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I have outgrown my Omaura HTPC case. I guess I knew this was going to happen. Right now I have 5 HDD, with one hanging out outside on an eSATA cable. I have already overflowed . . .



Now I am looking for a 4U or 5U Rackmount server case with 16 or more hot-swap 3.5" HDD bays, one full-size CD-ROM bay, and one 3.5" external bay (card reader, IR, etc). Essentially, I want to put my HTPC in a server case. If at all possible, I would like to keep the length to 22" or so rather than the usual 26", but I suppose this is negotiable.


I have a video card constraint in that the right-most PCIe-X16 slot (viewed from the front) contains a 10.5" double-width 9800GX2 video card, and hangs over the motherboard by an inch or so. It seems good video cards are always oversize, so I must allow for this possibility.


I am not interested in redundant power supplies, or even having a PS included with the case. ATX motherboard form factor would be perfect. Price under $500 would be great.


I have looked at the ever-popular Norco-4020, but it does not meet my full-size optical drive and external 3.5" bay requirement. If I include enough requirements, I'll never find a case!
 

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You'll have a hard time find a 16+ drive case that has a full size optical drive. It just doesn't fit right.


I think you will not want to put your htpc in such a case. That many drives will take a lot of air to cool and make a lot of noise.
 

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You'll have a hard time find a 16+ drive case that has a full size optical drive. It just doesn't fit right.


I think you will not want to put your htpc in such a case. That many drives will take a lot of air to cool and make a lot of noise.

I can remote-locate the HTPC. I don't have 16 drives today, either. Just need room to grow. The full-size optical is tough.
 

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You could shop at http://www.servercase.com and see what you can come up with.


--Don

Thanks, I looked there. It is hard to find a full-size optical drive in a server case with hot-swap HDDs.
 

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Break it out. Use a 1U chassis to hold the full size optical drive. Extend a molex and SATA from the main chassis and wire up the drive in the 1U chassis, and you'll be good to go. If your optical is IDE, you may be SOL, because of the length restrictions.


With 16 hot swap bays, I doubt you'll find a case that supports a full height optical drive. The manufacturers just don't design em that way.
 

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Originally Posted by lifespeed /forum/post/15591861


Thanks, I looked there. It is hard to find a full-size optical drive in a server case with hot-swap HDDs.

Hmmm... This is my case (for a Windows Home Server)...


http://www.servercase.com/miva/miva?...egory_Code=4UE


If you put in two of these...

http://www.servercase.com/miva/miva?...ode=SATA%2FSAS

And one of these...

http://www.servercase.com/miva/miva?...ode=SATA%2FSAS

And put in a single optical drive, that gives you one optical plus 11x 3.5" hard drives.


--Don
 

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Good suggestions, all. Using the 5.25" to 3.5" hot swap adapters had occured to me, although I may be forced into the 1u for BD drive. My replacement Seagate 1 TB enterprise drive came in, so I'll have to do this soon.


Now where is the FW for Seagate's latest bug-fix ?
 
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