Most energy efficient (home) setup

PC paul4004 at
Fri Apr 13 14:59:52 CDT 2012

It exists.  Google for "unRAID"  It uses something like Raid4 for Parity
data, but stores entire files on single spindles.  It's designed for home
media server type environments.  This way, when you watch a video, only the
drive you are using needs to power up.  It also lets you add/remove
mismatched disks with no rebuild needed.

* Better power management: not all hard drives are required to be spinning
in order to access data normally; hard drives not in use may be spun down.

However modern "green" drives don't take that much power.

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM, Jeroen van Aart <jeroen at> wrote:

> Leo Bicknell wrote:
>> But what's really missing is storage management.  RAID5 (and similar)
>> require all drives to be online all the time.  I'd love an intelligent
>> file system that could spin down drives when not in use, and even for
>> many workloads spin up only a portion of the drives.  It's easy to
>> imagine a system with a small SSD and a pair of disks.  Reads spin one
>> disk.  Writes go to that disk and the SSD until there are enough, which
>> spins up the second drive and writes them out as a proper mirror.  In a
>> home file server drive motors, time you have 4-6 drives, eat most of the
>> power.  CPU's speed step down nicely, drives don't.
> Late reply by me, but excellent points.
> A combination of mdadm and hdparm on linux should suffice to have a raid
> that will spin down the disks when not in use. I have used for years a G4
> system with a mdadm raid1 (and a separate boot disk) and hdparm configured
> to spin the raid disks down after 10 minutes and it worked great.
> I think in a raid10 this would only spin up the disk pair that has the
> data you need, but leave the rest asleep. But I didn't try that yet.
> What I'd like is to have small disk enclosuer that includes a whole (low
> power) computer capable of having linux installed on some flash memory. Say
> you have an enclosure with space for 4 2.5 inch disks, install linux, set
> it up as a raid10, connect through USB to your computer for back up
> purposes.
> Greetings,
> Jeroen
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