Today hard disk maker didn’t build their hard disk like they used to before. Those old hard disk is so reliable that they run for years. But recently the hard disk failure rate is increasing very fast. I have a lot of hard disk at home. In fact I have 10 desktop hard disk and 6 is running right now. 2 of it runs 24/7 in a torrent/media  server and another 2 is used for back up purpose.

I have hard disk from Maxtor, Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung. So far the hard disk that always failed me is Western Digital hard disk.

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Now that you have a working chroot debian, it is now time to install a bt client. There is a lot of bt client out there but transmission is one of the best one due to its low memory footprint and low resource usage. In this post, I will explain on how to install transmission bt.

Login to your NAS using Putty. In the linux shell, run these command. These files/program will help you compile and build the transmission program from its source code.

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So, now you got the new shiny DNS-323 with 1TB hard disk. Currently it cost about RM 360 per unit. And add another RM250 for the hard disk. All in all it is about RM600 needed for you to run your own NAS. And then you proceed to install the NAS.

Notes: The DNS-323 has a serious bug when adding new hard disk to current setup. It will misidentified the installed hard disk and format the existing hard disk instead of the new inserted one. I advise you to remove the old hard disk first if you plan to add new hard disk to your DNS-323. Once you format the new hard disk, reinsert the old hard disk.

Disclaimer: Proceed with your own risk. I will not be responsible for any bricking or damage or frustration arise when installing and configuring the DNS-323.

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I haven’t update this website for a very very long time due to my life as engineer and I don’t have time to do so. And recently I bought a NAS for my home network. It replace my old pentium 3 PC as the torrent PC and also able to stream UPNP compatible media.

So what is NAS? NAS is a small storage server system that is connected to your PC through network. Basically, it is a headless (no monitor) system that is configurable using browser. File transfer is done using share folder or network mapped drive letter.

A NAS can do a lot of things but mostly it is used as file server, media server, torrent client and streaming server.

Hardware

This brand new RM439 DNS-323 can be used as above but for my purpose, I want to turn it as a torrent PC, media server and of course storage system. It has 2 drive bay and users are able to slot in 2 SATA hard disk into it. DNS-323 support up to 2TB hard disk capacity through it’s latest firmware 1.08.

DNS-323 has a 500Mhz Marvell ARM Processor and 64MB RAM. Basically it has an average processing power of Pentium 3 PC but severely lack in mathematical process but not that we want to use it in that capacity. 64MB RAM is not too much to play around but should be sufficient for its role.

For more information on its performance, read it here: https://wiki.dns323.info/information:benchmarks

DNS-323 also able to support USB printer and USB external storage using its Shareport ability (though I didn’t use it).

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1 month to go and it already 2 years that this site have been running. Not much post here with the latest count of 49 post including this one. 10k spam caught and 70k page visit recorded and 25k unique visit recorded with average of 300+. So far so good but my contract with current hosting has ended where he no longer desire to host this blog. Anyway, I’ve already have a new host and currently learning on how to control the site and how…Continue Reading “2 Years Anniversary And A New Beginning”

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Dragonica return in OBT today after a long wait since the CBT by the fans. Unfortunately it is not without a hitch. After a system maintenance that took somewhere 8 hours since 10 am this morning, the official site went down after a surge from visitors. A visit to the official site greet you with this screen ” SQL error system out of memories”. Wah, I wonder how it will be in the game? Will there be a lot of KSer?

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For sure there are a lot of cries for those who didn’t download their client yet. As for me, during the time this blog is written, I’m still waiting for my CBT client to be updated to OBT. Fortunately the patch server is not down yet since lots of people can’t even get a hand on the client yet.  Wonder if the main play server is still up? One thing for sure, the official website will be expected to be down till tomorrow. (It 9pm here in Malaysia and there won’t be any people working at nite in Singapore)

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