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Robbie Ferguson: Okay, so then the next items that I've been looking at I mean I have been looking at free Nast but I don’t they were able to do the same thing as the Drobo were we've got multiple different signs and drives. Same with the open filer, correct me if I'm wrong because I'm just doing my research and I'm consulting the community here. And I have looked at Zeta Fast, looking in to this different types of you know Raid-Z as they call it and then I think what appeals to me a little more than the Drobo is perhaps even making our own data stored solution. Because we really just need to have her done with hard drives we need to be able to have them mixed and match right.
And the job just mentioning that the Drobo is just basically a Linux Device so it can do—it does the same that you can do. So again touch them on and let's build our kind of thing. How much data this Category5 consumed so far I’d about 1.5 terabits.
Christy Burton: Jot says the Drobo has an eSata.
Robbie Ferguson: Has eSata.
Christy Burton: eSata.
Robbie Ferguson: e-S-a-t-a.
Christy Burton: eSata no clue what he said it is.
Robbie Ferguson: Oh, this was the eight-bay you know I’ll never go there.
Christy Burton: Well.
Robbie Ferguson: No.
Christy Burton: Why is that?
Robbie Ferguson: Its way too expensive.
Christy Burton: Oh.
Robbie Ferguson: And you’ve just got to fit the ability to fail out two drives.
Christy Burton: Oh.
Robbie Ferguson: Its, there is not enough advantage on that unit for it to justify the price at all. So the next one as Jot was just say is maybe I can do this myself. But of course, I'm not going to be able to develop a software but there is an application called unRAID which is something that I’ll put in the show notes everything is going to be in the show notes for tonight’s episode 97 so you will be able to link to the stuff and find out how it works and things like that. The unRAID server will allow me to buy like a raid cage for my system which I can just install into any old PC just find one in the back and just, and just throw one of this guys in there. And its going to let me now hold—now unRAID in most basic form is free. And it allows to use three hard drives.
I’d like to see a little more than three hard drives but advantage is to unRAID is that is a little less cheap, you can start with free if you want and its free for the software. I've already got the hard drives it allows me to use multiple difference sizes disk. Its not fast, its not like—its not screaming fast but it let's me have a nice redundant and that in storage array. That’s kind of cool. If I install that five day unit that I just showed you there then I might need to upgrade to their more professional version of the software which can cost about let's say a $120.00.
And then you start getting in their software we’ll support up to 1621 drives I believe. Since this are all things were tossing around.
Christy Burton: Jerry Roberts says, Drobo uses a proprietary storage driver.
Robbie Ferguson: That’s right.
Christy Burton: And you could make a feature of building your own Raid Nast.
Robbie Ferguson: Well that’s what were you know consulting you on is, should that be the direction that we take? Is that something that you know if we feel as a community that that the best thing that I should be doing with regards to our redundant storage here then I would be happy to, to put together such a device on the air and I think that’s the best way to do it.
But then again if the decision is that you know well maybe we should stick with the standard RAID or maybe we should go to with the drill bar or something along those lines or even just to network attached storage with the rate five in it. you know this kinds of thing were all options, so if you're interested in this kind of thing of course follow along because you might learn a few things about my decision process and the decision process the community is going to access with.
But then also if you are at all knowledgeable in this stuff do a little bit of research and just kind of follow along with us and know kind of what direction I'm flowing. I've been working on this for about week just kind of look it into my options and just thinking you know we really need to come up with something and I thought I would include the community make it something that becomes, a resource more so than just me building a RAID or I an installing it without you ever knowing. Because this it will, cost money either way Drobo like I say five to $600.00 for the hardware.
Doing it myself is going to mean, now I've got some computer hardware installed from the business before we close down. So I've got computers, I've got some chassis so good there but I will need a hot swappable base for the internet which will probably cost $200.00 or so.
Christy Burton: Well we all want to watch you do it.
Robbie Ferguson: Oh, yeah.
Christy Burton: See like everybody is, everybody is asking for you to do it in camera.
Robbie Ferguson: So I don’t that much money, so I really want to go with the best solution. So give some thought as a member of the community, give some thought as to what you think I should do and drop minimal live at Category5.tv or of course you can also follow me on twitter, twitter.com/robbieferguson were I’ll be updating my status for all my followers. So they can see kind of where I'm flowing and it can also provide some feedback as well if you have anything hands on what we decide to do.
And Jot just mentioning that all SATA is hot swappable you just need to make Linux aware of it. Yeah, but what I mean by hot swappable is not the fact I'm going to spin down the drive and dismount it and spin it down and then eject it, I want to actually be actually be able to fill out like say the parody drive and run off if they're do fire that kind of thing. I don’t want to have to get my screw driver out.
Christy Burton: Yeah.
Robbie Ferguson: That’s kind of what I mean, so the cage that I was showing you there with the base, so that I can just grab it and go that’s kind of what I'm thinking. Well, cool lots of opinions in the chat room I welcome you to keep, keep talking about it if you like and of course everything that been said tonight and everything that’s going to be said tonight is feature in our IRC logs you can click on IRC button for episode number 96 this is Category5 technology TV, I'm your host Robbie Ferguson and introduce yourself.