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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:

1x 640GB
2x 500GB
1x 320GB
1x 250GB
All Sata

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?

Thanks again!
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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fkyx View Post
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:

1x 640GB
2x 500GB
1x 320GB
1x 250GB
All Sata

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?

Thanks again!
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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147071

$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
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Take a look at the Drobo. It's an amazing NAS. http://www.drobo.com/
 
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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 .
Thanks! I'm a CoolerMaster fanboy, so I'll most likely end up buying a cheap CM case to use. I figured the PCI SATA card in already since it has been mentioned, and as you said, I'm not going to expect a lot of mobos to have that many ports.

My 965P-DS3 has 6 SATA ports... so I'm maxed out. A couple of PCI SATA cards will do.

My main concern, when I was talking about powering the drives, is having enough SATA power connectors for all the drives. If I get this CM case w/ PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119118
I'll have to add SATA power connector to the cables.... the problem is where do I get a kit for adding them?
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post #16 of 24
Even though it prolly has 350 W, it probably outputs less.
This is from personal experience from a Raidmax PSU, though it is a different company so the experience could be different.

I would look at a different more reliable low output PSU.

I would think if it is intended to be just a storage and nothing else 350 should be fine.
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post #17 of 24
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I would think if it is intended to be just a storage and nothing else 350 should be fine.
That's the goal. I think the PSU with the CM case will be sufficient.
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post #18 of 24
I just know that when my RAIDMAX PSU did work (it died 3 months later), it didn't output the 500W it was supposed to, more around 250.

So be sure it actually does output that before you attach everything.
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post #19 of 24
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Running 5 HDDs that will be idle most of the time on a P4 (or lower) system shouldn't require anywhere near 350W, though, should it? My Corsair 520HX is running the 5 HDDs, an 8800GTS and an E6420 overclocked from 2.13 to 3.2... and effortlessly at that? I can't imagine the HDDs taking up anywhere near half of the power requirement even if they're all being used at the same time.
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post #20 of 24
Nope. It shouldn't.

I am just warning you that the actual posted Wattage, may not be the actual wattage out putted.

It should be fine if it actually does run at 350 though.
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