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    linux as a storage server


    I would like to build a linux storage server, using ide drives, raid and allow for windows clients to backup their files.

    any ideas where to start or a particular config?

    thanks

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    Build the server using hardware-based RAID.
    Slap on Linux and Samba and you are ready.

    That is what we use for network file sharing.
    Works like a charm. I have no complaints.

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    hardware based raid

    you got any ideas on the cost for a ide raid card. remember it needs to be IDE.

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    I imagine an IDE RAID card could be $150 or less.
    But we use only SCSI RAID around here, so I am
    not sure which controllers Linux might support with
    minimal intervention. You might search around for
    a hardware compatibility FAQ to see if they give a
    list of compatible IDE RAID controllers.

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    You could also just put in a few IDE HDs and RAID them together in a software RAID array. See the Software-RAID-HOWTO on tldp.org for info on that.

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    I would suggest that NOT use a software RAID, hardware raid is much better and easier to administrate. Just pull a disk and put in a blank and its done. Use raid 1 or 5...

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    True, but software RAID is much cheaper.

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    Also true... but i think it is worth the money, save money or dataloss?

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    I can't say that software RAID is that bad. If you're using a normal IDE contoller, than sure, the system may hang or otherwise crash if a hard drive crashes, but at least if you're using ext3, I wouldn't say that there's any risk of data loss, right?

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    True.... ext3 has a good repetition and i have never bumbed in to trouble using it, but when you look at the changelogs on the new kernels you get a little scared, it have been a bunch of really critical fixes in every one of them... so somebody have had problems i guess.

    Software RAID is good but its not half as good as hardware raid at least i think so, i havent used it so much on linux, but on unix it was a pain in the **, if a disk went bad you had to remove the software raid, put in the new disk and configure software raid again... a bunch of administration is what it is...but better then nothing..

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