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Join Date: Apr 2009
07-12-2009, 03:07 PM
I use a older laptop as a server. Its specs are modest, but it saves me alot of money on electricity, since it idles around 15W with the screen off. A Mini 9 with the screen off idles at half that. So, I think a Mini 9 isn't a bad choice for a modest file server.
But I probably wouldn't buy another one just to run as a server.
You can also look at small mini-ITX Atom boards, or thin clients like the Atom-powered Dell Optiplex FX160 (I've seen it as cheap as $100 in the Outlet.
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Join Date: Oct 2008
08-04-2009, 05:47 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
08-04-2009, 06:14 PM
to buy one just for this purpose is not very cost effective. Cheaper, smaller, and even lower power solutions exist. You're paying for a lot of stuff a file server doesn't need and not getting a lot of stuff it does. For one, you dont have gigabit ethernet and high power wireless N connections. If you dont need such speeds, then you probably dont really need a standalone server to do the job. You dont need a monitor, you dont need a keyboard, sound, etc. The only good thing about the netbook would be that it has basically a built in UPS, switching over to battery power if the ac is unplugged/interrupted.
Also, amd is a much better solution if you're looking at a low power but performance oriented server. Conclusion: Athlon 64 Is More Economical, Faster, And Quieter - Review Tom's Hardware : Athlon Vs. Atom: Duel Of The Energy Savers
Even though that's old, it still is more than relevant to the current situation, and especially compared to the mini-9, which still uses the same chipsets as in that comparison.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
08-04-2009, 09:14 PM
If you are really using as a server in its true form, then FreeNAS is amazing. If you actually mean a media center, connecting directly to a TV, then you would not want to use FreeNAS.
If connecting via HDMI directly to a HDTV, then you are really not building a "server" anyhow... that would be a client You could make a server and then use your Mini 10 connected to the TV via HDMI to stream the content from the server... that would be cool!
I personally have built a FreeNAS with 4TB of storage (RAIDZ) and I use it for many things. The services built in are very convenient and useful. I can stream to any PC/Mac/*nix box on my network as well as my XBox 360.
My FreeNAS uses an AMD64 single core, 2 Gb RAM, GigE nic, etc etc... I run it headless, no keyboard, sound... obviously all of the norm for a server
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Norwich, UK
08-05-2009, 11:16 AM
The reason I'd want to actually store the data on the "client" itself is that my wireless is bogged down with enough traffic as it is, I can't stream from my desktop to my xbox if there is even another connection on it. Plus this way, I'd only have to keep a Revo on which uses about 8W as opposed to my 100W desktop...
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