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death_hawk January 30, 2009 04:13 AM

Phase 1, Project 2 Begins...
This is named Project 2 because a long time ago, I purchased an Areca 1280-ML RAID card with 8x 500GB WD REs. I since abandoned expanding the project pending a case to house this trainwreck. It's currently housed in an Antec 900 with a couple of Startech removable bays.

Since then Cptn Vortex has introduced me to the Supermicro SC846 series case.
Words cannot describe the level of AWESOME!, so here's a link:
Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Chassis | 4U | SC846E1-R900B

Here's my plans:

Phase 1 parts:
-3Ware 9690SA-4I
-SC846E1 Chassis
-24x 1TB WD Blacks (I'm too cheap for REs, since they're WELL over $200 per)
Total parts so far: Chassis is here. RAID is here, 2x 1TB Blacks are here.
Total space: 24TB in RAID6 with (w/ Hot Spare). Estimated 15-18TB usable.

Phase 2:
-Areca 1280ML (check)
-8/24 WD 500GB RE
-SC846TQ (lack of backplane since my RAID card has breakout cables)
Total parts: RAID (check), 8/24 drives, No Chassis
Total Space: 12TB in RAID6 (w/ Hot Spare) with 7-9TB usable. This is a separate unit from the rest of the phases. It's pretty much just meant to recycle existing parts to give them the life they should have had.

Phase 3:
-24x Best price per GB flavor of the month drives
-Cables to join to Phase 1
Parts so far: None
Estimated Space: 18TB from Phase 1 + 43TB usable (assuming 2TB per) = 61TB

Phases 4 and 5 are to be determined.
At this point, it might be more feasible to invest in newer technologies. If it's still viable to support SATA/SAS, Phase 4 and 5 will continue to do so.

Let the "WTF are you doing with 61TB" and :shok: begin!

EDIT: Obviously there will be pics.
This thread might take a while. 24x 1TB Blacks aren't cheap. Plus I already have 14x 500GB WD SEs and 10x Sammy 1TBs to sell.

Once I sell those, drives will start appearing quick.

Phobia January 30, 2009 04:02 PM

In all seriousness, what are you doing that needs that much storage? or do you just have a really, really, really, really big amount of porn?

donimo January 30, 2009 04:08 PM

I actually think that would be ALL the porn...

Cptn Vortex January 30, 2009 04:14 PM

I still want one...... but need a rack first....

SiDiX007 January 30, 2009 05:05 PM

Holy Storage Batman!!! Thats alot of HDD's =)

SKYMTL January 30, 2009 05:06 PM

I think I will echo the one thing which still goes unanswered: WHY?

matsta31 January 30, 2009 05:10 PM


and yea, I got to ask : why ?

death_hawk January 30, 2009 05:24 PM

I have about 15TB used right now, and I need to expand.

Hell, my primary file server (2.6TB) is FULL.
In fact, it's so full it's been overflowing onto single drives to make room.

I've needed this upgrade for a LONG time.

Oh and it's not all pr0n. Only about 3TB is. :haha:

SKYMTL January 30, 2009 05:33 PM

Ok.....but what kind of files? I mean seriously, do you provide hosting services?

Cptn Vortex January 30, 2009 05:38 PM

IIRC I think D_H backs up the Internets.

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