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Cases Which cases can hold 12 drives or more...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by flabbyboy, 24 Sep 2010.

  1. flabbyboy

    flabbyboy New Member

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    Hi there, can anyone recommend a case to house 12 or more drives? Currently have a Lian-Li V2000 that has seen better days.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rehk

    rehk New Member

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    the new fractal design XL has 11 3.5inch bays and 4 5.25inch bays. could consider it
     
  3. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    The Lian Li PC-A77F has 12 5.25" bays. With four 3 bay HDD cages you could fit up to 16 hard drives.

    Case: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=478&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61

    4 x 3.5" HD's in 3 x 5.25" bay caddy/cage with 120mm fan: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/produc...dex=279&cl_index=2&sc_index=5&ss_index=12&g=f

    4 x 3.5" in 3 x 5.25" bay adapter (no fan): http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/produc...dex=559&cl_index=2&sc_index=5&ss_index=12&g=f

    The adapters in the last link can fit 2 x 2.5" HD's at the same time as 4 HDD's which means you could have up to 16 x 3.5" drives as well as up to 8 x 2.5" drives at the same time.

    If you can't find any of the above in the country you live, try caseking.de - they have a huge selection of Lian Li cases & accessories and will ship to the almost any country. They also have a table of shipping charges on their website.
     
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  4. General_Confusion

    General_Confusion Now Where was I?

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  5. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    Budget?
     
  6. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN Well-Known Member

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    Lian Li PC-A77F with an extra drive bay.
     
  7. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Does it already come with 3 as standard? If so, cool!
     
  8. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN Well-Known Member

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    Yep!
     
  9. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Antec 1200 has 12 5,25" bays as well. Might be a bit cheaper than the Lian-Li..
     
  10. dangerman1337

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    If you aren't limited to much with money go with the A77F.
     
  11. flabbyboy

    flabbyboy New Member

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    Thanks for all your suggestions. The PC-A77F looks very tempting indeed. Housing 16 drives would be great. My current system consists of 12 drives as well as 2 optical drives. Will the PC-A77F really surpass this?

    How many 3.5 inch drives can be housed in the 3 drive bays that come as standard? Would I have to swap them out and replace them with the 4 x 3.5" in 3 x 5.25" bay adapters as suggested by Fingers66?

    Thanks for your time.
     
  12. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    The standard hard drive cages that come with the A77F holds 3 HDD's per cage which would mean a maximum of 12 HDD's in the 12 5.25" bays.

    To get 16 HDD's you would need to replace the originals with either of the ones in the other links I posted. It won't be cheap though. If cost is an issue, go for the Antec 1200 as posted by Jipa, you would still need similar bay adapters to get 4 HDD's into 3 x 5.25" bays.

    There are also cheapers adapters available than the Lian Li ones: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coolermaster-Full-Alloy-4-in-3-Devices-Module-Ideal-for-Most-cases. I have one of these myself but haven't fitted it yet. The front panel cover (with CoolerMaster logo) doesn't have to be used - you can use this internally as well and it comes with a fan.

    Another option is one of these: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Jou-Jye-ST-3051SS-525-(3-Bay)-Backplane-for-5x-35-SAS-SATA-HDD. This would allow you to fit 5 x 3.5" HDD's into 3 x 5.25" bays. In a 12 x 5.25" bay case (like the Lian Li A77-F or Antec 1200) you could fit 20 HDD's. There are also hot-swap versions available: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Icy-...sting-5-HDD-Drives-SATAII-Hotswap-Best-Seller or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Icy-Box-IB-555SK-for-5x-35-SATA-SAS-HDD-Backplane-into-3x-525-bays.

    One question: what add-on cards are you planning to use to connect all these drives to? Simple SATA HBA cards or will you be going down the RAID route?

    Edit: To see what the Icy Dock bay adapters look like in a case, here are some links:

    3 x Icy Dock 5 x 3.5" adapters in a Cooler Master Centurion 590

    3 x Icy Dock 5 x 3.5" adapters in a Lian Li PC-A17B

    These give you an idea of what kind of space they require internally.

    As an aside, the SATA HBA used by LimeTech looks good value, its' not a RAID card though: http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase20.9&prodID=B108112.
     
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  13. flabbyboy

    flabbyboy New Member

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    Thanks a lot for the all the additional info. I plan on adding a Highpoint RocketRAID 2722 8x to a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2 motherboard.
     
  14. ShakeyJake

    ShakeyJake My name is actually 'Jack'.

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    Isn't that an external RAID card for use with a DAS tower?
     
  15. flabbyboy

    flabbyboy New Member

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    Oops, I meant the Highpoint RocketRAID 2720(RR2720) 8 channel Internal PCI-e 2.0 x8 to SAS/SATA III RAID controller.
     

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