Originally Posted by Dreamliner
Where did you get the extra cages, how much were they and what RAID cards are you using?
I got the cages from Fractal Design, they have a spares shop, be careful their shipping is quite expensive and you have to pay it per order. I didn't know I needed to order the special drive screws separately, they don't come with the cages and trays, the screws were very cheap but the extra shipping wasn't.
If you look carefully you can work out which parts will fit in which chassis also the guys there are very helpful to sort out what to order.
A friend built something similar recently, he chose a Corsair Obsidian 750 and extrapolating from these pics
We decided it's possible to install bays for 18 drives, he was able to order the extra drive bays direct from the supplier Scan here in the UK and it all lines up the 3 x 3 bay front cages all screw together, the second row behind need a metal strip to secure them a little, meccano or similar.
The Corsair drive cages are better than the Fractal ones, both have shock mounting but the Fractal ones don't really have enough room for the taller WD Red 6,8&10TB Helium drives, the corsair ones are side mounted which gives better clearance.
I don't use a raid controller, just a HBA, the motherboard (SuperMicro X10SDV-4C-7TP4F) has an LSI 16 port HBA on board and I have a Silverstone ECS02 SAS/SATA 8 port controller too.
I'm using snapraid, much more suitable in my opinion for a media server than raid 6 or ZFS. Easy to mix drive sizes, formats and add remove drives more easily. While "raid is not a backup" snapraid is much more like a backup or sorts.
As this is hugely off topic for this thread:
Does anyone have a clever way to do macros with an X7000 and a Harmony Hub? I'm trying to select a specific mask for 2.35:1 when I call the lens memory. I don't like having Pseudo IMAX scene projected across the wall when I forget.
I asked the HDfury guys to tweak the Vertex masking to do this but they played the no ram left card.