Originally Posted by ramicio
If you ever need that many drives, I would venture that you're rich as hell, and you should just venture into cases that use 2.5" bays.
I have almost that many drives and i'm considered low-middle wage for income.
50 slots, that would be $7500 at $150/3TB drives, and that's if you buy 50 drives without getting a bulk discount. Assuming you browse around try to get a good bulk deal, with 50 drives you can probably get a bulk deal of about $100 per which would make it $5000. You aren't required to fill the server immediately though, you could buy it and put a single drive in it and expand when needed.
Really not that bad considering hardly anyone (non-business) would fill the server up right when they got it. $5000-$7500 over 5-10 years? Lots can afford that and It's way more future proof.
Though, I believe that case comes with enterprise class hardware in it.. if it's the same case I was looking at it's like $7000 without the drives. A little absurd for home servers since you can get 2x Norco 4224 that will fit 48 drives for $800.
Originally Posted by Boyboyd
You need a forklift truck to rack it though. I'm deadly serious, they make those.
Yeah, I can't move my 24 drive cases when they have all slots full. I have to remove the drives then move it. They get pretty heavy, and i'm not a very strong guy. Edited by Murlocke - 7/18/12 at 9:11am