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  1. Oh! so IIUC DS918+ in XPenology supports 16 drives OOTB? It is this one or the 4s (I'm not sure which one makes more sense). I know it supports CSM OOTB but users reported that CSM was permanently disabled after a BIOS uprgade IIUC. OK, thanks. But If I get an AMD APU just because it is currently the cheapest option, can XPenology just "ignore" the iGPU or is it going to cause any trouble? Tx -a-
  2. Once again, thank you very much for the very detailed reply and the links. It looks like things are much more complicated than I first imagined and I need to learn a lot about different things before I can get things started. Thanks for clarifying the fact that dGPU in DSM are not an option and that it is either iGPU with Haswell and up or nothing at all. That's one less thing to worry about actually Now, from what I could understand after a little reading I have 2 options: - Either I go the DS3615/17xs route (and I get support for 12 drives OOTB) - Or I go t
  3. What about this one: It's less expensive. It doesn't support RAID5 but I guess I will use the software RAID from DSM, right? PCIe2.0 x8. That means no dGPU... Or a more modern mainboard. Are these the type of cables I would need to connect sATA drives on such cards?
  4. Hi Sorry but my google-fu appears to be weak: Is LSI a brand? Or a chipset family? Or ...? Apparently it's a brand belonging to Avago & Broadcom now. What is IT mode? "... some LSI cards can be switched in IT (pass-through) mode rather than RAID mode (and vice-versa) by simply loading the appropriate firmware." What is the difference between an HBA and a controller? Apparently an HBA will have a chip to do the "work" while a controller will rely on the CPU. Is that right? In addition HBAs don't use internal port multipliers, right?
  5. Thanks Can you point to where I can find this information so I can better plan what I will build. AFAIU XPenology rigs present themselves as existing DS models to the OS (DSM). Could an XPenology "DS918+" have 8 HDDs? Or do I need to use a different model to spoof DSM? I'd like to stay as close as possible to a DS18XX+ but AFAIR XPeanology rigs use all the same reference model. It use to be a 12 bay IIRC. Now it's the DS918+?
  6. Thank you VERY much both @bearcat and @IG-88 for your valuable explanations and recommendations. I will need to take the time to study them in details. (I have no idea what multiplexing of sATA ports means, yet. Or HBA, or ...) What kind of bandwidth would each HDD require? @IG-88 you mentioned 1000MBps for 10 disks would be too little IIUC. How much bandwidth should I have for 8 disks? No matter what I do, there is no way I can give each of them the full 600MBps theoretical max of sATA3 unless I find some PCIe3.0 x8 sATA3 controller with 8 ports (if that even exists, or a PCIe2.0 x1
  7. Hi I read that XPenology can run "on almost any hardware". Are there any known incompatibilities/limitations that I should know about to avoid any pitfall? For my first trial at XPenology, I was thinking of running it on the following hardware if this would be possible: - MB: Asus P8B75-M LX or Asus P8Z77-M or Gigabyte ga-z87-hd3 (this one supports 6 sATA3 6gbps drives) - CPU: i3-3220 or i5-3470 or i7-4770s - RAM: DDR3 1333 or 1600MHz - iGPU - sATA3 6Gbps controller: any >=8 ports PCIe card I could find. Like, Delock 89384 (jmicron
  8. Thanks a lot The nsc 810A looks terrific but is probably very difficult to build into I guess. The silverstone is unappealing to me. I have the Antec already somewhere. but it can only hold 6 drives (without using 5.25'' ->3.5'' adapters. I might consider repurpose this case though. In the meantime I found those from Fractal Design that seem affordable: (this one is convenient) (this one is compact and probably very inconvenient to cable manage, especially the drive bay above th
  9. What's the C2000 chip failure? I'll look it up... Thanks for your replies
  10. Hi guys :) I have an old ds1812+ (with 8 disks running in RAID5: 6 disks + 2 hot spares) that is used only as a backup destination (using hyperbackup) from other (more modern) Synology NASes. It was originally fulfilling a more important role but as time passed it became obsolete compared to other machines and thus ended up as a backup destination. The fact that it can hold 8 disks was obviously a big advantage here. Now this ds1812+ just died on me (all LEDs are off except for one or two disk LEDs. Fans spin as soon as the power cord is connected. Front panel is unresponsive), I t
  11. Dear all, I already own 2 DS1812+ and I was thinking in trying to install DSM on other hardware. I read some treads on this forum but it seems very confusing. There seem to be so many different versions (for a given version of DSM) and the differences between them are not clear (nor are the change logs that are only partial most of the time). There seem to be the "++" builds which supports more hardware and a "x64" build (does this mean the other builds are 32bits only?). In addition, I am not sure if there are versions for real hardware and others for VMs or if the same files can be u
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    Hello everyone, Is there a tutorial for beginners anywhere? Best, -a-