server and such

The server is – “THOR”

The server performs a bunch of functions… local file storage, printing, virtualization host, and all related services on the LAN. It has 500 gigs of redundant RAID10 storage, and 3.4 TB on non redundant storage a boatload of hard drives. All of my music, personal data, software, etc is kept on the redundant disks along with the boot drive, and the non redundant storage is used for copying my DVD collection to the drive for playback on other network devices.

All of the equipment on this page lives in a relay rack in my basement. Total power draw is about 250 watts continuous, and yes, I don’t need to heat the basement in the winter with this stuff running.

Asus m3N78 Pro motherboard (cheap, had 6 sata built in, build in video, lots of expansion slots, and 4 memory slots)

AMD Phenom X4 9550 Black Edition

Patriot DDR2-1066 RAM running at DDR2-800 speed (won’t run faster no matter what I do), 8gb (4x 2gb)

Promise RocketRaid 2300 in PCI-Express x1 slot

3Ware 9650SE  hardware RAID SATA2 PCI-Express x4 slot

2 (yes two) StarTech hot swap SATA drive enclosure (5 drives in 3 5.25″ bays), total of 10 hot swap bays

6x 500 gig Seagate SATA drives on Nvidia RAID controller in RAID10 mode, 1500 gigs useable space, striped and redundant

2x Seagate 7200.10 1TB SATA drive on the Promise RocketRaid 2300  controller in single drive mode

1x Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB sata 2 on the 3ware RAID

3x Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB SATA drives on the 3ware RAID card

1 Seagate “green” 750gb SATA

Nvidia Geforce 8300 (built into motherboard)

Plextor DVD writer, SATA

Generic 4U rack mount server case (has 10 5.25″ bays internally), 6 used as of now with the two 5 bay hot swap adapters

ENERMAX Noisetaker Series 600W Power Supply

server is connected gigE

Network Hardware

Trentnet 8 port gig switch

Dlink gigabit gaming router

Linksys WRT54G wireless router running DD-WRT aftermarket firmware for wireless only

Netgear WNR834B v2 N wireless router running DD-WRT for wireless only

Linksys VOIP box (not using it as a router)

Comcast internet

3 * APC450 UPS’s with various bits of equipment plugged in

Here are some crappy cell phone camera pictures of the setup.


HP Photosmart 5100, network based

HP Laserjet 5000N with PS and 11×17 tray addon, network based

Samsung CLP-300 color laser printer, hanging USB off the server (not my preferred config, but it works)


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