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[ale] what to do with dozens of 40GB IDE drives?

Just leave them in the boxes and use them as near line storage for
redundant (encrypted?) backups.
Backplanes/controllers/trays/power supplies are to expensive to waste on
40GB IDE drives.


On Tue, 2005-08-02 at 20:42, Christopher Bergeron wrote:
> Hey guys -
> I just took ownership of 25 (to 50) brand new 40 GB Hard Disk drives, 
> and I have no clue what to do with them.  I run an LTSP shop ( ltsp 
> rocks! ), so my machines don't need HD's.  I optimized the hell out of 
> them as much as I can (they're running dnetc/seti clients, etc).  I just 
> realized that I have dozens of 40GB drives that aren't even being 
> powered up, and I'm trying to figure out how to put them to good use.  
> I'd like to create a fileserver array, but I'm not sure where to begin.  
> I've looked at NFS, but the LTSP clients network boot over NFS, so I 
> don't want to over complicate the network by having the clients act as 
> NFS servers too.
> Does anyone know of any hardware that I can plug 'lots' of IDE drives 
> into?  I've looked at SAN / Disk Array solutions but they all seem to 
> ship WITH drives.  I'd love to find a 12 or 15 disk case and backplane 
> that I can populate with my own IDE drives.  Does such a beast exist?
> Also, before/if it's suggested, I've already designated several of these 
> drives for charity.
> Your guys' thoughts?   What would you do with 40 40GB IDE drives?
> Thanks again,
> CB
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