attached storage.
The expander shouldn't matter. All an expander is a method of connecting more drives without massive amounts of cables. My server uses an internal expander, four SAS lanes bundled together connecting 24 drives. As I fill my server, I will add a second SC846E1 chassis and daisy chain it to the first for 48 drive goodness. It is still a single system, just split between two cases.
I agree with Ockie, but I admit I wasn't clear initially. Expanders can count towards your total storage amount, but not towards the largest system amount. What I meant by "system" was really "chassis" or "case" so I have renamed that ranking.
 

croakz

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No problem here, just figured since it cant be run on it's own it'd be counted as whatever machine it's apart of.

I'll edit my post. Thanks EnderW for maintaining all this.
 

xenotype

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IMO an expander shouldn't count towards a total single system as its actually seperate system with attached storage.

Hey ock-meister. While i've never dabbled in such high end storage, i don't think expanders count as systems, i dont believe they run an independent OS, have a CPU, or NIC for that matter. Right? Not trying to be argumentative, youre my storage god, but just curious about the tech.
 

Blue Fox

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Hey ock-meister. While i've never dabbled in such high end storage, i don't think expanders count as systems, i dont believe they run an independent OS, have a CPU, or NIC for that matter. Right? Not trying to be argumentative, youre my storage god, but just curious about the tech.
SAS supports multiple HBAs however, so you could have 2 computers attached to an expander.
 
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