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    DSM 6.2 Loader

    HP ProDesk 400 G1 Realtek integrated NIC 1.03b loader booted to wait screen, but link light amber on switch connected to integrated NIC in the PC. Synology assistant would not find the station. Tried everything on Jun's troubleshooting page and no luck. Switched to 1.0.2b loader. Link lights green and Syn assistant found the station immediately. Guess I'll use DSM 6.1.7 for now...
  2. Thanks flyride, that's good information. Correct me if I'm wrong, but for RAID 5 the following limitations apply: I need at least three drives of the same size (unless I want to under utilize the larger drives) The only expansion I can do is add more drives of the same size or they will be under utilized To use larger drives in the future, I'd have to replace smaller ones one at a time and rebuild During the replacement cycle, the larger drives will be under utilized until all the smaller drives are replaced Where does DSM install itself initially? Would
  3. If anyone's interested... Turns out someone had already been playing around with setting this up as a NAS. I wiped the drives, completed the build, and synology assistant found the station with the boot loader no problem. This time it had "not installed" listed in the status section and there was an "install" option in the right click menu. DSM successfully installed!
  4. Dfds, That is totally awesome!! I'll give that a shot tonight and see how it works. Thanks a million.
  5. A little background... I've been thinking about setting up a NAS for quite a while. Recently my family decided to digitize the entire stockpile of VHS and camcorder Hi8 home videos. After digitizing the first box, we calculate that it's going to take many terabytes to get it all done. Cloud storage is looking to be hundreds of dollars a year. So I decided to pull the trigger and build a NAS to store them all along with all my other media. I have Roku's all through the house and purchased PLEX. Roku's have a great PLEX application. My co-worker suggested building my ow
  6. I realized that I had the 5.2 version of the assistant installed and I'm trying to install the DSM_DS3615xs_8451.pat file per the instructions. I uninstalled that and got a more recent copy of synology assistant: But unfortunately no change. The status column still reads ready even though I haven't installed anything yet. I've only booted to the boot loader screen on the flash drive and the box is on the waiting screen of the boot loader. Here's what my assistant screen looks like: As you can see the status column reads "Ready" even though nothi
  7. I'm working from these instructions: https://github.com/XPEnology/JunLoader/wiki/Installing-DSM-6.0-Bare-Metal I've created a flash drive boot loader and the box I'm working with boots to the waiting screen successfully. I then tried the web assistant and it can't find the synology station. I downloaded the synology assistant PC app and it does find the new station on my network. The instructions referenced above simply say at that point, "start the installation wizard". However I don't see that anywhere in the assistant and the status column shows "ready" instead of an
  8. Hey Flyride, Thanks for setting me straight on this subject. I thought DSM needed a RAID controller. Having never seen or worked with DSM, I had no idea that it implemented RAID in software. Your advice is great and I will do exactly what you said. Search for the SATA controller chips that are compatible, have the port density I need, and are implemented with mini PCIe for this motherboard. Cheers!
  9. I have an HP prodesk 400 G1 laying around and have decided to build a NAS. My co-worker recommended this operating system and I've created a flash drive boot loader. It looks like it will work, so the next step is to populate it with disks and a RAID controller. The HP prodesk has three mini PCIe interfaces on the motherboard. I think I can fit 4 or 5 HDD's in the case. Can someone recommend the best mini PCIe RAID card for something like this? Thanks in advance.