I've started this thread because i wanted a cheap solution for my data storage problem, but i didn't found a cheap solution with an easy setup-function AND easy administration. So i went to some low cost NAS but sold them some days after getting them, they didn't sattisfied me.
Two weeks ago MediaMarkt (a great german consumer electronic retailer) launched a campaign with the slogan "We sell 1000 products to the price we bought them!" and *surprisesurprise* they got a HP DataVault X312 for little less then 350 € in the shop. Two weeks before that campaign i bought two cheap 2 Tb Seagate HDDs for storing some TV series and make backup of my PC, but didn't do it in time. So the two drives lay around in our bedroom (my "office" since we got our daughter
). Oh, the PC and the X312 are conected with an Netgear GS 108 GE gigabit switch.
But back to the HP DataVault X312! Here are some informations about the device:
X310 (US model), X311 (european modell)
Windows Home Server
Intel Atom D510 Dual Core 1.66GHz
1TB (1 x 1TB)
: 1, with port multiplier support!
: 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
: 2 Years in germany
The X312 is simillar to the X311 but with 2 Tb of storage (build with two Seagate 1Tb HDDs).
The setup was done realy fast, the client software was easy to handle and the whole OS settings were done in around 10 minutes but ... why are there only so few settings??? And the first file copy tests didn't show me an im pressive increase (40 - 50 Mbyte / sercond for hunge MKVs and 30 - 40 Mbyte / second for small AVIs) to all these cheap HDD enclosures i owned before. But i smelled that there was a little bit more potential in the air!
A short research on the internet explained that this "clear" GUI is for the entry users. And there is a magic word called "AddIn", which can solve ALL problems very easy. So i installed the AddIns "WHS Advanced Admin Console" + "LightsOut" + "FileManager". The most important AddIn ist WHS Advanced Admin Console where you can change everything like on an normal OS. So i did a small tweak and activated Jumbo Frames 9k on my PC and my X312 and ...
Huge MKVs = 84 - 87 Mbyte / second
Small AVIs = 73 - 75 Mbyte / second
That's the way i wanted it all the time!
So the next step would be to buy a Lian Li EX-50B
and a 5 2Tb-HDDs to get ALL my MKVs in the home network. With this little box i got aroud 14 Tb of storage space which is plenty enough for the next year!