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Hello All,

I am building a home/file server after July (Got a Holiday) and just a few questions:

I'm looking at the Bitfenix Prodigy for the chassis, but I have a few questions about it:


It says it supports 5 x 3.5" Drives (3 + 2 Modular) - What does Modular mean?
It says it supports 9 x 2.5" Drives (5 + 2 + 1 +1) - What do the numbers in the brackets mean?
Can I use both 5 x 3.5" Drives aswell as 9 x 2.5" Drives? If I can't:

What will be better:

Using 5 x 3.5" Drives or using 9 x 2.5" Drives?
I'm aiming for the highest amount of storage possible whilst be cost effective.

As such, I won't buy 4TB drives as the cheapest I can find are £175 each, when I can get 3TB drives for under £100.

But would it be better to get 9 2.5" drives? Would it be significantly cheaper or better?
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Originally Posted by Celisuis View Post

Hello All,

I am building a home/file server after July (Got a Holiday) and just a few questions:

I'm looking at the Bitfenix Prodigy for the chassis, but I have a few questions about it:


It says it supports 5 x 3.5" Drives (3 + 2 Modular) - What does Modular mean?
It says it supports 9 x 2.5" Drives (5 + 2 + 1 +1) - What do the numbers in the brackets mean?
Can I use both 5 x 3.5" Drives aswell as 9 x 2.5" Drives? If I can't:

What will be better:

Using 5 x 3.5" Drives or using 9 x 2.5" Drives?
I'm aiming for the highest amount of storage possible whilst be cost effective.

As such, I won't buy 4TB drives as the cheapest I can find are £175 each, when I can get 3TB drives for under £100.

But would it be better to get 9 2.5" drives? Would it be significantly cheaper or better?

A great thread to check out is the Bitfenix Prodigy Owners Club, as they can give you all the information you want, but seeing as I hang out there quite often, I will try to answer a few of your questions.

It does support 5x3.5" drives 2+3 modular, meaning you can remove 3 of the drive cages.
It does support 9x2.5" drives 5 of which would be considered the 3.5" bays, the others are 2 on the left door, and 2 on the front of the PSU cage. You can fit at least 7 drives in a Prodigy, (5x3.5 + 2x2.5 (on the door)), and possibly have slimmer drives on the front of the PSU cage.

It would be best to have 2x2.5" drives, most likely SSDs for stuff that needs to load fast, as well as the operating system, and then 5x3.5" 3TB HDDs for all of your file storage needs.

Unless you are planning on using a RAID card or a motherboard with an extensive amount of SATA ports, you aren't going to be able to use all the drive areas in the Prodigy.


Hope this information helped.
Dman811

Edited by dman811 - 5/28/13 at 3:17pm
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Thanks.

I'm thinking of purchasing either a SATA Card or a RAID card (Depending on Budget)
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