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use a eSATA raid tower as a NAS

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#1 Laharl


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 03:21 AM

Laptop or Desktop?

i want a low power system on a board

My budget for the new computer is:

$75 USD for the board only (excluding shipping)

all needed peripherals are expected to be more and are not included in the scope of my question.

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?

i want to make a low power NAS on a budget

What software do you intend on using on the computer?

debian based linux distros, rutorrent/rtorrent

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?

i only plan on using it as a NAS and as a always on torrent seed box


Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?

it will serve my music to my home computer and mainly played on my MPD (volumio)

im using FLACs with some MP3s


my main use

serving my music (FLACs and MP3s uploaded from my home computer) to my volumio device

downloading certain tracks to my android device

personal file storage

acting as a torrent seedbox

Will you be overclocking?
only if needed


Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
no preferred stores, please use MSRP if available


How many monitors are you planning to use?
1 at the beginning

eventually none it will be a headless device

i have DVI-D VGA and HDMI


Do you need peripherals? OS?


Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

i need a nas because my ESATA card extremely confusing instructions for building the driver for linux



1) needs to run a debian based distro

2) needs to have a SATA Port

3) Needs to have support for SATA port Multiplier, either offically or though a soft mod

4) needs to support SATA 3, although i would settle for SATA 2


my existing Hardware (this will be used in the build):

1) a raid tower (towerraid TR4M - http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr4mb.html)




basicly im looking at the banana pi because it has a sata and it has a guide on how to enable SATA port multiplier (http://www.htpcguides.com/build-debian-image-for-banana-pi-pro-sata-port-multiplier/)

however what i heed to know is if i can install the mod as described in the guide, directly connecting my raid tower (using a sata to eSATA cable) skiping the port multiplier device in the guide, and pretty much be good to go (except for needing to do all necessary configurations)


for those unfamiliar with the TR4M

its a raid tower

it supports up to 4 Drives

it conntcts to your computer using 1 eSATA connection

it supports SATA-3 (although im currently using SATA 2 drives

it comes with a Rais card however driver building for the latest Ubuntu/mint is complicated for those without much time or linux build troubleshooting knowledge.


so would the banana pi be a good choice, or would you recommend something else.


edit: the title is a little misleading, im looking for sugestions "system on a board" type computers

Edited by Laharl, 04 December 2015 - 01:29 PM.

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 08:45 PM

The banana pi could work. Maybe that's a good use for my extra Pi 2 sitting around.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 11:03 PM

The banana pi could work. Maybe that's a good use for my extra Pi 2 sitting around.

I would except there is no sata on the rpi.
So i am looking for alternatives.
USB would be to slow to be usable for my needs. Plus the need to buy cages/adapters.

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