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February 4, 2007 10:53:23 AM

Hi!

I seek tips on how to expand my storage. I've currently pretty much maxed out my tower with eight internal drives (3 IDE, 5 SATA) as well as three external USB drives. Total: 2.7 TB.

I doubt I have the power (500W) (nor space for that matter) for any more internal drives and the USB/firewire solution seems a bit crappy to go further with.

I've looked at products such as the SOHOTANK from Raidon which supports 5 SATAII drives on a single eSata connector and has its own power. But DANG the case/chassi alone is expensive. 700 bucks for the 5-drive version and 5 hotswap trays. Add 200 bucks per drive * 5 and we're looking at $1,700 to add 2.5TB of storage.

Are there other/better solutions?

Would really appreciate input.

(The system is for home use - I just like storing movies, music and what not)

Best regards

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February 8, 2007 7:08:37 AM

February 8, 2007 7:51:08 AM

you can always make your own... Really cheap if you have a lot of spare parts laying around, just throw a last generation pc together(crappy p4 or something), chuck a raid card in and start plugging the drives in.
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February 8, 2007 1:46:57 PM

You can build a fairly highend computer for $1700.

5 500GB drives $750.
motherboard with video & network $100
2GB memory $200
Athlon64 X2 CPU $200
Windos XP $100

Spare parts for the rest.
February 8, 2007 4:28:01 PM

One thought is that you could buy larger Drives and replace you exisitng ones. You average about 340 GBs per your 8 dive setup. What if You sold your 8 and replaced them with a mix of 500, 750gb and 1 Tb drives?
February 8, 2007 7:26:46 PM

Thanks everyone for your input so far. Still looking for a way though to add more storage more directly (not on the network) to my main computer.

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You can build a fairly highend computer for $1700. ..... 5 500GB drives $750.


Thing is I already have a tower, two old laptops, a linux box as a router as well as a second (old) tower I'm building into a new router/fw box. I've thought about the option of another computer on the local network but I'd really like all the devices on my main (newest) computer that already has all the other drives

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One thought is that you could buy larger Drives and replace you exisitng ones. You average about 340 GBs per your 8 dive setup. What if You sold your 8 and replaced them with a mix of 500, 750gb and 1 Tb drives?


Expensive I think.. I have drives in sizes 80, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400 and 500. Where would I draw the line. Scrapping the 80-250 ones (five drives) seems a bit wasteful - plus two of those are external (the 80 and 250).

Best regs
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