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Out of HDD Bays - Adding Additional Drives? (JBOD)

St0ry 709 30 June 26, 2016 at 12:46 PM
Currently, I've used up all 8 of my case's HDD bays, but I'd like to add more drives to my system. I don't need any RAID, everything I have is replaceable so I'm just using DrivePool to pool my drives together.

What options do I have to attach additional drives to my setup? I'm assuming it would have to be some kind of external solution? I know things like Synology and QNAP exist but I'd rather not pay the price premium since I don't want RAID.

Would appreciate any ideas or suggestions

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5.25 -> 3.5 drive bay adapters come to mind, but at some point you may just want to get a server case or something depending on how many you really intend to use.. and also consider how many ports your motherboard has (yes, you can get expander cards.. but good ones are pricey)
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By getting a server case you mean just use one of those cases that have 16 or whatever HDD bays as a computer case?

I've been doing a bit of research and would something like this be recommended?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product
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How pretty do you want?
You can just use any old beat-up computer case and power supply for the drives. Put a card in your working computer and run data cables to the drives in the old case.
If you have several old cases and are energetic, you can take an angle grinder with a cutoff disc (my preference) or a hacksaw (or a Dremel grinder with a cutoff disk, but this will take forever) and cutout the drive bays and stuff them into one case.
WARNING! After cutting, sheet metal edges are RAZOR SHARP!
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Quote from St0ry View Post :
By getting a server case you mean just use one of those cases that have 16 or whatever HDD bays as a computer case?

I've been doing a bit of research and would something like this be recommended?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product
I was thinking something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811147164
but jopho is right, you could just use another case (or even a HDD rack from another case)
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Quote from jopho View Post :
How pretty do you want?
You can just use any old beat-up computer case and power supply for the drives. Put a card in your working computer and run data cables to the drives in the old case.
If you have several old cases and are energetic, you can take an angle grinder with a cutoff disc (my preference) or a hacksaw (or a Dremel grinder with a cutoff disk, but this will take forever) and cutout the drive bays and stuff them into one case.
WARNING! After cutting, sheet metal edges are RAZOR SHARP!
Sorry going to have to dumb it down slightly for me... Data cables = SATA cables and card = controller card?

I'm using a controller card right now but is there a way to run SATA cables from one case to another without leaving a side of both cases open?

Quote from slapshot136 View Post :
I was thinking something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811147164
but jopho is right, you could just use another case (or even a HDD rack from another case)
Thanks for the link, I can see myself using this as a last resort. I currently have a Fractal Design case and I like it because of it's silence so would prefer to stick with it if possible.
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I'm using a controller card right now but is there a way to run SATA cables from one case to another without leaving a side of both cases open?
depending on what case you have, some have grommets for external cables (intended for water cooling usually)



or you could just leave a PCI slot open on both cases and route them that way

either way you would likely want extra-long sata cables
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Sorry going to have to dumb it down slightly for me... Data cables = SATA cables and card = controller card?

I'm using a controller card right now but is there a way to run SATA cables from one case to another without leaving a side of both cases open?



Thanks for the link, I can see myself using this as a last resort. I currently have a Fractal Design case and I like it because of it's silence so would prefer to stick with it if possible.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...7224519434

THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE!
I have no idea if this card is any good.
I like slapshot136's idea of running the (long) SATA cables into the drive box through a card opening. You can have the two cases side-by-side and the SATA cables will come from the back of the PC and into the back of the drive box.
Again, be careful about sharp edges. If you look around you can probably find a card opening cover (is there a real name for these?) with some kind of grommet.
If you are desperate you can put duct tape over the edges (Gorilla makes some awesome duct tape).
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