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Okay, this is for personal use, this'll be connected to my Server 2008 R2 box with iSCSI for Mass Storage and Backups.
I will be using the Lian Li PC-A77FB with 4 x CSE-M35T-1B giving me 20 Drives total.
Now I've just gotta find a motherboard and set of PCI-E SATA Controllers to run the system. Will likely be using FreeNAS or OpenFilier. I've had a look at Unraid but I simply can't get my head around the redundancy and technology aspects of it so will not be using it. RAID-Z on ZFS seams the most logical direction to go.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:06
Hmm, ZFS with that kind of storage you're going to need LOADS of ram or its going to be horrid. 32GB Would be best.
I'd really give unraid a go. You'll have to buy the pro licence for that many drives but well worth it.
The redundancy of unraid allows you to lose one drive - and keep going. Should you lose more than one drive, you only lose the data that is on those disks - your other data is perfectly accessible.
If you want ISCSI with that many drives maybe consider Raid10 and then openfiler for the ISCSI part. Depends what you want from the system, I guess.
hilarious - perhaps if the dude has $100k
Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:24
Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:28
I built the same thing you are doing a few years ago. I chose the Coolermaster Centurion 590. Then I stuck inside of it three of the 5x3.5" to 3x5.25" adapters.
Here is a picture from my build illustrating how it went together: http://i.imgur.com/6bjPI.jpg
And here is what it looked like inside giving you an idea of clearance to the motherboard: http://i.imgur.com/EaEGm.jpg
Now in that picture you can see I used a mATX motherboard. I later swapped that with a Gigabyte UD5 which is a full sized ATX board and it still fit perfectly fine. The great thing about this case is that it retails for £50 (or atleast did when I got it) and if you're considering adapter backplanes you know they are not cheap. Around £80-£100 each so getting a cheap case can take some of the bite out of it.