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Old January 30, 2009, 03:13 AM
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Default 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:
-SC846E1
-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 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.

Last edited by death_hawk; March 13, 2009 at 10:49 PM. Reason: Updated Phase 1
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Old January 30, 2009, 03:02 PM
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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?
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Old January 30, 2009, 03:08 PM
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I actually think that would be ALL the porn...
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Old January 30, 2009, 03:14 PM
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I still want one...... but need a rack first....
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:05 PM
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Holy Storage Batman!!! Thats alot of HDD's =)
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:06 PM
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I think I will echo the one thing which still goes unanswered: WHY?
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:10 PM
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WOW !

and yea, I got to ask : why ?
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:24 PM
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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.
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Ok.....but what kind of files? I mean seriously, do you provide hosting services?
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Old January 30, 2009, 04:38 PM
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IIRC I think D_H backs up the Internets.
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Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
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