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VIDEO: User Crams 16 TB into SFF Case

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April 30, 2010 6:16:47 PM

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also that looks pretty awesome :) 
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April 30, 2010 6:18:30 PM

Awesome Torrent box, but a bit large for my needs. But can it play Cr... n/m
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April 30, 2010 6:20:01 PM

This guy loves his cameras and not leaving any breathing room for his drives.
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April 30, 2010 6:20:38 PM

Now gaming companies wont have the excuse to have dedicated servers!
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April 30, 2010 6:22:02 PM

16TB of entirely legitimate stuff to share, for sure ;) 
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April 30, 2010 6:24:52 PM

I hope he's using a decent raid setup because those disks may fail a little early what with all the metal dust and sparks he blew at them while cutting metal etc for the case! I'm also not convinced that the cooling of the hard drives is ideal.

Edit: Just realised after getting towards the end of the second video that the original hard drives there were old scrap ones for sizing reasons so the sparks and dust doesn't matter. :)  Great build!
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April 30, 2010 6:35:43 PM

dunderklumptonAwesome Torrent box, but a bit large for my needs. But can it play Cr... n/m

No, but I think it can store Crysis.
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April 30, 2010 6:36:19 PM

Has an iron man feel to it lol but..I wonder how in the world is he gonna fit the power and sata cables
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April 30, 2010 6:40:38 PM

Spanky DeluxeI hope he's using a decent raid setup because those disks may fail a little early what with all the metal dust and sparks he blew at them while cutting metal etc for the case! I'm also not convinced that the cooling of the hard drives is ideal.

He probably doesn't have to worry about longevity; with 16TB worth of torrents running he will have all his gear confiscated by the BSA, RIAA, MPAA, or similar agency within the week. Problem solved!
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April 30, 2010 6:42:31 PM

Wow, he put so much time and effort into this, I don't understand why he didn't leave more space for airflow between the hard drives, and it seems like mounting them at the odd angle would be bad for the motors...
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April 30, 2010 6:42:53 PM

So does this thing catch on fire every couple of hours?
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April 30, 2010 6:43:22 PM

I wish I had enough money for all those cameras + tools...my workshop consists of 1 saw and a set of screwdrivers
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April 30, 2010 6:48:04 PM

Crystal meth strikes again!!!!
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April 30, 2010 6:50:34 PM

i think i know the who next victim for the MPAA and RIAA is......
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April 30, 2010 7:12:46 PM

tpi200716TB of entirely legitimate stuff to share, for sureWho has 16TB of s

Seriously, what does anyone need with 16TB? And for what he must have spent on those drives, wouldn't it have been cheaper to buy those movies and games?

Still, it was a nice experiment in the "what if" category.
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April 30, 2010 7:18:34 PM

It also looks like the HD's he had during the build process were old ones, since he brought in the new shipment of individual 2TB drives at the end.
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April 30, 2010 7:21:17 PM

I like the build. But I was more impressed with the camera work.
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April 30, 2010 7:46:55 PM

I am going to get trolled for this but cutting sheet metal near drives and boards is a very bad idea. Why simple the shavings can get ware they should not be and create electrical shorts. Second the cooling on the drives isn't enough for both performance and life, hard drives need to be cooled.
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April 30, 2010 8:09:30 PM

The 140mm fan should be enough to remove the
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April 30, 2010 8:09:45 PM

nforce4maxI am going to get trolled for this but cutting sheet metal near drives and boards is a very bad idea. Why simple the shavings can get ware they should not be and create electrical shorts.

Won't troll but rather correct you. He disassembled the entire thing to clean and paint it before putting it back together with the real drives. Shavings large enough to cause shorts would be rather visible.

nforce4maxSecond the cooling on the drives isn't enough for both performance and life, hard drives need to be cooled.

Fortunately those are "green" drives. :)  A 140mm fan pumping the underside vents should be enough to remove the
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April 30, 2010 8:16:54 PM

Spanky DeluxeI hope he's using a decent raid setup because those disks may fail a little early what with all the metal dust and sparks he blew at them while cutting metal etc for the case! I'm also not convinced that the cooling of the hard drives is ideal.Edit: Just realised after getting towards the end of the second video that the original hard drives there were old scrap ones for sizing reasons so the sparks and dust doesn't matter. Great build!


I know, I was thinking the same thing. He also would have probably wiped and destroyed the hard drives from the magnetic field generated from welding lol
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April 30, 2010 8:18:10 PM

HarbyMaybe I'm too old but the FIRST thing that came to mind when I saw it was "Floppy case!"http://cdn3.ioffer.com/img/item/37 [...] 346%29.jpg


Me two this reminded me of one that my old school used to have with a clear top and on the front was the old Apple logo.
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April 30, 2010 8:18:48 PM

WRWon't troll but rather correct you. He disassembled the entire thing to clean and paint it before putting it back together with the real drives. Shavings large enough to cause shorts would be rather visible.Fortunately those are "green" drives. A 140mm fan pumping the underside vents should be enough to remove the


I watched part two, Green editions or not when there is 8 at once there is going to be heat issues so just wait till summer he will see. Second air flow with in the cabinet isn't to good. 140mm fan or not it is how flows with in the cabinet sure there is some vents on the under side but hard drives are not that good passively cooled and so typically pass the heat through the case but with 8 drives that causes a cooling issue. Flat featureless plate isn't the best heat sink unless it is think and extends well beyond the heat source.
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April 30, 2010 8:18:58 PM

i think he should have gotten some sata connectors and make the drives easier to come out if one dies

though i wish i had the tools for this kind of work, wouldn't mind having a physical project to work on
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April 30, 2010 8:23:14 PM

Spanky DeluxeI hope he's using a decent raid setup because those disks may fail a little early what with all the metal dust and sparks he blew at them while cutting metal etc for the case!


