Help Me Turn a G5 into a NAS RAID
I forgot to say, Please! There's good karma in it for you.
I was planning to buy a NAS RAID device to serve my media, but suddenly I realized, I have a G5 sitting right here next to my current Mac (see sig), and it's still working great. Furthermore, it's got two drive bays and a blazing system architecture compared to my MBP. It's a 1.6GHz (single CPU, of course), running OS X 10.4.6 with 1.5GB of RAM and an 80GB HD, and 10/100/1000 Ethernet, and just dying to have something to do other than serve as a testing ground for PPC apps every week or two. It's got its own monitor, too. I am out of space between my internal HD and my external drive that supplements it, and I want to move all my media off the internal HD to a redundant external storage space.
Of course, while the G5 has a lot of potential, it's an incomplete puzzle, and this is where I could use some help, because I'm a networking newbie even though I'm a long-time Mac user.
1. I never got AirPort for it because it wasn't needed. Now it would be nice, but still not necessary, to serve wirelessly. What kind of AirPort Extreme can it support? My perusal of the Apple Store indicates that 802.11g is the limit, in other words, I can't do -n. Is that true? Also, which is faster in the real world, 802.11g (if I can't do -n) or Ethernet? Also, would I just be buying the PCI card, or are you supposed to get the Base Station too?
2. Should I upgrade it to 10.5, or just update to 10.4.(whatever's last)? I mean, is there an advantage for networking purposes? Otherwise I'm happy sticking with 10.4.x on the G5.
3. I need to set the drives I'll be installing in the two bays as a RAID, but with what, now? Third-party software? Something built-in? I know Leopard has a RAID Utility. Seems that 10.4 doesn't... is this something I have to upgrade to 10.5 to use, or can I just copy the utility to the G5?
4. In order to carry over the current HD's data (if I indeed decide to do that), would I install one SATA drive in the 2nd bay, and then copy the first drive to that drive, then replace the first, 80GB drive with the new drive that has its data, and install the second SATA drive in the 2nd bay? How exactly would I copy the first drive to the second so that it's bootable and all that?
Many thanks for whoever can answer at least one question. Also, if you know of some reason why the whole idea of making the G5 a NAS RAID is not a good one, feel free to say so.
2.33GHz 17" MacBook Pro — 2GB RAM, 80GB HD, Mac OS X 10.6.
1.6GHz G5 — 1.5GB RAM, 80GB HD + 120GB SSD, Mac OS X 10.5. (home server)
400MHz G4 — 640MB RAM, 20GB HD, Mac OS 9.1. (for Classic-y goodness)
16GB iPod touch, 1TB LaCie 2big Triple external HD (RAID 0), 22" ViewSonic VP2250wb LCD