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post #21 of 24
When you start looking at putting 8, 12, or more HDD in a single machine, it pays to get a server chassis that is designed to hold them properly. I've got several production servers built in these:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/3U/836/SC836TQ-R710.cfm

It's a 16-drive SAS/SATA backplane chassis. Couple that, with a LSI-9200 (SATA) or LSI-9700 (SAS) controller and you're able to run ANY configuration of HDD you could possibly want, with the best balance of performance and reliability.

Downside is the chassis isn't cheap, not particularly quiet, and the LSI controller is going to run you at least $350-$500 for a decent 12-channel or 16-channel board.

Greg
post #22 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hammong View Post

When you start looking at putting 8, 12, or more HDD in a single machine, it pays to get a server chassis that is designed to hold them properly. I've got several production servers built in these:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/3U/836/SC836TQ-R710.cfm

It's a 16-drive SAS/SATA backplane chassis. Couple that, with a LSI-9200 (SATA) or LSI-9700 (SAS) controller and you're able to run ANY configuration of HDD you could possibly want, with the best balance of performance and reliability.

Downside is the chassis isn't cheap, not particularly quiet, and the LSI controller is going to run you at least $350-$500 for a decent 12-channel or 16-channel board.

Greg

Well, cheap and quiet are what I love, so I will have to suffer with the modded 210s. Besides, I already bought them, so there's really no going back unless I return them, and I HATE returning things.

I don't see what you're talking about with "holding them properly." Any slot designed to hold a drive is designed to hold it properly, provided that it is properly installed.

The SATA controller can be obtained from FleaBay for much cheaper. This isn't going to be a top end server with lots of people accessing it 24/7. It's just me.

I had thought about rigidity issues with the case mod and realized that simply bolting them together isn't exactly a permanent solution, nor is it the best. I had thought of welding the frames together, but I worry about material deformation from heat, so I thought of another option. I would think that once the frames are bolted in place, bolting or riveting some aluminum angle for the corners and aluminum bar on the connection point between the top and bottom would work best.
post #23 of 24
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Okay, update:

I have acquired all the hardware needed to build this server (listed in my sig rig Mouseion at Alexandria). I still need to acquire some SATA power extenders, though, and possibly some SATA data cables. I did purchase a USB 3.0 header adapter so I can plug the USB stick with the OS in without worrying about accidentally removing it one day, as it will be inside the case.

The new plan for the two cases is to place them side by side instead of stacked. I plan to join them in the back via a continuous hinge and have them latch together in the front. This will allow me to open the case easily while maintaining ease of access to all the components.

Once I start actually building it, I will post a build log for it.

Any thoughts?
post #24 of 24
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So it has been brought to my attention that the Corsair CX600M might not be the best choice for a PSU due to limitations on power draw.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a better PSU? Preferably one that can handle the constraints of 16 HDDs?
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