Originally Posted by Xylon
I tought about that project but its just too complicated and expensive. I decided to go smaller and modular.
Your setup looks pretty good as well. I chose not to get the hot swappable drive bays, since I don't see a benefit for home usage. If I have to bring down the array because a drive failed, I'm ok with that. (But that's me. Doesn't mean everybody is the same). The rack cases are fairly cheap and they are solid. $80 ($45 + $35 shipping) shipped and if you buy in quantity, they give you a discount. I ordered 5 for $300.
I don't need all 5 right now, but the fact that they all look the same, and I'm fairly certain that down the road I WILL need them, sooner than later, it made sense to buy 5 now.
That saved me some money. I guess the cost of your swappable drive bays is my cost for the eSata port multipliers, although you'll probably need them if you go beyond 8 drives.
Which brings up a good question. How many drives do you intend to have? I see that you bought an 8 channel controller, but bought drive enclosures for 20 drives? How do you intend to connect 20 drives?