[CentOS] eSATA drive enclosure of a full PC?
John R Pierce
pierce at hogranch.com
Sun Feb 21 07:11:48 UTC 2010
> Hi John,
> Yes, I looked into this and I was looking for a solution with a large number of drives, but at a good cost point.
> So you are saying a full fledged PC with an 8-port sata mobo is a better solution.
yeah, its cheaper to go direct connect internal jbod. make sure the
drives get plenty of airflow, don't pack them too close together.
a bunch of vendors sell 5-in-3 sata hotswap adapters that hold 5 SATA
drives in 3 HH external bays of a jumbo tower chassis. they seem to run
about $100. each drive bay has its own sata port on the back of these.
example of one of these,
if you get a motherboard that has a 2nd x8 or x16 slot, you can put an
x4 PCI-express card in that for lots more SATA/SAS channels if you feel
the need to really expand. I wouldn't put more than 4 SATA ports on a
PCI-E x1 slot.
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