I ended up getting the paid version and it works great. I bought the 6 port PCIe Intel card but haven't fitted it to the box yet.
It's behind my fibre connection and it doesn't miss a beat. I ended up using v3.0-r27805 std (09/11/15). I haven't upgraded to the latest build because I expanded partition 2, and am too lazy to set it all up again
Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 19:23 Post subject: Mounting drives
It seems the easy way to mount drives for NAS purpose is to use external hard drives with USB 2.0 ports. I have not tried any USB 3.0 cards like an Asmedia 3.0 USB cards yet.
You just plug in the drive in the USB port and make sure the USB core support and automatic drive mount is on. And Storage Support is on. Then enable SAMBA.
It will list the available drives and the directory like /mnt/sdb1 and so forth if you have more than 1 USB drive.
Select that and do not put anything in the subdir field. Then put something in the NAME field. Then make it public and with read and write and save. It will show up networking in windows to read and write to.
Its best the drives are using ext3 filesystem and not NTFS. Otherwise there will be 100% CPU usage if you read and write to NTFS drives. Using ext3 will also mean a computer running windows will be able to read them if you plug in those drives directly to a computer running windows. Unless there is a program that will install something for windows to read and write to ext3 formatted drives.
I was told by BrainSlayer the reason for high CPU usage is because everything is transferred using the PIO transfers which means Processor Input and Output mode. Instead of DMA mode which is much faster and bypasses the need to use the CPU like Windows can do.
I have not been able to mount the drives internally by using SATA ports or IDE port because I can't find anyone who knows how to do it yet. They all point me to a Wiki page that does not make sense to me.