Greg Grossmeier

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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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Pedro: I'd prefer an all in one thing (ie: it has space for 2 harddrives in side, instead of me connecting an external enclosure).

The Tonido is limited to a single 2.5" internal harddrive and USB2.0. That kinda sucks :/

Greg Grossmeier at 2014-07-01T17:18:17Z

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).

Greg Grossmeier at 2014-07-01T17:24:11Z

I have a little HP MicroServer N54L, AMD Turion II Neo 2.2Ghz dual core processor, 4 hard drive bays (plus a 5 1/2th inch bay on the top you can populate). People have measured power consumption at ~50W with all 4 drive bays populated and spinning.
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).

Owen Shepherd at 2014-07-01T18:29:48Z

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