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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:33 am 
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I'm planning a new Nas-box. I want a lot of drives, but I also want to keep the physical size down. Does anyone know about a disk-box with power(maybe external) and space for a mini-mainboard and raid-pci cards? And inexpensive...


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:29 pm 
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I want everything for nothing. :D

That is a tall order there you put up. How many disks i a lot? What are the space constraints? What is your budget for this build?

Mike


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:01 am 
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In my opinion....10 disks is "a lot" :)
And deep in my mind I see a cabinet the width and depth of a disk, tall enough for "a lot" of disks, with a mini mainboard. I would not need audio outputs or other stuff.
In short, a NAS-box dedicatet for this one purpose:storage.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:55 am 
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There are motherboards that are about the size of a CDROM drive in footprint, weather or not they will work with NL is up in the air and anybodies guess.

As to the case that is able to not only hold 10 drives and the mini-ITX form factor MB, I don't recall ever seeing that. If you want to get allot of drives in a small footprint you may end up going down the route of SAN storage hardware. There are solutions out there that take either SAS or SATA drives and some even have hardware RAID controllers built in and present the drives as one large volume or volumes via the interface which may be SAS/SATA, SCSI, FC-AL, or even iSCSI. The down side is that they are generally not cheap on the front of it.

To get you started you can look here: http://www.mini-box.com/site/index.html Their prices are out of line but they show a good depth of product and will help you with the basics of the hardware needed to fit yourself a compact NAS solution. As to a case, that is likely going to be some sort of custom fabrication.

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