Setup/use a single networked music folder? Solved

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  1.    03 Apr 2016 #11

    wow thanks
    I'll give that a shot
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  2.    04 Apr 2016 #12

    sdtag said: View Post
    I tried doing this with my NAS, before it crashed.
    I am learning that a NAS device, or mine anyway, formats the drives in linux.
    I am having an awfully hard time trying to retrieve my data.
    Never again. I built a home server and bought an external drive for it.
    I'll share my stuff like that from now on, from a PC, with a windows drive.
    Hi there

    I'm using an HP Proliant Gen 8 Microserver as a NAS with CENTOS 7 as the OS -- you can create NTFS file systems if you want to on most Linux versions - install ntfs-3g package (often installed by default) and you will have 100% READ / WRITE NTFS capability -- wouldn't recommend that though as NTFS isn't a good file system for large volumes of shared data such as multi-media files on a server.

    Share files from Linux to / from Windows in any case is easily done via SAMBA.

    The HP microserver is very tiny, can take up to 4 HDD's and an SSD and you can even run WINDOWS 10 on it as your main OS --built in RAID too if you want it - use the built in W2008 / 2012 server drivers - works fine for W10. Drivers included for CENTOS / RED HAT as well.

    With the price of these cheaper than a typical desktop it's a No brainer as far as I can see --- also you can run a W10 VM or too if you use the Linux OS. These servers are built for continuous running and are far more reliable than cheap consumer grade desktops.

    It's hugely cheaper setting up a NAS in this way rather than buy a specialized NAS box. I run a Squeezebox server (music) and PLEX for video plus other streaming services. You don't need a huge powerful CPU for this type of job also very quiet and low power consumption.

    HP Gen 8 proliant Microserver :

    HP 712317-421 - MicroSvr Gen8 G1610T Entry NHP EU Svr: Computers Accessories

    To boot from SSD use RAID 0 in the setup for SSD as single volume, and in the RAID controller setup set this as the boot device --it's very easy with a nice built in GUI. This way all 4 HDD's are then available for data and the OS is where you want it - on the SSD. I also have a W10 VM on the SSD too.

    (Note you have to add your own HDD's / SSD's when you buy the server - they just fit into the 4 bay caddy).

    I've got 2 of these servers - both running 100% perfectly 24 hrs a day 7 days a week - not a single complaint with them.

    Another trick - although better a topic for another post -- you can use an old Router as an Ethernet-->Wifi bridge so you don't need to mess around finding Wifi adapters for a NAS system if you can't put the box near your cable router or you want to store it out of the way.

    Using the 5GHZ protocol you can get INTERNAL LAN speeds really fast (theoretically up to 433 Mb/s) so attaching the NAS with a small piece of LAN cable to the bridge works really well and saves messy cables all over the place -- with new fast wifi anyway I suspect LAN cables will go the way of the Dodo anyway.

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