Originally Posted by broadbandaddict
Thanks for that. I've been wanting to build a nice redundant file server and those might be the ticket. Now if I can just decide between 3 in an Antec 900 type case or 4 in a 1200.
I might have missed it in the build log but how often do you move your system? How are the temps on the hotswaps with the new fans? Also how much does that beast weigh, looks like it's heavy?
Take a look at Sharkoon Rebel 12 (although if you are in US it might get a bit expensive as its a german case, full tower ~70 euros. Aquatuning.de has a us branch as well so they might have it) It's the cheapest full tower I'm aware of which has 12x 5.25'' bays. If you have the space then the 3x into 2x 5.25'' end up slightly cheaper per disk although I must point out that you will want to replace the stock fans in these as they are quite a howlers even at low rpm setting. 80x20mm
they are. If you have room to spare then ofc 80x25mm can be used by using zip ties to attach them outside the backplates. 25mm does not fit inside.
The fan headers in the SATA backplates are mini 3pin fan headers. My thread about the fan headers can be found here - http://www.overclock.net/t/1269129/help-me-identify-a-3-pin-fan-connector-picture-inside-which-is-different-than-the-usual-one-going-into-motherboard-3-pin-connector
- after posting pictures someone knowing better than me pointed me out exactly what parts they are including links to electronics parts shop.
I move my rig usually twice a day (on working days) as I carry it with me to work and in the evening back to home. Not that huge problem as its travels most of the way in my car trunk. The total weight is somewhere around 22 kg which is not that bad with a shoulder strap. Hard disks add up weight really fast being approx 700g a piece.
Temperatures - with 80x25mm fans (1600rpm low noise if i remember correct) attached to the fangrills outside the backplates with zip ties on low rpm setting I get approx 25 ...30 C on my disks. The stock fans are 2800 rpm and very loud. I think they were on low rpm even louder than my gfx card. The fans are same on both backplates but somehow managed to be a lot louder on the 2x bay ones.
Edit: If you do not need very high number of disks and do not move your case then take a look at these thermaltake ones. Their advantage is that they do not need rails. The more dense ones have aluminium rails you neet to attach to HDD's - good if you are moving you case with the disks but mild annoyance if you plan on swapping out things often. Thermaltake one is a bit flimsy but it takes just the drive without any additional rails. I'm using mine for doing backups into a separate 3Tb one which does not travel with me.Edited by Carniflex - 7/22/12 at 2:45am