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Do you recommend ODROID-HC1 ?

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Hi Everyone,

I'm considering getting an ODROID-HC1 to use as a simple NAS. Is this a good idea?

(Yes, some of you will have seen my very similar post about the Espressobin!)

My requirements are quite basic; a single SATA SSD and a single ethernet port, running NFS and Samba. I do need a newish version of Samba (required to support "Time Machine" backup from my Mac) which I believe is in Debian Buster but not in Stretch. I've been a Debian user for decades; I guess I might be happier if the hardware supplier provided a Debian image, but it's great that Armbian is available.

I note that Armbian Buster for this board is described as "Testing"; should I wait for a bit until it is more mature?

Good things about this board include the mechanical design. I have some other ODROID boards (C2s) and I'm reasonably happy with them. I am slightly put off by the use of a USB-to-SATA adaptor chip, but maybe that is an unreasonable prejudice. The requirement for a wobbly SD card (rather than e.g. eMMC or booting directly from the SATA device) is another minor worry. The Exynos SoC seems to be quite old, but on the other hand that should mean it is a proven design and the software support is mature.

What's the verdict? I'm looking for something that "just works"; I don't want to have to fiddle around with things for days! (I've done enough of that in the past.)


Thanks, Phil.

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On 1/15/2020 at 3:04 PM, endecotp said:
 

Hi Everyone,

I'm considering getting an ODROID-HC1 to use as a simple NAS. Is this a good idea?

(Yes, some of you will have seen my very similar post about the Espressobin!)

My requirements are quite basic; a single SATA SSD and a single ethernet port, running NFS and Samba. I do need a newish version of Samba (required to support "Time Machine" backup from my Mac) which I believe is in Debian Buster but not in Stretch. I've been a Debian user for decades; I guess I might be happier if the hardware supplier provided a Debian image, but it's great that Armbian is available.

I note that Armbian Buster for this board is described as "Testing"; should I wait for a bit until it is more mature?

Good things about this board include the mechanical design. I have some other ODROID boards (C2s) and I'm reasonably happy with them. I am slightly put off by the use of a USB-to-SATA adaptor chip, but maybe that is an unreasonable prejudice. The requirement for a wobbly SD card (rather than e.g. eMMC or booting directly from the SATA device) is another minor worry. The Exynos SoC seems to be quite old, but on the other hand that should mean it is a proven design and the software support is mature.

What's the verdict? I'm looking for something that "just works"; I don't want to have to fiddle around with things for days! (I've done enough of that in the past.)


Thanks, Phil.

Buy!

 

I personally have HC1 for almost two years and no problems. Alternatively, you might think about HC2 if 3.5 inches will interest you in the future, especially if you need something above 5TB at normal prices it will be a better solution than 2.5.

As for OS, install Armbian based on buster but with 4.14.y kernel because currently 5.x has big problems with HC, it doesn't boot at all. But 4.14 is not a problem because some time will be supported.

As for samba, stretch has 4.5.16, buster has 4.9.5 If you need 4.11.3, you will need to install samba from bullseye / sid sources.

Buy a decent PSU, don't save !!!
I also recommend buying a branded A1 / A2 SD card.
If you are thinking about using a USB port, it would be good to have a HUB with power. In general, imho Odroid has something of poor quality USB ports, quite loose and likes to have problems with pin contact, sometimes you need to bend the metal plates for better contact but these are random cases. My HC1 works well with the rf receiver and the USB sound card.

After buying it is worth checking if the Firmware is new, if not update ... https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-xu4/software/jms578_fw_update

My armbian HC1 handles omv, pihole, kodi, xrdp and chromium. If you have fast hdd / ssd then getting 80-100MB/s should not be such a problem with SMB.

You can also think of a uart-usb cable especially dedicated to odroid just in case.

Generally it's ok and stable, I do uptime 20/30/50 days.

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OMV 4 just as OMV 3 already supports TimeMachine (AFP/Netatalk). APFS volumes can be backed up flawlessly to TimeMachine AFP shares still using the anachronistic HFS+ SparseBundles. No need for SMB here whatsoever.

 

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Thanks for the comments. I think I'm probably going to get one.

> install Armbian based on buster but with 4.14.y kernel

OK; https://www.armbian.com/odroid-hc1/ is offering Stretch on 4.14 and Buster (minimal) on 5.4. Presumably there is some way to get what I need; I'll worry about the details later. I believe that I need Samba >= 4.8.

Regarding TimeMachine, I have got the impression that using newish Samba is preferable to using netatalk in some way, though I don't recall the details.

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