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I'm looking to upgrade my case to be a bit easier to manage my cables and hold more hard drives. right now I just just have a hand me down case from my inlaws. I have a RAID card that can handle 8 HDDs so I'd like the potential to hold at least that many, preferably more. Does anyone have any suggestions? A vertical tower would be preferred just to save space. I'd like something cheap, under 100 would be awesome! Thanks for any help!
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Get a used Stacker 1 There is no place better, for a lot of HDD's. You can cool them all with 120mm fans.
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Can I please have a link to this "stacker" as I can't find it anywhere on the net.
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Google for "Coolermaster Stacker".
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nzxt whisper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146051
not quite a server case but it will hold 9+ drives


if you can find the case i have then its a deal as well should be able to get 10+ if you dont put any external 3.5 devices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811160008
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LocutusH View Post
Get a used Stacker 1 There is no place better, for a lot of HDD's. You can cool them all with 120mm fans.
I just got one and just got done doing my mods for my window home server. here are a few pics. I am waiting on 3
SNT SNT-SAC3141B 4x3.5" Hard drive in 3x5.25" Bay Hot Swap SAS/SATA Backplane RAID cage





Edited by stl drifter - 8/15/11 at 4:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ghettogeddy View Post
nzxt whisper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146051
not quite a server case but it will hold 9+ drives


if you can find the case i have then its a deal as well should be able to get 10+ if you dont put any external 3.5 devices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811160008
Thanks a nice case!!
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post #8 of 9
If your trying to stay compact, low key server style, you could try out a Lian Li PC-A05FN (the silver is $10 cheaper). Slot in a x2 5.25" to 3x 3.5" adaptor and you would have a very small, attractive mid-tower ATX case.
Another option would be a mATX Antec Mini P180 with same adaptor=9 HDD goodness (I have 2 in titanium, still in boxes if you want one).
But if your not concerned much about size, why not go big? 20+ 3.5" HDDs enough?
I'll start with the fan favorite, and probably the most logical choice, but there are others. We have the Antec Twelve Hundred V3. Load it up to the brim with x3 5.25" to x5 3.5" adaptors and you have a solid, well ventilated, and relatively affordable -if a bit flashy- case capable of fitting 20 hotswappable 3.5" HDDs, or as much as 60 TBs (72 TBs if you went to x1 5.25" to x6 2.5" adopters and for some reason wanted to drop 8k on HDDs).
There are a few other cases capable of handling 20+ HDDs with a few modifications, but most are way overpriced or just not worth it. There are also numerous cases capable of handling 15+ or 12+ with one to three adaptors. Theres actually a thread around here somewhere with pics of someone actually using a 1200 with vertically mounted 3.5" HDD adaptors I'm speaking of, I just can't find it at the moment. I'll post a link if I find it.
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I'm using a Thermaltake V3 for my server. It is a nice case and can hold 11 drives (1 for OS and 10 for data) using only 2 - 4-in-3 drive adapters. I can gain another drive spot if I take out the CD/DVD burner (which Iprobably will later on). It has 2 front panel USB plugs which is nice if you have it tucked away somewhere and need to update or put something in using a USB stick or even using a USB DVD.
I'm pleased with it and can have 6 - 120mm fans in there if need be. Right now I only have 4 fans and it runs nice and cool.
Good case and only $40 without a PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133094

Plenty big enough for my needs (well at least for now).
Edited by Beeiilll - 8/31/11 at 3:01pm
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