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I'm looking for either an 8-bay or 16-bay hard drive chassis.

It can be tower or rackmount, it doesn't matter.

I'm hoping to get one for around the $200 range if possible. If not, then the cheapest possible.

It doesn't have to have a backplane, although I am thinking/planning on using SATA drives.

Any suggestions/recommendations?

I do remember seeing like...full size towers (that's twice the width of a usual tower) that takes a lot of 3.5" x 1" drives.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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There is supermicro, who among other things do chassis:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/

We have some where I work and they are fine, they have lots of fans (noisy) and reduntant PSUs.

I do not know about their prices though...

I have also heard good things about the Coolermaster Stacker:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811119042

These are the only ones that I can remember at the moment, I will post again if I come up with anything else.

Regards,

George

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There is supermicro, who among other things do chassis:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/

We have some where I work and they are fine, they have lots of fans (noisy) and reduntant PSUs.

I do not know about their prices though...

I have also heard good things about the Coolermaster Stacker:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811119042

These are the only ones that I can remember at the moment, I will post again if I come up with anything else.

Regards,

George

Supermicro has what I'm looking for in terms of specs, but they're fairly pricy and the one that I did find that I like, I haven't been able to find a dealer for it yet (which also typically means that it will be pricy).

As for the other case, not enough drive bays.

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www.8anet.com has a decent selection of multibay chassis. I have had good experience with the chenbro line of cases. The cheapest rackmount 8 bay hot swap I see is around $400 without a PSU. They have a few non hot swap that may be close to what you want.

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No hot swap, just a chassis...

Grab the Coolermaster Stacker and buy the 4-in-3 drive bay adapters for 3.5" drives... or buy an Antec P180 and a 5-in-3 or 4-in-3 adapter to fit 12 or 11 drives...

Or... I mean... for 8 drives, fitting 8 in a consumer-grade tower, probably with one 5-in-3 (5 3.5" drives in three 5.25" bays adapter) isn't hard. 16 drives is a whole 'nother animal.

16 drives for $200... look at ATX "cubes" from Chenbro and Yeong Yang...

http://www.directron.com/yeongyang.html

http://coolcases.com/chenbro_s.html

Other than that it'll probably be more than $200, even if you omit hotswap and redundant PSU's from that cost...

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No hot swap, just a chassis...

Grab the Coolermaster Stacker and buy the 4-in-3 drive bay adapters for 3.5" drives... or buy an Antec P180 and a 5-in-3 or 4-in-3 adapter to fit 12 or 11 drives...

Or... I mean... for 8 drives, fitting 8 in a consumer-grade tower, probably with one 5-in-3 (5 3.5" drives in three 5.25" bays adapter) isn't hard. 16 drives is a whole 'nother animal.

16 drives for $200... look at ATX "cubes" from Chenbro and Yeong Yang...

http://www.directron.com/yeongyang.html

http://coolcases.com/chenbro_s.html

Other than that it'll probably be more than $200, even if you omit hotswap and redundant PSU's from that cost...

How much do the adapters typically go for?

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How much do the adapters typically go for?

The host swap 5-3 SATA bays I am aware of are in the range of $150 - $200 a piece.

When I looked at these there did not seem to be much cost savings from using

a case with integrated hot swap bays compared to a case plus hot swap adaptors.

You can get cases with enough fixed 3.5" bays but when you get to the 8-16 drive count

it starts to get a bit unwieldy to do maintanence.

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How much do the adapters typically go for?

The host swap 5-3 SATA bays I am aware of are in the range of $150 - $200 a piece.

When I looked at these there did not seem to be much cost savings from using

a case with integrated hot swap bays compared to a case plus hot swap adaptors.

You can get cases with enough fixed 3.5" bays but when you get to the 8-16 drive count

it starts to get a bit unwieldy to do maintanence.

See, that's what I'm wondering because say a case with 9 5.25" bays goes for $260. (as an example)

From www.8anet.com, a 16 bay 3U rackmount is around $800 (including the power supplies, and backplane).

By the time you add in the cost of the adapters, you're adding a minimum of $450 (for 15 drives) bring the total to 710 and upto $600, for a total of $860.

And that doesn't even include the power supplies or anything.

Are adapters between 8-16 drives really worth it vs. going to rackmount units, especially those that already have the power supplies and backplane?

Conversely, for 8 bays, that works out to be $600 for a 2U rackmount, and I would not even hazard to guess as to how much it would with cases that have the 5.25" bays + adapters.

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$1600 for 16 300GB SATA drives

$800 for a 16 port 3ware controller

$600 for the stuff to make the box into a basic server

you are already at $3000 before case and PSU

With that amount of cash invested into your machine having

a case which makes maintaining it easier might be a good idea.

Edited by kdkirmse

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A little bit of topic but just a warning about noise in these trays.

I bought a 3 SATA in 2 5.25" hot swap drive chassis:

http://www.chieftec.de/pdf/manual_SNT-2131SATA.pdf

The one I purchased didn't have the optional "J4 jumper" to allow low speed fan operation. On the bright side you can switch the drives on and off from the front of the unit and if all 3 drives are off the fan stops as well.

It sounds like a nVidia Dustbuster cooling solution. Which is completely unacceptable in my nice quiet Antec P180 Case powered by a Phantom 500 power supply.

I've now removed the supplied fan (unfortunately it had a non-STD connector on the plug) and replaced it with an 20mm Fan connected to a 5V line on the PC.

Zalman ZM-OP1 optional 80mm Fan + Fan Grill for Zalman ZM80C-HP

This means that the chassis now always shows a red error indicating fan failure but at least it's quiet. Before I never wanted to turn the drives on.

Just something else to consider.

Regards.

Edited by wmfoster

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$1600 for 16 300GB SATA drives

$800 for a 16 port 3ware controller

$600 for the stuff to make the box into a basic server

you are already at $3000 before case and PSU

With that amount of cash invested into your machine having

a case which makes maintaining it easier might be a good idea.

Using 8 250 GB Hitachi SATA drives, ($83 ea.), I already figure that pretty much regardless of solution, it'll be around $1000 for the entire system.

For 16, that would be $1328 for the drives.

For an Adaptec 21610SA ($638)

Haven't decided on what to do for the mobo and CPU, because I already have a Duron 1.8 GHz ready. I just need a Socket A motherboard (1P) that can take the 21610SA.

So that's around $2000-2100 without the case.

I think that I just realized how expensive it quickly gets if you want that amount of storage.

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