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Hi!


Well, soon I won't have anymore space for hard drives in my Raven RV03, and I was wondering if I could get some sort of cabinet for hard drives externally, which can be hooked up via USB cable - preferably USB 2.0.

The reason for this is I don't have enough USB ports either, and I don't want a bunch of external hard drives clogging up my desk.


Would there be any solution to it?


I'm not very tech savvy, so I can't really build one myself. My girlfriend's father might be able to build the cabinet, but then I'd have to get the circuitry and stuff, and I'm not very good with that.


Thanks in advance smile.gif
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post #2 of 30
something like ICY DOCK MB561US-4SB-1 Aluminum body w/ partial plastic 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Quad Bay External Enclosure http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198047&name=External-Enclosures ?

newegg's main enclosure section, you can filter from there
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92

most USB ones are single drive but there are a few multiple drive ones, and other retailers may have other offerings but this should give you some idea of what's available
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something like ICY DOCK MB561US-4SB-1 Aluminum body w/ partial plastic 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Quad Bay External Enclosure http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198047&name=External-Enclosures ?
newegg's main enclosure section, you can filter from there
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92
most USB ones are single drive but there are a few multiple drive ones, and other retailers may have other offerings but this should give you some idea of what's available

Yeah, this definitely gives me some inspiration smile.gif Thanks!


- Can't buy from Newegg though...
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if you have the money, i would buy a premade NAS, then you can have network storage solution that is easy to set up, option to use RAID, secure, can access drives/arrays from all rigs connected to the network, great for back ups as well. very feature rich... Cons can be expensive
i use synology
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http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HF2-SU2S2-ProBox-Enclosure-Drives/dp/B002UUPWP6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351034573&sr=8-2&keywords=probox

I own one of these it is a compact 4 bay hard drive enclosure..... No RAID supported but it is handy for external drives.

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if you have the money, i would buy a premade NAS, then you can have network storage solution that is easy to set up, option to use RAID, secure, can access drives/arrays from all rigs connected to the network, great for back ups as well. very feature rich... Cons can be expensive
i use synology
http://www.synology.com/index.php?lang=default

I considered a NAS, but I keep expanding, so I would eventually need more, and at some point you run out of ethernet ports on the router. I already use up two out of five ports. But it was a good idea though smile.gif
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http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HF2-SU2S2-ProBox-Enclosure-Drives/dp/B002UUPWP6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351034573&sr=8-2&keywords=probox
I own one of these it is a compact 4 bay hard drive enclosure..... No RAID supported but it is handy for external drives.
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It's exactly something like that I'm looking for! But I can't seem to find anything here in Denmark. I cannot buy outside Europe because of toll fees frown.gif
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I considered a NAS, but I keep expanding, so I would eventually need more, and at some point you run out of ethernet ports on the router. I already use up two out of five ports. But it was a good idea though smile.gif
It's exactly something like that I'm looking for! But I can't seem to find anything here in Denmark. I cannot buy outside Europe because of toll fees frown.gif

If you really keep expanding, a NAS is the only sensible option. You can easily have 30 drives in a single box with an ethernet cable or two being the only needed connection.

This also gives you the freedom of using RAID, SSD/Ramdisk cashing, the option to use said machine as a low powered server for non-storage related tasks or an HTPC, and nearly limitless expand ability for the future.

It will also give you significantly better transfer speeds than trying to transfer data over USB2.0 and the ability to access your data over the entire network instead of only on a single machine.

If you are worried about lack of ports on your router, just add a switch and you instantly have more.
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OP I think that NAS is your best option. It is scalable. At least more so than a mess of USB drives. And in regards to running out of ethernet ports, my 5 port Gigabit switch was 40USD. I think you should look further into a NAS solution, especially because ethernet can get such great data rates and is network wide.

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If you really keep expanding, a NAS is the only sensible option. You can easily have 30 drives in a single box with an ethernet cable or two being the only needed connection.
This also gives you the freedom of using RAID, SSD/Ramdisk cashing, the option to use said machine as a low powered server for non-storage related tasks or an HTPC, and nearly limitless expand ability for the future.
It will also give you significantly better transfer speeds than trying to transfer data over USB2.0 and the ability to access your data over the entire network instead of only on a single machine.
If you are worried about lack of ports on your router, just add a switch and you instantly have more.

Where can I find one that can house 30 drives? Who makes such large NAS drives?
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OP I think that NAS is your best option. It is scalable. At least more so than a mess of USB drives. And in regards to running out of ethernet ports, my 5 port Gigabit switch was 40USD. I think you should look further into a NAS solution, especially because ethernet can get such great data rates and is network wide.
All the best!

Yeah, I'll look into a NAS drive. But I already have a HTPC, and I only want the drives to be accessed through it. I don't want any OS on the NAS, if you get my point?
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Where can I find one that can house 30 drives? Who makes such large NAS drives?
Yeah, I'll look into a NAS drive. But I already have a HTPC, and I only want the drives to be accessed through it. I don't want any OS on the NAS, if you get my point?

I'm not really sure what you have against having an OP on the NAS. Even your router has an OS.

As for getting a "big enough box", you build it silly. If you can build a computer (which I assume you already have with that sigrig of yours), you can build yourself a network storage server.

If you want only the HTPC to have access... well that's your choice I guess. You can still do that, just set it that way in the permissions. At least you have the choice rather than being locked into it with USB (never mind the turtle speeds).
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