Building a new system

I do not use a Raspi for Storj myself tho :wink:

I’ve got 3 drives connected on my RPi3 using one of these:
The RPi3 only gets USB 2.0 speeds tho so I’m missing out on some of the potential of this dock. An RPi4 with its USB 3.0 ports would do better with it.

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Even better as 16-18TB drives are getting rare to find

I stepped away from ordering such a unit because I feared accidentally triggering the clone function

Welcome to the forum @Gingyr! :slight_smile:

One thing to keep in mind: it’s rarely explicitely said on cases’ specification sheets unfortunately, but you shoud try to find a case with a physical power switch (or no switch at all) to be sure that in case of a power outage your drive restarts automatically. Otherwise it will stay off when power comes back, and your RPi won’t be able to mount it anymore unless you manually restart the disk (and potentially the RPi too).

As an example, here is one with a physical switch (I’m using it with my RPi4B):

As a side note, unless Storj newtork activity goes up, filling up 16TB will take years.
If you happen to have a smaller disk laying around, might be better to start with it instead of buying a new one ^^
Just so you know :wink:


Hi @Pac

Thanks for the info: ordered myself yesterday one (Sharkoon Swift Case PRO USB 3.0 externe behuizing Zwart, USB-B 3.2 (5 Gbit/s))

Fortunately I noticed in time that it can take a long time before reaching 16TB, so I orded a 4TB WB Gold edition. I won’t get my money back quickly but still, worst case I have a 4TB back-up drive for myself. And ofcourse the experience to try this out (kinda excited about it? xD)

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Anyone using SSD? I was wondering how that would do compared to an SMR?

Like comparing F-15 and bulldozer
For the storagenode as is and customers it’s doesn’t matter.
But for performance - please avoid using SMR for storagenode, you will have problems sooner or later.
The only workaround for SMR is to run multiple nodes on separate disks, because it will reduce load on SMR and gives it a time to breath.


:rofl: I’ll have to remember that one whenever another member asks this question! :+1: :+1:

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It worked, my first node is online: a Raspberry PI 4 with a 4TB WD GOLD (allocated 3.5TB). Whoop whoop, thanks for the info all!