[mythtv-users] esata drives - experience?
k at adamski.org
Tue Apr 8 16:31:03 UTC 2008
On Tue, 2008-08-04 at 10:44 -0500, Kevin Kuphal wrote:
> 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
> 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.
For lower overhead you can use AoE instead of iSCSI if both machines are
on the same LAN.
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