Originally Posted by BorisTheSpider
If you can still get one, the xigmatek utgard is perfect for this, cheap and nicely made too. 9 x 5.25 bays all usable at the front. It's also super suitable for this use - ie. you could use it as a budget end case for a gaming build, but really, it's quite barebones and perfect for a fileserver.
Mine is full of a bunch of startech hot swap bays. I have 3 of them which fit 3x 3.5" HDDs horizontally in 2 x 5.25 bays each, so that's 9 HDDs in 6 bays, that leaves 3 bays open at the bottom, which are filled with another (I think startech again) 5-in-3 which takes 5x HDDs mounted vertically in 3 x 5.25 bays. So I've got 14 HDDs worth of bays in a reasonably compact case.
If I was doing it again though, considering the cost of all the startech hotswap bays, I'd probably just try to get a norco or something. That said, if 14 HDDs is definitely going to be enough for you for the forseeable future and you don't have any desire to rackmount it, the utgard does make a nice compact solution with a small footprint.
Not a big fan of that case but it's a nice option to have so I will consider it for sure. Thank you!
Originally Posted by socketus
What this guy is doing with a Case Labs pedestal
for a friggin huge TX10 build.
Buy just the pedestal
and grab a few of the hdd cages
, and you're good to go !
That's a little out of my price range I think. I'd rather not have to do any big amount of modding as I have enough to do as it is.
Originally Posted by CM Phaedrus
If you can use an mITX board then a pair of HAF 915s would be a good solution. They're launching in November. You can fit 12 hard drives in one 915, and an mITX system in another, and stack them together into something a fair bit smaller than a mid tower case.
They're $70 each, so $140 total cost.
I already have my build and it's a MicroATX board
Too deep but thank you for trying
I really love the Cosmos 2 (I used to have the Cosmos S which was great) but it really is too big unfortunately. My space restraints are clearly a big problem
I think at this point I may need to stick with an 8 drive case since they are much more plentiful and worry about a bigger case/chassis when it actually comes time to upgrade. Now if I could only just sell my Switch 810...the thing is literally in brand new condition.Edited by PuffinMyLye - 10/22/13 at 6:30pm