Originally Posted by mo0sic
Think it would be possible to build a server that could operate safely in a 100+ degree environment. I'd like to build a 20 drive server solution and put it in my garage. Possible? There are days in the summer where it gets very hot where I live. It doesn't need to be fast, just reliable with no data loss.
Keeping the drives cool enough is going to be the problem, with 20 spindles active you have to consider how to get rid of all this waste heat.
Consumer desktop and most enterprise nearline drives are validated/tested to 60C ambient only (140F).
I suggest starting with a smaller array of 3-4 drives and see how hot it gets in the garage and how much effort it would be to cool it to below 60C