Originally Posted by Fkyx
Thanks for the input, guys. I'll see if I can get my hands on an old rig, as NAS seem to be overpriced for their (usual) 2-disk setups. I also just picked up another 640GB HDD, which puts me over 2TB of HDD space. My setup:
Is there any concern as to how powerful the rig I get will need to be? Also, what are my options for mounting the drives? I'm going to assume I'll have to buy a case with the necessary room for mounting, and what should I do about powering the drives?
The rig doesn't need to be powerful in the slightest. I'd personally go LOOKING for socket A or P3-P4 hardware to build this rig with, as the processor will be doing little more than sending requests to the HDD's for information. You wont' necessarily have to buy a huge case. I'd go for the cheapest thing i could find at a yardsale (that is ATX). Most cases support 3 HDD's minimum, and then normally have 1 3.5 external bay (read floppy) and 2-3 5.25 bays. You can buy converters to mount HDD's in 5.25 bays. There are also several rosewill cases on newegg for like $40.00 that come with 300w PSU's, and support 5 HDD's and have 5 5.25 bays, so that would work well.
$25.00 rosewill case. no PSU. Has 4 internal 3.5 bays, 2 external (can still be used for HDD's, just leave the plates on the case) and 4 5.25's which would be converted to house HDD's. Looks perfect for you
Will hold 6 HDD's with no extra work, 10 total if you buy converters.
Ohh yeah... you would possibly need a PCI sata card to run that many drives (since older mobo's don't normally have sata ports, or won't have 8), but since you have so many already i'm going to assume you have one
.Edited by HatesFury - 6/29/08 at 4:08pm