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--- Christopher Bergeron &lt;christopher at bergeron.com&gt;

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