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building an external SATA drive array

Discussion in 'Technology' started by alexd, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I have way too many drives in my computers already. I want to build an external array (4 x 300 gig drives) to store digital images.

    Anybody done this before? Anybody know where I can get an external case in TO? A sata card that will enable me to add the drives to one of my computers?
  2. zoo

    zoo TRIBE Member

    high storage / high speed drive arrays are actually really common in many industries

    i've worked with something very similar to this:


    this company sells customized rackmount arrays, generally with redundant raid controllers (so two of 'em) as well as fully redundant and hot-swappable drives, around 12 drives is the norm for capacity, though i think you can do 24 with larger cases. some systems even come with redundant power supplies!

    i would suggest you consider a separately driven array that you connect via fibre channel to. a standalone array is pretty nice, especially if in raid 5 (or something similar with redundancy) and with hot-swap drives

    high speed mass storage rules! :p
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2005
  3. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I don't need high peed. I just need reliability and availability.
  4. zoo

    zoo TRIBE Member

    well i'm sorry, but high speed is just a consequence you'll have to live with, since raid 5 is the best option for you in terms of reliability of your data, and has the added benefit of its striping speed :p
  5. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    If speed was what I wanted I would go ultra 320 scsi however what I am looking for is a way to store thousands of photos that I rarely have to access.

    I saw this online but I was wondering if anyone has seen such enclosures here in TO for sale:

  6. zoo

    zoo TRIBE Member


    these guys can get anything, though i think that type of supplier might be a little overkill

    i haven't seen anything like the array you posted in the regular retail stores, and i wouldn't really know where to look ..

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