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Hi,

Anyone know of a good source for an 8 bay enclosures or small form factor PC cases that would work? I'm looking for a bare case, no PSU, no RAID and connectors. Just like buying a PC case.

All I need is a PSU (I'm looking at a fanless PSU) and I've a few Noctua fans lying around from previous builds. All I need to do is secure 8 x 3.5 drives, and an slot for a HighPoint EJ220.

My current problem is I need more storage and I've the maximum 8 hard disks connected to my RR2722 but with the HightPoint EJ220 I can double that to 16 thumb.gif Buying larger hard disks and removing one RAID 5 set, creating a new RAID 5 set, then copying the contacts would be the answer but it takes >6 hours just to build a new 9TB RAID 5 and I cannot be down for that long.

I would also like to try the new Western Digital Red drives, they look very interesting!

So I plan to get the EJ220 and build my own external enclosure, just need to find one.

Any ideas?
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EnhanceRAID E800MS. smile.gif
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EnhanceRAID E800MS. smile.gif

I already have a RAID card? and the E800MS is not exactly a bare case, its a RAID solution!!!!
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There's no need for such hysterics. I simply didn't realise it came with a RAID card - its predecessors never did. Try the EnhanceBOX E8 MS instead.


EDIT:

OK. If you were clearer about what the EJ220 actually did, I would have advised you better - it's not commonly used. As it is, I had to go looking around to find out what it actually was. OK, you could use the case I have in my sig. rig, the PC-A04B. It has 7 3.5" slots, and with the addition of an IcyDock 3-in-2, it will support 10 drives in total.

That is the configuration I use.
Edited by parityboy - 10/14/12 at 2:05pm
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Sans Digital makes some nice ones (though some also come with a controller card). Also Rosewill off the top of my head. Performance-PCs has various ones in stock, I think...
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