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2011-11-01 21:01:14.454668+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Crap. My Seagate BlackArmor NAS110 has gone belly-up. Back to last year's thread on NAS devices to see if I can find something that might actually have some lifespan.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-01 22:22:43.111567+00 by: ebradway

Ahh... the care and feeding of a network asset. I'm not sure it's possible to predict the lifespan of anything anymore. I've become a curmudgeon when it comes to IT.

  1. I use unison to make sure I have multiple copies of everything important in many different places. Unison hooks nicely into ssh, so I can synchronize files remotely.
  2. I try to make sure I always have extra capacity. If my desktop dies, I have my laptop. If it dies, I have my netbook. If all three die, I have my server (a repurposed laptop). If all four die, then I go shopping. I currently have 3-4 times my maximum necessary data storage capacity on my LAN but it's shared among 6-8 separate drives.
  3. I gave up trying to save electricity for a few bucks building systems. I buy only what gets stellar reviews on Newegg from real techies. If I have to spend $150 instead of $100, I just do it. I do have 2X the interior square footage as you...
  4. I'm generally lucky (knock on wood) when it comes to hardware.

BTW, do you still have your Clarion UPS? Was the Seagate plugged into it?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-01 22:32:22.179936+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

No, I gave up the Clary a few years ago, the fan noise was too much. I do have an APC now, and not only was the Seagate plugged into it, it's also got it's own little switching power supply that should do a lot of filtering.

Meanwhile, my Via EPIA server just keeps on chuggin' away. The only reason I'm not using it as my file server is that Ubuntu upgrades kept breaking NFS. And, of course, with the dropping of i386 kernels the newer versions won't run on it anyway.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-02 00:38:54.15525+00 by: TheSHAD0W

You picked a bad time to get new HDs.


#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-02 03:18:36.682983+00 by: jeff

Independent of this thread I cobbled this parody together today:

Online Backups

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-02 03:28:55.376225+00 by: ebradway

WTF? Why are hard drive prices so high right now? I bought two 1.5TB SATA-III drives a few months ago for $65/each! Now the equivalent drives are $165!

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-02 03:43:44.923286+00 by: ebradway

Ah... the floods in Thailand. That's what I get for not playing ultimate recently (most of the guys I play with are engineers for Seagate).

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-02 23:58:01.280888+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ouch. Maybe I'll wait it out for a month or so.