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


I know several people who could use a couple drives in personal machines as 
they're hitting storage limitations. Another viable option may be to buy a 
bunch of external enclosures (
and sell them on eBay. With basic enclosures running <$40 incl s&h, you 
could sell them starting at $49.99 and probably sell a bunch of em.


On 8/2/05, Christopher Bergeron <christopher at bergeron.com> 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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