5xHDD's into 3x5.25" bays converter

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Im looking for cheap solution, to accommodate 5 hdds into 3 bays.. I've seen this in 'show off thread', but can't find a single place that would sell this in europe. anyone know where to get hold of them?
 

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thanks for the link, but would really prefer 5 in 3 option.. like this one;

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most of the 5 in 3 are hotswap which aren't cheap, but I remember seeing some that weren't hotswap, just real basic for like $20, can't remember where
 

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yea, i have myself two hot swap versions in lian li 343 cube, but im planning to ditch those and go for 6× basic ones, since i dont use hot swapping + the hot swapping have bad cooling.. if anyone spots one of those basic vertical disc mounting cages, please let me know..
 

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yea, already looked into Lian Li EX-34N, but if only would be in 5 in 3 form.. I dont want to loose 6 drives with 4 in 3 bays, as i have 36 sata ports avaliable, so i want to have 30 drives in 5,25'' slots + 6 at the back with lian li 120mm cages - thats max for pc343..
Guess I need to make custom design and then get someone to make it up for me.

The picture i've attached above states that this bays are; 3x 5.25" bay --> 5x 3.5" bay adapters (from California PC systems)

i've checked the californiapc site, but cant find them.. would need some pictures, to see how it looks likes
 

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I swear I saw one before but can't find it now
why not get that norco case? it has hot swap built in, would be cheaper and a lot easier if you need to replace a drive
 

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how do u mean cheaper? and wichi norco case ar u talking about?
i already have the pc343 case, i just want cheap solution to put in 30 drives infront in 5.25 bays.. im not interested into hotswap, as this is my HD content streaming server, and i have my drives on all the time..
 

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i've checked the californiapc site, but cant find them.. would need some pictures, to see how it looks likes

Just check Ockie's Galaxy 2.0 build here (The very same CalPC units):
http://www.networkisdown.com/showthread.php?t=276&page=2

But here's an important bit of info about those CalPC 5in3 units:
Now, one last piece to the puzzel.... drive mounting units. I called CalPC and it turns out that they have increased their prices for the drive mounting units I originally bought for $30 or so a pop, they now want $50 a pop + shipping.?

So six of those would total up to $300, the same cost as the Norco RPC-4020 case.

However there is another alternative if you're that dead set against hot-swap:
3-to-5 Mounting bracket - $29

Very bare, more than likely have to rig up a fan in front of the cage. Though $29 is a bit too much though...

Quick question, how do you have 36 SATA ports available?
 

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Just check Ockie's Galaxy 2.0 build here (The very same CalPC units):
http://www.networkisdown.com/showthread.php?t=276&page=2

But here's an important bit of info about those CalPC 5in3 units:


So six of those would total up to $300, the same cost as the Norco RPC-4020 case.

However there is another alternative if you're that dead set against hot-swap:
3-to-5 Mounting bracket - $29

Very bare, more than likely have to rig up a fan in front of the cage. Though $29 is a bit too much though...

Quick question, how do you have 36 SATA ports available?

hey, thanks for the links! i have already found a company here that can make u everything out of aluminum, so im going to drawing board, and will make 5in3 bays..

ports are;
Asus P5BV/SAS (12ports)
2× AOC SAT2-mv8 (16ports)
1× Adaptec RAID 3805 (8ports)
 

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hey, thanks for the links! i have already found a company here that can make u everything out of aluminum, so im going to drawing board, and will make 5in3 bays..

ports are;
Asus P5BV/SAS (12ports)
2× AOC SAT2-mv8 (16ports)
1× Adaptec RAID 3805 (8ports)
you should really consider that Norco case
would probably be cheaper and MUCH easier, especially if you ever lose a drive and have to replace
 

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thanks for suggestion, but first of all, im from europe and there is no single 'online' store to sell this, second I can't see the benefit of this case over mine pc343 which can hold up to 36 drives vs 20 drives in norco case.. i have all the parts already, so im just after 6 cheap bay converters, like 10€ per piece = 60€ for my server to be finalized..

really appreciate ur helping with this tho..
 

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Hi guys, that's my server that was posted earlier, they're the same NON HOTSWAP bays that Ockie used in some of his older builds. They can be purchased from California PC (http://www.calpc.com/) but they are not listed on the website. Either call them up (1-800-394-4122) or send them an email (calpc at calpc.com) asking for the "Five in three drive bay coolers" - You can choose between black and white. They were $25 shipped from California to New Jersey for a single one. I've bought six of them over the years, just call them up.

Here's the system with four of these cages:
hddmv6.png


Still have three bays left :D

EDIT: Oh, if you want the machine to be quiet, make sure you ask to get your cages with no fans installed. The fans they provide are very high RPM server-grade fans that move a crazy amount of air, and are not quiet at all. I ordered mine fanless and dropped in some very quiet Enermax fans.
 

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I guess that is the real question here. I don't know. It seems Chenbro OEM's for everyone, but I don't see their stuff for sale in the US.
 

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I ran across these while looking for something else.

http://www.chenbro.com/corporatesite/products_detail.php?serno=83

have just placed an order for 6 of them.. was looking all over the net, mailed at least 15 stores/distributors.. its 21 EUR per unit, which is a bit over what I was looking at first, but still well worth it..

now i'm only missing 20 1TB or 1.5TB drives :), but i think will go with WD Green 1TB 5400rpm drives for my Blu-ray storage..

thanks Kil4Thril for spotting this out
 
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