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Toaster RAID Returns, Better Than Ever

Construction Challenges

Where To Do The Work?

The kitchen is the most appropriate place to do this kind of work. It is winter in California. The garage is cold and damp. The cat does not like it there. It is dusty and not safe for expensive electronic components. The kitchen serves no useful purpose in a geek’s life other than to host a refrigerator and to provide a repository for cat food. There are appliances there that never get used, such as the oven, stove, and dishwasher. The lighting is good and there are plenty of bench surfaces. If the kitchen had a bench-mounted vise, it would be complete and perfect.

There are many challenges associated with the custom build of any computer in a case that has very limited clearances and was not originally built to safely house fragile components. Building out the framework to support the motherboard, drives, and connections consists of fashioning a lot of custom brackets and making sure things fit properly. Repeated handling of the motherboard and drives is not safe.

Handling Fragile And Expensive Components

I built cardboard cutouts of the drives and the motherboard. This allowed building up the internal frames and repeatedly dropping in the mockups to test for fit, without having to worry about dropping things or scraping the underside of a PCB against metal brackets.

  • I thought the idea in fitting a NAS into a toaster is that you plugged the disks through the bread slots!
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  • NateDawg80126
    "Is that Patrick Swayze!?" -Moses as he looked across the Red Sea.
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  • boostercorp
    ytoledano3I thought the idea in fitting a NAS into a toaster is that you plugged the disks through the bread slots!yeah it would ve been nice if you could just shove in two hot plug & play drives in there.
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  • gives a whole new meaning to "hot swappable" ;)
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  • Astara
    boostercorpyeah it would ve been nice if you could just shove in two hot plug & play drives in there.Imagine a backup-product like the various 'one-touch' backup offerings -- but in this case, you just push a drive into the toaster slot -- it begins the backup process, when done, it can eject** the drive. That sounds very sweet.

    **-raise drive, not physically throw it out of the toaster! :-)
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  • Shadow703793
    Using the small 2.5" drives, there is easily room for eight to 12 drives.
    Then why not use some of the 640/750GB or 1.5/2TB drives?

    Any ways cool mod.
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  • ph3412b07
    ghetto-fab :D
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  • Here's a better one:
    http://www.embeddedarm.com/software/arm-netbsd-toaster.php
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  • arkadi
    Grate job, looks perfect mate.
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  • bustapr
    wouldve been cooler to put in a dvd drive in the bread slots.
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