I currently got a used IBM xseiers 346 server.
I want to add some more hard drives to this and put in a PCI hard drive controller.
The problem I'm having it there is no IDE power cables.
Also there is no room inside this server for IDE hard drives anyways.
Soo.. i took out a small rack from a old PC I have and put the hard drives in there. The SATA cables reach no problem from the PCI card to outside of the case however I still have no power.
I do have a USB hard drive hard drive enclosure. I have IDE power splittlers etc and was thinking of running 3 drives off this enclosures power. I did some checking, the enclosures power power supply is rated for 2000mA
Now i check the websites for my hard drives and they all say something like 300mA idle 450-500mA read/write
So if its just a matter of math. 3 drives and lets say there all reading at the same time thats 1500mA max rounding up still giving me some overhead.
Does anyone see a problem with this. I know its not what the Enclosure is for but I think it might work.
Any other ideas would be great. However my hydro bill is big how it is. I dont want to run a power supply from a old desktop just to power 3 hard drives.