Originally Posted by Mohuska
So....How do I build a 16 HDD system? I sort of understand using the rocket 2340 SATA card. But what type of a MB do I need? How much ram? What OS will allow me to address more than 2 TB (I understand that the 2005 XP MCE will only address a max of 2 TB.....is this correct?)
How do I connect the Direct attached storage to my HTPC? Do I need an external SATA II card (all of my internal SATA's are currently used)? Can I then just connect the HTPC and the SATA Array with a SATA cable (8740??)
Finally, do I need to upgrade the 2005 MCE on my new HTPC to address more than 2 TB?
I hope I haven't asked too many questions....but I've got to get this figured out and this seems to be the best place to do that.....
Thanks for the help
You already have a good mb and enough RAM. What you need are:
- 16-port SATA RAID controller card. E.g., HighPoint RocketRAID 2340, PROMISE SuperTrack EX16350 (HW XOR and RAID 6). Insert the card to the second PCIe x16 slot of the Maximus Formula board.
- Internal SATA to External Multilane Dual Port PCI Bracket
- HighPoint IB-1M InfiniBand SFF-8470 to InfiniBand SFF-8470 1 meter cable x 4. 2m, 3m, 5m cables are also available here
- External SATA enclosures with SFF-8470 ports for 16 HDDs. For example, you can use four Addonics MST4ML-B
Mini Storage Towers. You can also find several enclosures here
- Windows Vista, Home Premium or Ultimate, perhaps 64-bit edition.
Remember that RAID is not backup. You may lose all the data instantly. Yeah, you have original discs, but considering the amount of time to rip and convert a disc to ISO (I guess it takes more than 4 hours), you may want to keep it simple stupid (KISS). I mean you just keep 20 images in each 1TB drive and that's it (no RAID). You can use the above configuration for non-RAID, but there is a cheaper way. What you need are:
- 4-port eSATA controller card supporting port multiplier. E.g., Addonics ADSA3GPX8-4E (PCIe x8, SiI3124), HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 (PCIe x4, 88SX7042), NORCO NORCO-4629 (PCIe x4/x8, SiI3124). That costs less than $200.
- External port multiplier enclosures for 16 HDDs. E.g., Addonics MST5X1PM-B
mini storage tower x 4. Norco also have a 12 HDD port multiplier enclosure.
An alternative is
- AMS DS-2350S eSATA 5 bay SATA Enclosure
(equipped with SiI4726
SATA to 5-Port SATA Device SteelVine Storage Processor) x 4 (20 HDDs). Each box comes with a SiI3132-based 2-port eSATA PCIe x1 host controller. Insert two of the cards to the two PCIe x1 slots of the mb and connect the four enclosures to the four eSATA ports. You can't use ICH9R's SATA ports because of a compatibility problem.
The last configuration may be the cheapest and simplest.