Keith C. Perry on 11 Nov 2014 07:23:58 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Restructuring home network and building a storage server

A couple of weeks ago I spent time reacquainting myself with this mini-SAS stuff.  I've seem a couple of cards with 2 to 4 ports but nothing with the density of that HighPoint Rocket 750.  That puppy is over $1200 USD though (I checked on the UK vendor SCAN).

Its that eSATA or USB 3.0 port that is impossible to find.  I thought there was an offering from Areca or Avago on NewEgg but I don't see it now.  Highpoint has an 8 port card for $87 but no external connections for external access.  Maybe such a thing is a unicorn?

Hmmm, Rosewill has a 12 bay case for $229.

I don't see how you can do a high density build (over 4 drives) for under $500.

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From: "Rich Freeman" <>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:23:28 AM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Restructuring home network and building a storage server

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM, Keith C. Perry
<> wrote:

 What I haven't been able to find is a cheap multi-bay disk chassis for home
 use.  Athena power has a nice 12 bay rack mount unit but I don't want to put
 out $800+ for something like that.  Startech has an 8-bay tower with USB 3.0
 and eSata that appears to have an ATX ps.  At $314 that is getting closer to
 what I would pay.  There might even be a way to put an little ARM board in
 there and run it off the 5V rail.

Agree.  I was looking for something like this a while back and had
trouble finding anything.  Really what I'd like is just a smaller
version of one of these:

Most bays I've seen lack port-multipliers, so you end up needing a ton
of PCI cards to interface them with.  Right now I have 5 SATA ports
and an eSATA on my motherboard, and two PCI cards, and that is barely
enough to handle all the bays I have.  I also have all the hot-swap
headaches that came up earlier around needing to work around cabling.

If somebody had a decent tower that had two eSATA ports on the back
and a stack of maybe 8 drives with 4 per multiplier and a power cable
for $100-150 that would be wonderful.

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