He end up using a whole new collection of HDDs, I though the same that you, but at the end he used other drives, I think he was just using old non-working drives or something, still the motherboard it was the same ;X
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April 30, 2010 8:23:32 PM

this guy is a cool dude and does alot of his own video work.

he probably needs that storage for his HD video
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April 30, 2010 8:27:35 PM

Wow. I wished I had the engineering know-how for doing this.
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April 30, 2010 8:29:41 PM

tpi200716TB of entirely legitimate stuff to share, for sure

14GB ;)  It's in Raid5
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April 30, 2010 8:38:16 PM

I thought hard drives can only be at a 90 or 180 degree angle?
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April 30, 2010 8:40:06 PM

dj1001this guy is a cool dude and does alot of his own video work.he probably needs that storage for his HD video

I like his videos, great camera work and he is pretty inventive, and obviously loves what he does there, I would kill for that kind of setup to work witth.
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April 30, 2010 8:42:47 PM

schmich14GB It's in Raid5


14GB? That's... puny. Are you sure?
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April 30, 2010 9:01:01 PM

Man this guy is priceless for startup company or if you need some custom build equipment. He is real Craftsman! :)  I have done some similar work, but nothing at this scale!

The only problem ( or feature ) I see is the overall weight. Notice he made custom feet from aluminum sheet. The main case was made from steel. This will survive any earthquake if has an accelerometer to park the heads quickly.

For people referring about the "heat-problem" I think he has done his homework very well. He has selected WD Green drives. They don't produce as much heat as normal HDD. Second he left about 3mm between the drives. He had very good ventilation wholes on the bottom of the unit and very good flow path. The big steel case and thick hdd mouthing plates will provide additional cooling.

You need real passion to start and finish job like this one.
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April 30, 2010 9:03:57 PM

as an editor, he makes a great IT guy
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April 30, 2010 9:05:51 PM

I'm not sure if he has enough tools--clearly, he needs some more tools.
*sarcasm*

But in all reality, that guy has more tools than my local high school's shop classroom. Wonderful work he did there (nice video producing as well).
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April 30, 2010 9:36:34 PM

Um...Is it normal to see white spots after this video...Maybe I should have looked away when he was welding. :( 
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April 30, 2010 9:39:01 PM

You can tell he is working in an auto body shop, there are different cars in the background.

The only thing is, if a drive fails, sort of have to take the thing apart to replace the drive. Not an easy option.

Would like to have seen what the matrox front display is used for.
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April 30, 2010 10:05:14 PM

He could have just used two of those 4 HDD enclosures like thsi one here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He could even place them diagonally and use a bigger 120mm fan to blow the back of the drives for cooling purposes.

Nothing really innovative about it when you think about it...
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April 30, 2010 10:08:14 PM

hm....i wonder what the melting temperature of HDD's is
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April 30, 2010 10:31:05 PM

Yeah i saw this build on a forum and thought it was amazing, and yes the guy said it has redundancy so it would be less than 16tb.
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April 30, 2010 10:38:57 PM

dman3kWow. I wished I had the engineering know-how for doing this.

and the tools... both would cost $1000s to learn, and get
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April 30, 2010 10:48:21 PM

Looks very professional and cool. Was the end of part II the same case? Cause it looks black or was it painted? And why were there different hard drives from the end of Part II and the hdds from part I?
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April 30, 2010 10:50:27 PM

Oh yeah, the tools are also extensive to their use! The whole warehouse had so much equipment!
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April 30, 2010 11:34:56 PM

^^^ What dj1001 said..
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April 30, 2010 11:40:19 PM

This is great if the the apple police come kick my door they wont be smart enough to take it.
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April 30, 2010 11:40:50 PM

I admire the guys project skills in putting this together but OMG..!! No static handling precautions, welding right next to the drives, throwing grinding sparks/metal dust etc. directly on the HDD's etc. It's a wonder it ever got running in the first place. If you're going to do this sort of thing, do yourself a favor and DON'T ever treat your hardware like he did. Also, is it just me or is everything in that workshop brand new. I'm jealous, no doubt about it.
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April 30, 2010 11:52:31 PM

wow, did half of you guys not even watch the second video, the drives in the first one are old drives, the second video shows him getting the 8 new 2TB WD Green's, a laptop WD 320GB and an SSD
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April 30, 2010 11:56:40 PM

Zoemayne---that was stupid. Jokemeister---Those hard drives he's working with are just ones so he knows how big. Look at the 2nd video, it explains it. Duuuuh why would he have that kind of gear and not know what you obviously do know even tho you have an IQ of a Donkey.
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