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Old February 16, 2011, 10:30 PM
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I'm trying to find the biggest case that will work for the most hard drives using this menthology, the 3.5" bays are good to have there the best slots to have, but then again I need 5.25" slots cause I can convert 3 5.25" bays into 5 3.5" by using this,
Newegg.ca - SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5" HDD in 3 x 5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage

So If you guys can help me find the case I will be able to stuff the most drives into for a file server I know the Fractal Design XL can stuff 16 drives in there with two 5.25" to three 3.5" converters such as,
NCIX.com - Buy Vantec HDC-800A Drive Bay Converter 2X5.25 to 3X3.5 With 80MM Cooling Fan - HDC-800a In Canada.

Right now I'm looking at the antec twelve hundred and I would be able to stuff 20 drives in it using the first converter.
NCIX.com - Buy Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 Full Tower Gamer Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA - TWELVE HUNDRED In Canada.

So do you guys have any better case ideas out there? Thanks :D
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Old February 17, 2011, 02:28 PM
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I dunno where the other thread is.. but i'll answer this one (and probably find the other one in a minute)

Fractal Designs XL. Standard 10x 3.5" drives + 4x 5.25" bays. I normally go with the Coolermaster 4-in-3 drive bay.. it has a standard 120mm fan, rubber noise suppressors, and is fairly cheap (about $22)

I'm guessing you asked this on NCIX too - where I answered the same thing.. as you were asking about onboard RAID + separate hardware raid card.
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this coud help Backplane 5.25" (x3)/2.5" (x4) RC3400101A

also 3 drives by 2 x 5.25"
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this coud help Backplane 5.25" (x3)/2.5" (x4) RC3400101A

also 3 drives by 2 x 5.25"
I think I'm going to go with the antec twelve hundred and four of these,
Newegg.ca - SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5" HDD in 3 x 5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage
It's gonna be costly but oh well :-/
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Old February 19, 2011, 06:32 PM
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We use a 1200 for harddrive image cloning at work, it works plenty well thanks to its full frontal face expansion capabilities ;)
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this.

Newegg.ca - NORCO RPC-4020 4U Rackmount Server Chassis w/ 20 Hot-swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays - Server Chassis
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Not exactly conventional but you really can't beat the price for that many hot swap bays.
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Not exactly conventional but you really can't beat the price for that many hot swap bays.
How exactly could I hook up the sata ports to the bays? Is there a small spot on the back of each of those bays for me to connect it or what?...I'm just hoping this
Newegg.ca - SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5" HDD in 3 x 5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage
Fits into a antec twelve hundred smoothly, I might also be looking into this babe,
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Old February 19, 2011, 10:31 PM
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You can see the SATA port and the power connector here. there is a different card for each 2 SATA which reduce the failure rate of some 4 or 6 port hot swap card.

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