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Hey hey


I hope you all can help me ... I am looking at building a NAS Server out of a thermaltake chaser tower and was wondering what the best motherboards would be for this job ...

Also, what is the easiest way to convert a standard drive cage into a removable drive bay ...


I am looking at fitting between 10 and 20 HDDs with 2 blueray drives ...


All information would be greatly appreciated.
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You can get a 5 3.5 to 3 5.25in bay adapter that will allow 5 hdds drives to go into 3 optical bays. That plus the 5 internal bays will give you 10 hdds total with no available optical drives. Its anot the best case for a lot of hdds. You need to look for a case that has a lot of 5.25in bays and then buy adapters. Honestly your better off getting a server case like this. Its only $329 and it already has 20 hotswap hdd bays built into it. It is cheaper then gettting a case with 10-12 5.25in bay and buying the adapters. The adapter cost $150 each,
It uses mini SAS connectors for less cables you need one cable per 4 drives. Then put you OS drive off the mother board and get SAS cards Like the super micro or IBM cards. Each card can run 8 drives and you can start with one and expand as necessary. As for the Optical drives you can get a couple of Esata/USB 3 external cases.

As for the motherboard Decide how you are going to build the server and make sure that you get one with enough slots for any extra cards you will need.
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