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gcndavidmn
April 10th, 2010, 06:24 PM
My dad is a photographer and pretty soon he will be approaching the 8TB mark and I think it's time he had a server for it. I've searched around and I thought I could build him one and put Ubuntu Server Edition on it.

I know this is going to be expensive as he is probably going to need to mirror the hard drives, so here is my plan:
A beast of a case
A mobo with many sata ports
Probably going to need some SATA controllers due to the number of drives
10 2TB drives (thats where its painfully expensive)
The rest of the parts.

I was thinking of sticking them in RAID 1 and running a server so that he can access it over the network.

Here is the question, is this a good idea? (BTW he would be paying for the parts) If so what parts should I be looking out for?

Sporkman
April 12th, 2010, 01:45 AM
You could always think about a dedicated NAS machine, but the most HD bays available I can see on newegg.com is 6...

Re photo serving software, might I suggest gallery2 - it's a commercial-grade package that's very powerful & feature rich, and is in the Ubuntu repos.

gcndavidmn
April 12th, 2010, 07:02 AM
Is there a way of converting DVD bays into 3.5" hard drive bays? If so then it would make this a hell of a lot easier.

pommie
April 12th, 2010, 07:11 AM
A drive bay adapter to enable 3.5"drives to use 5.25" bays, they come in all sorts of shapes, quality and price, do a 'Google' for "drive bay adapter" in your area.

Cheers David

gcndavidmn
April 12th, 2010, 07:49 AM
Brilliant. Thank you. It looks like I could do this.

1serveyou
April 12th, 2010, 01:34 PM
Brilliant. Thank you. It looks like I could do this.


Couldn't you just put an Sata controller in the current PC? Or Isn't there anyway to have an internal connection but have the wires go outside of the case?

jfmanamtr
April 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Well, if you have a few external bays, you could always do something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817332011&cm_re=drive_bay-_-17-332-011-_-Product

Or if you didn't mind having 2 parts to the photo server:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707156&cm_re=esata-_-17-707-156-_-Product

I have the AMS backplane in my server & have had no complaints. Hope that give you some other ideas.

~John

98cwitr
April 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
1. You need to build a NAS
There are rack mount chassis that will hold up to 32 drives and already have the controllers built in

http://www.aberdeeninc.com/abcatg/Chassis5U.htm

2. Buy 20 1TB drives...much cheaper

3. Go RAID 5 or 10...RAID 1 is going to be a waste of drives, money, and space

jm2c

4. The other option would be to build a SAN with multiple, less expensive machines...but in the end it would probably cost more. What kind of budget are we playing with?