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building an external SATA drive array


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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?


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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
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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
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