The BYOB podcast Episode 95


Episode 95 of the BYOB podcast is up, and:

“This week on the BYOB Podcast we are joined by John Stutsman, He’ll update us on his recent hardware experiences. The Failure of Storage Spaces, Tunneling with unTangle, Corsair 550D debacle. Michel’s new server is a nightmare. Cord Cutting update.”

You can listen to episode 95 here.

Western Digital 2TB Green HDD for $100

Amazon are selling the Western Digital 2TB Green hard drive for $99.99. Saving $80 of the list price of $179.99.

Western Digital 2TB Green WD20EARX HDD

The WD 2TB 3.5" Green HDD (WD20EARX) is a SATA III, IntelliPower, 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive with the following features:

  • IntelliSeek – Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.
  • And caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
  • And offer best-in-class acoustics and operating temperature and 3rd generation SATA interface.
  • WD Caviar Green hard drives reduce power consumption by up to 40%.
  • IntelliPower – A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate

You may purchase it for $99.99 from Amazon.

Manage Movies Using iHomeServer

iHomeServer 2 - Watch Folder View

Website "The Doc’s World" has some tips on how to manage movies properly using the add-in iHomeServer:

“I have more than a 130 iPad movies in my collection and with an average size of about 1 Gig for each, there is no way to sync all of my movies on my device nor would I want to.  Secondly, switching back and forth from the iHomeserver to iTunes is a hassle.”

We are then shown through the process of accomplishing these two tasks, which you can find here.

WHS 2011 TechNet Wiki Resource

TechNet Wiki Resource

For all Home Server 2011 users don’t forget the TechNet Wiki resource which has articles on the following areas:

  • Server Deployment and Configurations
  • Client Deployment
  • Remote Web Access
  • Media and Workgroup
  • Data Protection (Server and Client Backup)
  • Extensibility

With links to 21 different articles the TechNet Wiki resource will help you with any problems you may face with WHS 2011.

Seagate Backup Plus External USB 3.0 3TB Hard Drive for $140

newegg have the Seagate Backup Plus external USB 3.0 3TB hard drive for just $139.99.

Seagate Backup Plus STCA3000101

This Seagate Backup Plus was originally on sale for $17.99 but is currently on special for $149.99 but by using coupon code EMCNBJN28 you can save an additional $10 bringing the total price down to $139.99 but hurry as the promo code expires 8/12:

Seagate Backup Plus, easy backup for your digital life on your computer and the cloud
The Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally, in the cloud or from social networks. Via the Seagate Dashboard, use the Protect function to set up a one-click plan or customize your scheduled local backup. Keep multiple copies of your files in case disaster strikes.
With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Many people now use their smartphones to capture priceless moments. While these devices are handy and readily available, storage is not their strong suit. Capture a memory, post it on a social networking site and let the Seagate Dashboard automatically back up any content posted. Even if the file gets accidentally deleted from the device, another copy can be waiting.
The Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. The days of uploading individual files without creating a new album are gone! Simply select files to upload, choose where to post them and even add comments. Managing your social profile has never been easier.
Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac, and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting the drive. For even more flexibility, with the Seagate Backup Plus design, you can upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter.

Seagate Backup Plus 3TB 3.5" Black Desktop Hard Drive

How Robust is Storage Spaces?

PCDoc Storage Spaces Warning

PCDoc woke up to the sound of an alarm, the alarm from his Highpoint RAID card, which was highlighting an error within Storage Spaces. With an option to repair chkdsk was run:

…it ran a check disk on all three drives and found no errors.  Shortly after that it began a repair process which took many hours to complete.  When it was complete it still did not tell me anything other than it was completed (not much help). 

Had this been a production system, I would not be able to identity which drive in the system is causing the problem.  Even if it flagged a drive as bad, there does seem to be anyway to track that back to a specific controller port or drive location.  Second, the unexplainable reason for the rebuild in the first place.  What caused it and why?  They should tell me something.  Lastly, since this has only been running for a bout 10 days, the robustness of storage spaces is now a big concern to me.  I have never seen this happen in two years of running RAID 24/7.  This might be a fluke, however it throws doubt for me as to how stable and robust this really is. 

You can read PCDoc’s article here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 192


Episode 192 of The Home Server Show is up and this week Dave and the guys discuss how to best safeguard your data while moving PC’s, servers, and data, from one place to the next. Also is this weeks episode Synology, Drobo, ioSafe, and Windows Essentials.

You can find the audio for episode 192 here, or view the video below:

HP MicroServer N40L LCD Screen Mod

Online retailer ServersPlus are offering the HP MicroServer N40L with an LCD screen mod.

LCD Screen Mod for ProLiant MicroServer

The USB LCD panel displays 4 lines of 20 characters, which can display a wide range of information, such as:

  • CPU speed and usage
  • Memory usage (used/free)
  • Storage space used/free on any drive or array
  • NIC throughput / IP address
  • Date, time, system uptime
  • Email notifications
  • Any RSS feeds (defaults include BBC news, weather)
  • WinAmp or Windows Media Player currently playing info
  • A wide array of plug-ins adding effects such as graphic equalizer etc.

This modded N40L ships pre-configured with 8TB HDD’s in a RAID 5 configuration comprising 2 x 4TB drives, internal 250GB OS HDD (mounted in optical bay, 8GB of DDR3 memory, Windows Home Server 2011 plus £100 cashback is available on this server.

If you have £600 available (ex VAT) then more details are available from here.

Video: Should I keep running WHS even though Microsoft discontinued it?

Should I keep running Windows Home Server even though Microsoft discontinued it? That’s the question Leo Laporte answered on "The Tech Guy!" show, which you can view in this video:

Only 10% of Adults Backup their Files Daily

In a new study only 10% of adults backup their files daily and men are more likely to backup than women are.

Seagate and Harris Interactive conducted a survey of 2,205 U.S. adults of which 90%  felt their digital content is valuable, but 30% of women surveyed do not back up their files at all. That compares with 19% of men who never back up and only 10% of adults surveyed back up their files daily.

Here is a great infographic of the data collected: