Originally Posted by Mfusick
Anyone ever stacked a second server case above an existing one and just ran SAS8087 cables to it ? Any reason that won't work ? .
People have been using HP SAS expanders and SAS8088 cables succesfully to do that.
I am far from having filled my Norco 4020 chassis (8 disks of a possible 20), but I thought about what then...
My Norco Linux file
server is usually off, and holds only the movies (the bulk of storage). I power it (remotely through WOL) only when we want to watch a movie, usually 2-3 times a week.
Files, music, photos and TV (I went OTA) are stored on a separate, always on, low power Win8 machine (<$25/yr electric bill), running JRiver media server. All the TVs in the house have SSD based HTPCs running JRiver Media Center.
I am doing "offline RAID-6" on the Linux server using SnapRaid. About once every second week I execute an array check operation in order to see if scrubbing is needed because of bit rot. A full check takes about 6 hours.
Using a SAS expander to an additional chassis would work, but would do nothing for the ever increasing time required for a check operation. For multiple reasons, I did not want real-time RAID.
Also, as I watch media from the JRiver library, I do not care whether the media comes from one drive, one 20-drive server or multiple servers as the library effectively hides this detail.
So for my usage case, a second server will be a much better option than a single 40-drive server...