Category: ubuntu


Setting up SnapRAID on Ubuntu to Create a Flexible Home Media Fileserver

I’m often experimenting with different fileserver setups for home use. I’ve been very happy with ZFS for my mission critical files, but have found it’s inflexibity a little annoying with my home media server. As result, I’ve migrated to SnapRAID + mergerfs and it’s been working great. Here’s how I set it up.

hard-drive-stop 2

Spin Down Idle Hard Disks Without /etc/hdparm.conf

I’ve had a few people ask me over the years about spinning down disk that don’t have Advanced Power Management or otherwise can’t be spun down by hdparm. The following is a way to...


Ubuntu AUFS NFS Export

I’ve had many people ask in the comments on my original thread how to get NFS exports working with their stock kernel. The default Ubuntu kernel does not have the option for NFS exports...


Encrypted SnapRAID

If you have read my previous SnapRAID tutorial, you will see that I’m a big fan of it for home storage. I wanted to setup a SnapRAID volume made up of encrypted hard drives....


New Disk Stress Test

I bought a few new disks and wanted a better way to weed out marginal disks before I deployed them. I don’t use UnRAID at home, but I liked the idea of their preclear...


Remove Duplicates in Linux

I had run fdupes on our Marketing server at work and realized we had about 200GB of duplicates on a 700GB volume. Here is how I fixed it.


Encrypted External Drive

I wanted to extend my backup strategy to include rotating a couple encrypted disks offsite for another layer to backup my family videos and pictures. Here are the steps I used to do that on Ubuntu 12.04 Server.