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I'm in the process of switching my WHS to a unRAID PRO License. I really like the simplicity of WHS but the resource overhead is killing me.

Currently i'm using just under 24TB and I have 14 2TB Drives installed in a P180 case using

4 drives in a 4-in-3
1 drive in a 5.25 to 3.5 adapter in the optical bay
2 drives in the middle HD Rack
1 Drive in the floppy 3.5 bay
4 drives in the bottom HD rack
2 drives mounted on top of the false floor.

The 22 TB of data will be reduced by 7 Tb when I shut off file duplication so I have some time to do research for a new case.

I shut duplication of the media collection off along time ago which is another reason I am excited about moving to unRaid

I really would like to get all of these drives in one case with some room for more expansion if need be. I was thinking some kind of 4U case. I really don't care if it is hot swappable or not.

All of the 4U units I have seen are quite expensive. I wanting something less then $300.

Before I get trolled.
I store encrypted data backups for several of my clients.
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This could be a good idea if you're willing to get your hands dirty:
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=475428
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noco 4020 or 4220
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Yeah I'm going to second the Norco 4020 if you have that many drives. Although it's quality is spotty in areas, its a decent case for the money. [H]ardForum has a few threads on it, hold on I will try to find them in a bit.

EDIT: The 4020 is exactly $300. I know you were looking for less.
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For less than $100 I'd get a Norco RP-450. You lose the hotswap bays (and there are only 10 3.5" drive bays), but you have 3 5.25" bays that you could reuse your 4-in-3 in to give 14 drive bays total.

OK, so no expansion options beyond what you have now, but less than 1/3 the costs of the other options presented...
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
This could be a good idea if you're willing to get your hands dirty:
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=475428
I had thought about building something. I am willing to get my hands dirty, but not devote a ton of time to it. This guy acts like it took him a while. It's a good Idea though.


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Originally Posted by Raptor_Jesus View Post
Yeah I'm going to second the Norco 4020 if you have that many drives. Although it's quality is spotty in areas, its a decent case for the money. [H]ardForum has a few threads on it, hold on I will try to find them in a bit.

EDIT: The 4020 is exactly $300. I know you were looking for less.
I do like this and I will consider it to be an option.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...iteria=BA25314

Yeah this looks sweet. but....

When the guys reviews it here he mentions a SAS back plane. So would this mean that I would need some sort of SAS controller card. I will go look over at [H] and read their reviews.

I really would like the Hot swap for that money.



This is what I came up with in my research that I'm looking for alternatives for.

NZXT Whisper
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=...gory=2&prod=54

I'm assuming that I can ge this case up to 18 3.5's for less then 180 bucks.

119.00 for the case =9 HDD's + 1 in the external 3.5
48.00 2x 4-in-3's =8 HDD's

It looks like fractal has several cases that hold a piss load of 3.5's I've never used any of the cases, nor do I know alot about the company. It looks like the bulk of thier cases are sold outside the U.S.
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post #7 of 28
what about modding a like antec 300? replace the whole front with all hhds?
and some every where haha idk how many ull fit in their (:

that nzxt wisper proably our best bet. and could add some hhds in the 5.25bays ect (:
    
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I have decided on the NZXT case.

I did do another mod on my P180 case to replace the center 2 HD rack with a bottom 4 HD rack out of another old P180 case I have. It doesn't matter much since I'm replacing it; however, I thought it was a good easy mod.



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Try searching Server cases on eBay?
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^ or faulty servers.

nice work on that mod btw (:
    
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