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PC Enthusiast Builds 70TB Loaded PC with 40 Fans

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Better too much storage space than not enough?

You might have a couple of terabyte drives at home to store all of the media you've accumulated over the years, but you probably don't know many people who have a home computer packing 70 terabytes of storage.

English Russia has a post up about a Russian PC enthusiast who decided to upgrade his storage so he would have room for all of his movies. He now has room for 70,000 movies (more if they're lower than DVD quality), or about 24 million songs. Of course, with that many hard drives in one place, you're going to need some serious cooling. Gizmodo reports that to cool the 60 hard drives (adding up to a massive 70TB of storage) housed inside a homemade wooden cabinet, this guy installed a total of 40 fans.

It's not conventionally pretty; there's no sleek case or LED lights, but man, it's kind of beautiful, right?

Check out English Russia for more images.

Source: English Russia via Gizmodo

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    bin1127 , October 22, 2010 2:01 AM
    I don't think a human lives long enough to watch 70 TB of movies.
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    jhansonxi , October 22, 2010 2:03 AM
    That's quite a warez server.
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    speedracer98 , October 22, 2010 2:18 AM
    This must be where they store the internet.
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    maddocc , October 22, 2010 1:59 AM
    its sexy
  • 40 Hide
    bin1127 , October 22, 2010 2:01 AM
    I don't think a human lives long enough to watch 70 TB of movies.
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    burnley14 , October 22, 2010 2:01 AM
    Cool I guess, but why?
  • 33 Hide
    jhansonxi , October 22, 2010 2:03 AM
    That's quite a warez server.
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    Sunburn74 , October 22, 2010 2:07 AM
    More interestingly, what are all those drives connected to? My mobo only has 6 sata ports and even if he's using multiple mobos, its amazing that he can make them all talk to each other.
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    gekko668 , October 22, 2010 2:09 AM
    Damn that's a lot of bootlegged movies. In your face MPAA!
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    im_thelumberjack , October 22, 2010 2:10 AM
    I wonder what kind of RAID he has them set up as.
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    mindless728 , October 22, 2010 2:14 AM
    Quote:
    More interestingly, what are all those drives connected to? My mobo only has 6 sata ports and even if he's using multiple mobos, its amazing that he can make them all talk to each other.


    3 24 port Sata raid cards could do this

    or one of these Adaptec RAID 52445 as it can hold 256 drives
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    dylansaliba , October 22, 2010 2:16 AM
    Wouldn't a few BIG fans move more air than all those little ones? Also, I'm pretty sure with netflix, I could fill that up in a year or two. Maybe less if its 1080p content.
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    speedracer98 , October 22, 2010 2:18 AM
    This must be where they store the internet.
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    mayne92 , October 22, 2010 2:20 AM
    Destroys my 10 Terabyte home server...lol
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    nforce4max , October 22, 2010 2:40 AM
    Looks at at first but when it comes to hard drives I have become some what an expert and mounting as he have done is a no no especially knowing that most drive manufacturers have skimped on quality. To be more specific the spindle motor. When mounted horizontally all the weight of the platters is evenly distributed on the bearings producing even wear that is predictable. How ever mounting as he have done shortens the life of drive spindle by mounting them vertically ware the weight is unevenly distributed on the bearings producing wear that causes bearings on one side to prematurely fail sooner than they would have normally and also it produces more noise as they age. Second it is no surprise why he/she needed all those fans as the cabinet isn't absorbing and dissipating the heat from the drives as a normal cabinet would.
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    dogman_1234 , October 22, 2010 2:42 AM
    I wounder if this is the same Russian with all those CPU?
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    dogman_1234 , October 22, 2010 2:45 AM
    Let us see:

    2 TB HDD=~150 USD
    70/2=45

    45x150= 6750 USD+9/fan=7110 USD
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    cronik93 , October 22, 2010 2:49 AM
    1.21 GIGA WATTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    pythy , October 22, 2010 2:57 AM
    I know what all of you are thinking........ that's a whole lot of p0rn!!
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    Ev1lryu , October 22, 2010 2:58 AM
    cronik931.21 GIGA WATTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT SCOTT :-O !
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    JOSHSKORN , October 22, 2010 3:04 AM
    Holy Guacamole, Batman!
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    molo9000 , October 22, 2010 3:06 AM
    Ev1lryuGREAT SCOTT :-O !


    This is heavy!
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2010 3:06 AM
    Fire hazard much? Guess not with all those fans...
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