I havent been around for some time now. But that doesn't mean i haven't done anything about my NAS.
Ive really thought about all the problems the NAS was giving so i was trying to uncover the real problem and what i saw is that the linux version that Thecus is using is just c.r.a.p. I mean all those problems and if you successfully solve those problems there are just new problems around the corner.
So i was surfing on the official Thecus Forum and a member started his own project. His project was about modifying his 5200 Pro so that he was able to install his own version of linux. This way you just could do what ever you want without alot of problems. So i asked some questions and i also succeeded using Ubuntu 10.04 server. Azureus or Vuze if you prefer is just TOOO LARGE and taking alot of space just unnecessary. No offense towards drewy (drewy you have done a excellent job) but its just waaay to big. I am running Deluge on the NAS and its just taking about 50 MB of RAM.
Sure, this seems the way forward for those of us that like to extract the most value from this product. Before I head off down the same route I've been trying to get an offical resonse out of Thecus as to whether they will ever release a new firmware for the 5200\pro. It seems that they will not even respond to this question and so the chances of an update seems pretty remote to say the least. Some time ago I myself got into a bit of a pickle when trying to upgrade the cpu on my nas. It wasn't a huge problem, my memory couldn't cope with the 533mhz bus speed I was trying to overclock to and this resulted in triggering a raid rebuild. This made me think that the data I have on the nas is way to important to risk while I play at upgrading it of replacing the OS. Others may well think differently and of course it's a personal decision. We all put a different value on the data we have on the nas and I guess everyone has there own method of backing up (or NOT) the nas
I will play with upgrading the OS at some point, but probably not until I have a replacement nas that I have copied all of my data to first. Until I do this (and can afford to) I simply cannot back up everything that is on the 5200pro, I just don't have the space.
Incidently that replacement nas will most probably be a home built 4 or 5 drive box running a dual core atom or core 2 duo cpu, some form of linux and software raid. It'll also have 4 or so HDTV tunners and will replace various tv pvrs at the same time. If it's going to suck power, it needs to earn it's keep
Well like you i also value my data. But as long as you DONT touch those disks and only mess with the IDE Flash module nothing will happen to your data. You can mount the disks after installing the OS.
The only things i changed about my NAS are the RAM upgrade, IDE Flash module upgrade AND purchasing the VGA DB15 connector. The only thing i know how to do is make the display work and everything else would be fine although the display isn't something crucial for me. The regular things work fine.
NAS: Thecus N5200B Pro CPU: 2.26GHz (SL7VB) RAM: 1 GB OS: Linux Ubuntu Server 12.04.1 LTS (Linux Kernel: 3.2.0-34) Apps: Deluge torrent server, SABnzbd-server, Webmin, LAMP-Server, proFTPD, PS3 Media server, openssh, phpMyAdmin Aray: 1 HD = JBOD & 4 HD = RAID 6 HDs: 1 x 1000GB Western Digital WD10000FYPS RE2-GP / 4 x 2000 GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARS-00M Filesystems: Ext4