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Science fair raid enclosure/drive question

  • NAS / RAID
  • Enclosure
  • Storage
Last response: in Storage
December 5, 2012 2:05:45 PM

My 16 y/o son wants to do a science fair project dealing with arrays on a 6 to 8 raid drive system. Since he is not building a server for extended use he doesn't need large capacity or a high end system. Any ideas on a low cost enclosure, system & set of drives for him to use? Is there such a thing as renting a server or loaning for a few months? I lost my job so cannot afford much but do not want to squelch his talent. He has won several CS competitions in the past & I know he is worth the investment but am looking for options. Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.

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a c 119 G Storage
December 5, 2012 3:26:22 PM

Unfortunatly any of those suggestions will end up costing money. There are drive enclosures that you can buy that will hold a number of drives , but the more the number of drives the higher the cost. The same goes for renting a server and I don't know where you can get a loaner server. Do you have a budget amount that your working with ?
a c 87 G Storage
December 5, 2012 4:01:05 PM

Cheapest solution might be to find a SMB-IT-service company near you and ask them to sponsor this. They should be able to grab an old server (like an HP DL380) and stuff it with used disks.