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Hello,
I have a server in a Silverstone HTPC case this case, however, is very terrible. It is an incredible pain to remove and add drives, etc. I was looking for a server case with removable drive bays, something to easily hot swap hard drives and with good cable organization and including USB 3.0. I am having a very hard time finding this and was wondering if anyone knew of any good ones they have own or seen before.
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-Falven
Edited by falven - 8/24/13 at 10:30am
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Hello,
I have a server in a Silverstone HTPC case this case, however, is very terrible. It is an incredible pain to remove and add drives, etc. I was looking for a server case with removable drive bays, something to easily hot swap hard drives and with good cable organization and including USB 3.0. I am having a very hard time finding this and was wondering if anyone knew of any good ones they have own or seen before.
Thanks,
-Falven

The corsair obsidian 550D has 6 3.5 inch drive bays. The cages are removable. Now if by "removable" you mean "hot swappable" or "externally removable" then something like the Supermicro CSE-743TQ-865B is probably your best bet, though it's twice the price of the 550D

EDIT: on the other hand, you really don't need a new case necessarily, just need to move the drives. You could go with an eSATA and USB 3.0 enclosure like the Mediasonic H82-SU3S2. Just need a decent multiplexing eSATA card in your case.
Edited by Nixalot - 8/24/13 at 4:19pm
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The corsair obsidian 550D has 6 3.5 inch drive bays. The cages are removable. Now if by "removable" you mean "hot swappable" or "externally removable" then something like the Supermicro CSE-743TQ-865B is probably your best bet, though it's twice the price of the 550D

EDIT: on the other hand, you really don't need a new case necessarily, just need to move the drives. You could go with an eSATA and USB 3.0 enclosure like the Mediasonic H82-SU3S2. Just need a decent multiplexing eSATA card in your case.

That is a nice case, however, I am looking for one that has "hot swappable" bays. The USB enclosure is a nice thought, however, it would really bottleneck the server as it's a USB 3.0 interface.

That Supermicro CSE-743TQ-865B looks very nice, and Is what I am looking for. However, if I could look at any cheaper alternatives it would simplify my decision. That case, for example has 8 hot-swappable ports whereas I only need 6.

Thanks for all the help so far!

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Check out the Fractal Designs Arc Mini or Define Mini. Both have 6 removable drive bays with rubber grommets on each to lower vibration. They're basically the same case, but the Arc Mini has room for a 240/280mm rad at the top and the Define Mini has noise dampening foam on the side panels and removable foam for the top and side fan mounts and a front panel door. It also looks better in my opinion.

If you need room for an ATX motherboard or extra drive bays they both have bigger versions, the Arc Midi R2, Define R4, and Define XL R2.

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I've got a Fractal Design Array R2, which I don't believe they make any more. But they do make a Node 304, which looks really similar.
Its incredibly small, especially to say it fits 6HDDs in them.

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=94

You'd need a low profile CPU cooler. It does only take ITX boards too. I couldn't review the Node, but the R2 I have is really good.
I currently use unRaid with it, which is fine, but the only gripe I do have is the temps can be pretty high if all the drive are spinning and have been for an hour. I think the highest I saw was maybe about 52 degrees.
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