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



Almost ditto for that.  Use them as local swap and /tmp (reiser4) on 
your LTSP clients.    Set them to spin down if they are not being used.

--Keith

Stephan Uphoff wrote:

>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.
>
>Stephan
>
>On Tue, 2005-08-02 at 20:42, Christopher Bergeron wrote:
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>
>>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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