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hi guys, i've got a few questions in regards to setting up some form of external storage which could capacitate up to 8 hdd or more (in RAID mode) & i would like to know what is the most cost-effective way to do it.

currently i could only think of this way (i don't even know if it is feasible? ) buy a cheap server case, put all my hdd into it, stick all the SATA cable out through the server case and into my computer case and into a cheap RAID controller. plus i would need a power supply for the hdds (are there power supplies which are dedicated for hdds? )

any better cost-effective suggestions? my budget would be flexible, but it'll be nice if its between $100-$300 not including the RAID controller and hdds (of course)
    
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How about a file server? Find any cheap used PC from the last five years. Install Linux, the HDs, a RAID controller. Connect it to your PC via Ethernet or wireless. It won't be as fast as direct connection but it shouldn't have to be.

What RAID do you need? You can have your OS and apps folder on your main PC. Then use the file server/SAN for data files.
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thanks duckieho

i've thought about it, so you mean run another pc within the network which host the hdds? i do have old computer parts (i.e. old mobo and junk), but the case & power supply would be a problem (can't hold that many hdd), and data transfer speed to some extent, would be a concern.
    
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thanks duckieho

i've thought about it, so you mean run another pc within the network which host the hdds? i do have old computer parts (i.e. old mobo and junk), but the case & power supply would be a problem (can't hold that many hdd), and data transfer speed to some extent, would be a concern.
Well, what data would you keep on the file server? Movies, music, etc? A gigabyte LAN connection is fast enough for streaming.
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but where could i get a cheap case that can hold a minimum of 8 hdd (3.5")? and where could i get power supplies that can accommodate that? i tried newegg, buy can't find any =(
    
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you can go super ghetto like i did and strap 2 cases side by side and have hd's in both sides. I have 2 identical cases that i bolted together and have 11 hd's stuck inside them for my media server. got an cheapo motherboard and a 3200 running it along with an extra ide controller and i just run windows on it and share the drives over the network. also works good for an extra computer for ripping dvd's and such so you're not bogging down your main computer.
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you can go super ghetto like i did and strap 2 cases side by side and have hd's in both sides. I have 2 identical cases that i bolted together and have 11 hd's stuck inside them for my media server. got an cheapo motherboard and a 3200 running it along with an extra ide controller and i just run windows on it and share the drives over the network. also works good for an extra computer for ripping dvd's and such so you're not bogging down your main computer.
what sort of power supply did u use to pump your 11 hdds?
    
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i have dual psu's setup in there right now. have an ATX power supplies powering some of the hard drives and the computer, and i have an old AT power supplies with the power cord strung out to the front of the case powering the rest of the hard drives. I tried running everything of the ATX power supplies but 550W just wasn't big enough. But i also have a watercooling setup in there also so that's drawing some extra juice so i could probably get away with my 550W without all the watercooling. I've you're doing a server with single power supplies running 10+ hard drives i would recommend a 700W or more power supplies.
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so you mean getting a normal PSU and splitting all those hdd (sata) cables? will it work?
    
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most big power supplies nowadays have a ton of connectors for hd's. if you don't have enough then ya you can always split them.
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