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I recently took apart my older ASUS A8NSLI Premium board and 3200+ processor for a new INTEL rig for gaming. However, I would like to build a MEDIA CENTER PC to store hundreds of CD's, DVD Movies, etc. I have searching the net for a Rack Mountable case and SATA RAID Solution. I found a NORTEK case but it has received bad reviews.

1.) Should I use my on BOARD SATA RAID with my MB?

2.) What cases work in hot swappable situations?

3.) Should I get a RAID card seperately?
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post #2 of 12
RAID 1, server with RAID cards.
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post #3 of 12
If I remember right, you'll have to have another RAID card with that motherboard if you want a RAID config with 12 disks. You can use your onboard and combine that with a controller card.

I would recommend a case that has an easy to remove, tool-less panel and tool-less hard drive mounts. Take a look at this Lian-Li case. Its expensive, but its about the best quality case out there. You'll be in love.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112093

Maximum number of disks it supports is 12.

Like I said, you would need to use both your onboard RAID and a controller card.

Hope that helps.
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post #4 of 12
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Are there any RACK MOUNTABLE units that can do 8-12 hard drives?
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post #5 of 12
I know there are but I haven't found any.

If you're looking for the ultimate performance, go with 3ware, buy a 16 port SATA controller.

As for using the ports on your MB and the ports on a controller card, you can't do that. I think the only way you could get away with that is if you implemented software RAID. Such as with Windows. Software RAID sucks, but if you're using it for storage and performance isn't a big deal, it sounds like your cheapest solution.
    
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post #6 of 12
get a 12+ port card....

This is gonna get expensive.

why 12 drives anyways? Why not like....6 bigger ones? lol
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post #7 of 12
If you want 12 I'd go with SCSI, but then it would be expensive. 4 500gb SATA would give you a good size base, then get a SATA raid card if you wand more.

Supermicro do cases with hot swappable front bays, or just buy a cage from ebay and attack a cheaper case, as I have done, it'll save you a few bucks.
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post #8 of 12
You could get something like this, but its not going to be quiet:
http://www.8anet.com/merchant.ihtml?...tid=190&step=4

But hopefully you're not planning on keeping the storage server in the living room anyway. 12 drives is going to be somewhat loud no matter what case you have.
     
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post #9 of 12
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Thank you for the post. I am actually going to put it in a rack in the basement. So noise I do not care about. That is a nice option.
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post #10 of 12
Why 12 drives for lots of storage?

Why not like 2~4 500GB Drives in RAID using the onborad RAID controller.

PCI RAID controllers are expensive, not to mention buying 12 HDD's.

The heat output would also be appauling.
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