[mythtv-users] esata drives - experience?
kkuphal at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 15:44:49 UTC 2008
On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 9:06 AM, Yan Seiner <yan at seiner.com> wrote:
> Anyone have experience with esata drives and port multipliers?
> I have a pile of 250 GB and 300 GB IDE drives, and I've been toying with
> the idea of converting them to SATA, then sticking them into an
> enclosure, and plugging the whole mess into an esata port on my server.
> Bingo, an extra 750 GB of storage (if I do RAID-5) or 1.1 TB if I do LVM.
> So far, I've found this:
> They all use the same SIL chipset for the multiplier.
> Then use one of these for each drive:
> The enclosure I have. So for something like $130, I can add about 1 TB
> to my system. Not a bad deal - if it works.
Seems like for $130 you might be able to get a decent case, motherboard/cpu
combo (doesn't need much) and a regular IDE PCI board and just build a
server. Then just iSCSI or NFS mount it back to your main system. I did
this recently with a stack of 5 160GB drives using a free after rebate case,
leftover boards and memory and buying a SATA/IDE PCI board. Ended up with
software RAID 5, about 600GB of iSCSI space that I mounted over to my Vista
box for photo storage.
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