[CentOS] eSATA drive enclosure of a full PC?

Rudi Ahlers rudiahlers at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 06:07:31 UTC 2010


On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 7:17 AM, Slack-Moehrle <mailinglists at mailnewsrss.com
> wrote:

> HI All,
>
> I have a dilemma and I would appreciate advice
>
> 1. Get a good size case, mobo, processor, etc and put 8 hard drives it in
> and RAID them. (yes an 8 port SATA mobo). Running CentOS.
>
> or
>
> 2. Get an eSATA enclosure that has room for 8 or 10 drives and just connect
> it to box?
>
> I know that RAID is not a full proof backup, but I am looking for a
> solution to store all of my data, projects, music, etc, etc
>
> Can I get thoughts for ideas for solutions?
>
> Thank You
> -Jason
> _______________________________________________
>
>

If you're building something on the cheap, then you could get an even
cheaper setup with a 4port SATA motherboad, and an add 4port SATA PCI /
PCI-e card.

Some of those eSATA enclosures will use 1x SATA port per HDD, and some even
work on USB which is even worse.

If you can run each HDD on it's own port, you'll get optimal performance.
For a cheap in-office storage, I use these:
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=off&q=icy+dock&cid=7046738176421693906&sa=title#p

It's basically a hot-swap cage, but I need to manually tell the OS that the
drive was removed, since it doesn't run on a server back-plane. But it does
the job as far as cheap storage goes :)
Put 4x 2TB HDD's in there and you have 4TB storage on RAID10


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