As a newbie I need help similar to what Chris1bass was asking.
My personal computer is running Win10 Pro 64 bit on an Asus X97 Pro mobo, with an i7-4790K CPU, and using a Samsung 512GB SSD for the OS.
I have a tech friend building me a combination NAS-MediaServer.
It is intended to contain and distribute across my home LAN , all family photos, videos, and music.
(probably using PLEX and a Roku client box at each home TV, I so far believe)
The server case has 12 bays for 3.5" HDDs. I am populating it with 12 Seagate IronWolf 8TB HDDs.
If I use one 8TB for parity, and a second for cache (or should I consider a 1TB SSD for the cache?), do you recommend using unRAID in a one 10 disk set RAID 6 style approach , or in a two 5 disk RAID 6 sets married in a RAID 60 style approach?
The server mobo is a dual Xenon Asus Z10PE-D8 WS , with two Xeon E5-2603 V4 CPUs. The OS (C:) drive is a Samsung 950 Pro nvme SSD.
Please advise me on your recommendations for RAM.
I have been trained most of my life to believe that a hardware RAID controller is always superior to software RAID.
Recently I read the AnandTech article reporting on your unRAID 6 product.
I understand the primo Achilles heel of using a controller card is the catastrophic failure of that hardware card.
I further believe all hardware controller cards use proprietary massaging of the data written across the storage drives.
I may be ready to abandon hardware RAID controller cards.
I read the instructions set out in your "Getting Started with unRAID Server OS" and I am unclear about "...alter configuration settings in your BIOS".
I believe you were referring to the BIOS of the unRAID 6 Server OS . Or were you referring to a different BIOS? To me you were not being very clear.
I am inferring from the "Getting Started..." instructions that pre-installation (on the server machine) of a Linux OS (or any other OS) is not required. I had believed that Linux was a pre-requisite.
Now I perceive unRAID to be an Server OS, and an underlying Linux or Windows etc is not required on the NAS/MediaServer machine. Is that correct?
I have been out of my depth software wise ever since we left DOS behind. Any help you may provide will be greatly appreciated.