can i use this xserve as a digital media server?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Brutus Rex, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Brutus Rex macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    Not at all.
    This xRaid uses UltraATA drives, not SATA, so you are limited to about 500GB per drive, which were the biggest for U-ATA i guess. Maybe they got 750GB, but I'm not quite sure.
    Anyway, you would need a dedicated xServe, a G5 or a MacPro with a Fibre Channel card to get fast access to this machine, otherwise you would have to use the Ethernet Port, which is limited to 100MBit.

    Synology, or QNAP or G-Technology have much better options for a home storage solution.
  3. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    You'd get better access using a lot of smaller drives than a lot of larger drives. It doesn't make sense but it works out that way, usually. Or at least from what I was taught years ago. But I think this is only a large drive array that you would need to connect to a server/computer to 'feed' it. Also, at 400G per drive, that array is at its max. (14*400 = 5,600 which is 5.6TB, the max size) There is a reason why it's priced at $795.00.
  4. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Should also note that the XRaid being sold in that link doesn't include any drives. It's just the main unit. You would have to get 14 hdd trays to fill it up. Empty IDE/ATA trays sale used for over $100 each, and that's without a hard drive installed. Apple only sells trays with drives, and at a premium. Also, as the other post states, the XRaid uses fiber channel as an interface to a Mac.

    For a home solution, a NAS would be a better route to go.

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