OK, I'm now officially looking for a low power (ARM?) home server that comes mostly pre-built (I can download an OS img and put on a disk/etc, but I don't want a bunch of wires and crap I have to enclose with a homemade box).
For reference, the current machine I'm using has a max power usage of 20 watts and down to ~10 watts when the HDs are hibernated. But, its limited. It's a Synology NAS that's a bastardized homebrew gnu/linux distro. I want something I can put Debian on.
I used to use a eeePC with a (unfortunately too loud) external 2-bay haddrive enclosure, but the loudness got me there, and the speed of the usb2.0 connected harddrives.
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Maybe I'm too picky, but I basically want a 2-bay NAS that runs Debian. 2-bay for RAID 1 support (I've had too many harddrives fail on me to not want that). It'd be a server that has unique data for some non-zero amount of time (backups of other computers/services that aren't immediately copied to an offline disk).
My only real complaint with it is that the 4-way mini-SAS connector between the motherboard and the drive enclosure can be a real pain to get out (this seems to vary a lot; I have two friends with them, one of them had no trouble with his, two of us have a horrible time), but you'll only need to disconnect that if you're upgrading the RAM (which you'll probably only ever do once).
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