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Which NAS do you use with your Hackintosh ?

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In the meantime I managed to finally upgrade the PSU in the Jonsbo N1 NAS box. I got hold of a Silverstone SX700 which is a decent SFX PSU that provides up to 700W power (which is enough to provide power to all 7 drives in the system which I plan to eventually have).

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I've run into issues with macOS getting wonky with external NVMe after an incremental clone.

Then it got weird with an internal clone, where the access grinds to a halt.

By sheer luck of goofing around, I connected the problem to APFS snapshots on the clone target.

I suspect there's a macOS bug with APFS snapshots.

What I'd been seeing if Clone targets with snapshots (CCC enables default in later releases) will unpredictably hang when incrementally updated.

And for external drive (e.g. USB) once the pathology sets the drive may hang on any write. Worse, it may corrupt the clone if you try deleting its snapshots.

Try disabling APFS snapshots on the clone target before making any clone.

Source snapshots are ok.

For internal targets, the pathology is less severe, but incremental clone operations may slow to a crawl. Disabling and deleting snapshots on internal target can overcome the hangup.

This story is based on my direct experience from a few days ago.

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Regarding 700W for 7 drives that need 7-10W each, you've mosdef got enough power!

I've got 14 spinners in a box with with a 5Ghz all-core 11900K running all out inc a 6600XT plus trimmings all on a Corsair RM650x with no power issues. So i figure your 7 drives are well covered.
 
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So an update on my Jonsbo N1 box. I've fully populated the drives with the GA-Z170N-WiFi and set up my first RAID-Z setup. With 5 x 2TB drives on a one drive failure configuration and the TrueNas boot drive installed on an Intel 256GB SSD it gives me just over 7.13TB of storage space. I've created a storage pool and set it to run both SMB and AFP protocols. So far it's giving some decent performance from the network:

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I built a Synology clone (kinda like hackintosh for Synology).

I started off with an 8 bay case and switched to 12 bays while reusing the same internal hardware this year to run a second array because I wanted to reuse the 3.5" drives I pulled from my hackintosh with my Mac Studio. The motherboard I am using has 12 built-in SATA ports so it worked out perfectly.

I love the Synology DSM and SHR/SHR2. DSM is super user friendly and easy to use. SHR/SHR2 allows me to mix n match drives of different capacities and easily upgrade the capacity of the arrays just by swapping out smaller capacity drives with larger ones. These two features are what I loved about the Drobos.

Since I use 10GBase-T, performance of my NAS is fantastic and several magnitudes faster than my old Drobos. The time it takes to upgrade the capacity of an array is also much faster.
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In terms of reliability, Synology DSM itself has been rock solid. I did have a problem with my hardware because of an Intel flaw on the SoC that's used on my motherboard. Luckily, I was able to return the motherboard to AsRock and they replaced it with a board that has an SoC with a fix. Other than that, I haven't had any downtime in the six years this NAS has been in service.

You could create a tutorial for us. I took 3 months to make one fully functional. Thanks
 

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You could create a tutorial for us. I took 3 months to make one fully functional. Thanks

Google "xpenology forum". They have great guides and all the info you need.
 
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