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USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 unRaid direct attached to PC?

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Hi guys, I was looking here in the forums, but I couldn't find info on this.

 

I want to know if with unraid is possible to create something like a Dobro mini, or Dobro 5D3, 5C.

So, basically a box that will keep my files safe in case of driver failure that I can use directly attached to the PC via USB-C, or Thunderbolt 3.

 

All I know is that unraid is great over networks, but couldn't find nothing on using unraid via USB or TB. Is it possible?

 

Thank you.

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Just now, johnnie.black said:

No

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Sad.... It could be a feature someday.... just saying.

 

Thanks for the answer.

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Just now, johnnie.black said:

 

Very much doubt it's a planned feature but you can always make a feature request.

Thanks. Will write there

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I haven't looked closer at limitations of thunderbolt etc, but it should be possible to create a docker or VM that mounts the unRAID shares and delivers them using some other sharing method than Samba networking.

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1 hour ago, pwm said:

I haven't looked closer at limitations of thunderbolt etc, but it should be possible to create a docker or VM that mounts the unRAID shares and delivers them using some other sharing method than Samba networking.

 

well, as far as I understand, on Windows to do this, you need to use this special USB cable. USB Data Transfer Cable. I was wondering if unraid would have some sort of solution for this. But yeah... I might go with the Drobo... =/

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8 minutes ago, Geffa said:

 

well, as far as I understand, on Windows to do this, you need to use this special USB cable. USB Data Transfer Cable. I was wondering if unraid would have some sort of solution for this. But yeah... I might go with the Drobo... =/

 

For USB-2, you most definitely needs a special cable. I'm pretty sure the same is true for USB-C - a cable with a gateway chip that looks like a device to both computers so the two computers can each be in host mode.

 

But I'm pretty sure you should be able to insert a Thunderbolt card in unRAID and have a VM serve this Thunderbolt card and perform fast networking with your MAC - basically doing what is described in the following link. Just that the software in the unRAID VM drags the file data from file system shares.

https://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/07/intel-expands-thunderbolt-networking/

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2 minutes ago, pwm said:

 

For USB-2, you most definitely needs a special cable. I'm pretty sure the same is true for USB-C - a cable with a gateway chip that looks like a device to both computers so the two computers can each be in host mode.

 

But I'm pretty sure you should be able to insert a Thunderbolt card in unRAID and have a VM serve this Thunderbolt card and perform fast networking with your MAC - basically doing what is described in the following link. Just that the software in the unRAID VM drags the file data from file system shares.

https://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/07/intel-expands-thunderbolt-networking/

mmm

 

this is looking interesting. Still I wonder... TB3 is USB-C compatible... would this work if the guest computer have only USB-C (yes, I'm trying to get ready for the future of all things USB--C)?

 

I guess not, but damn... The problem is that I can't test this out without buying the components... Or maybe I can put unraid in a VM on my Mac, and try from there...
damn, work :D

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Sell the idea to some MAC-owning developer with too much spare time. :D

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I am searching for thunderbolt 3 support recently in the forums and found most of the answers are "No", except this case:

The poster used a thunderbolt 2 enclosure for the drives and it is working properly with unraid release before (except the booting issue he addressed).

Wondering if anybody tried any thunderbolt 3 external drive enclosure with TB3 device (e.g. intel NUC) actually?

 

I found the following information in egpu.io:

since in unraid 6.5.2 we are already at Linux Kernel 4.14, and should include the following patch for TB3 security control:

https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/5/26/432

 

does it mean unraid support eGPU already by:

$sudo sh -c 'echo 1 > /sys/bus/thunderbolt/devices/0-1/authorized'

 

like this topic:

https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/egpu-in-linux-has-anyone-here-gotten-it-to-work/

 

does anyone ever test it?

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