[CentOS] eSATA drive enclosure of a full PC?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 15:46:27 UTC 2010

On 2/22/2010 8:48 AM, Bowie Bailey wrote:
> Stephen Harris wrote:
>>> 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?
>> My recommendation is the 2nd option.  I ran the first for a couple of years
>> and was always suffering disk failures because you really really need good
>> air-flow to keep that many disks cool.
> If you're going to raid together than many disks, you've got to keep
> them cool, which a standard case (no matter now many drive slots it has)
> generally doesn't do very well.  My recommendation would be to get a
> Supermicro case or something similar that is designed for raid.

The trayless hotswap enclosures that others have suggested that fit in 
the space where 5" drives would go generally have their own cooling 
fans. I've used a unit from Startech and swapped one of the drives out 
of a raid weekly for an off-site rotation without any trouble for over a 
year now.  You do need a big tower case that could take 5" drives all 
the way down, but it's nicer than having cables and power off to an 
odd-sized external box and very handy to not have to open the case to 
trade drives once it is set up.  If this is a single-user PC or even a 
media server for a few people at once you probably don't have to worry 
about extreme speed issues and would get along fine with an
8-port PCI-X or -E card.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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