WHS on a FlashIDE RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi I was wondering if maybe would be a good idea to request a change to minimum requirements for HD.

    I have been using a SATA 300 NAS manufactured by Thecus N5200 for few months now. As far as the hardware is concerned it is very capable of handling very far data transfer since it has a GBit NIC and 5 SATA 300 slots.

    The system is running a custom Linux BusyBox of a 64Mb FlashIDE Disk with too many limitations as far as what you could get out of the CPU

    I have purchased a 4Gb FlashIDE and I am in the process of designing a build based on Win2K3 R2 to fit on it, obviously the SATA drives will be used for data and page file.

    I am sure that many other OEM may be very interested on building such devices since they are low cost, lighter and the WHS will boot of a flash disk.

    What do you think?




    5 x 3.5" SATA II HDD, Hot-swappable

    eSATA port

    1 x eSATA connector for capacity expansion

    USB ports

    2 x USB A type (Host mode)

    1 x USB B type (Client mode)

    Ethernet ports

    N5200 : 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Connector

    N5200 RouStorTM : 1 x Gigabit RJ-45 Connector
                                 4 port Gigabit switch

    LCD Control Panel

    For basic configurations and status display

    Network File Protocols

    Microsoft Networks (CIFS/SMB)

    Apple Filing Protocol (AFP 3)

    Network File System (NFS v3)

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

    Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

    Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTPs)


    Microsoft NT Domain Controller (PDC)*

    Microsoft Active Directory Authentication (AD)*

    Network Client Type

    Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003


    MAC OS X, OS 9, OS 8.6

    Network Configuration

    Fixed IP Address

    Dynamic IP Address

    Disk Management

    Power Management (Disk idle spin-down)

    Disk Status Monitoring (S.M.A.R.T.)


    RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD

    Auto Rebuild

    Hot Swappable

    Hot Spare

    Disk Roaming

    RAID Level Migration

    RAID Expansion

    Disk Capacity Supported :

    80/120/160/200/250/300/400/500/750/1000 GB

    Folder Management

    Share Folder Level Permission

    File Level Permission

    Public Folder

    Quota Management

    Share Folder Quota Control


    Thecus Backup Utility (Microsoft Windows XP/2000 /MAC OS X)

    Thecus Nsync

    System Management

    Web GUI

    Multilingual Support (English, French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish)

    Event Notification

    Email Notification

    Buzzer Notification


    Supported USB Devices

    USB Printer

    External HDD/Flash disk

    USB IEEE 802.11 b/g dongle w/ AP mode support **

    Setup Utility

    Windows 2000 / XP / 2003

    MAC OS X

    Safety and Environment

    CE, FCC, BSMI, C-Tick, RoHS Compliant


    230 x 190 x 230 mm (H x W x D)


    Lockable Disk Tray

    Operating Environment

    0 - 40

    20 – 85Relative Humidity (non-condensing)

    Power Supply

    Server-rated AC Power Supply

    100/220VAC, 50/60 Hz, Auto detect


    Saturday, July 7, 2007 7:59 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    I did not used that model, sound ok (apart from many bad feedback and unhappy users), but it better than other similar brands, put example here, as intel one.

    But I had it with these nas box, I have like 5 or 6, can not remember exactly, but what I remember as, bad psu (always), speed not that well even with gigabit port.

    If the option to go with that nas, always make sure you have spare psu handy.

    The above model is good, since it use RAID 6.

    My best.
    Saturday, July 7, 2007 3:59 PM