really, really cheap case to hold drives

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  1. x509

    x509 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I'm looking for a really inexpensive case that can hold 6 or maybe even 8 3.5" drives.

    I have recently learned about Windows 10 Storage Spaces, and this could be a way for me to use a pile of old Hitachi 2 and 4 TB drives and make one "super drive." Any recommendations. I just learned that unlike motherboard based RAID, Windows Storage Spaces is portable to a new install.
     
  2. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

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    Honestly, I've had better luck with Stablebit Drivepool if that's what you're after. I've moved my same pooled drives between 3 different machines (almost 100TB) and never had an issue.
     
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    That actually looks really cool. I've never heard of it. Thanks.
     
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    I’ve had alot of success with unraid so far, depends on your usecase though.
     
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    +1 on the Stablebit Drivepool. I purchased the bundle and got it with Stablebit Scanner, which gives you notifications if certain parameters are met: SMART errors, overheating, capacity and many more. I had looked at unraid and freenas, but wanted to stay in the Windows environment, so I went with Stablebit Drivepool. I recently moved my mini server to a new case and just tossed the drives into it without paying attention to what SATA connection they were on, and after bootup everything was just the way I left it.

    Are you just looking for something to hold nothing but HDDs or are you looking to put an entire system in the case?

    If you want to do a whole system:
    Used cases in the buy sell section
    Fractal Define R4: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811352021
    Corsair 750D: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categ...ies™-750D-Full-Tower-ATX-Case/p/CC-9011035-WW

    Newegg search for 6,7 or 8 internal 3.5" drives sorted by price: https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007583 600030563 600030564 600030565&Order=PRICE
     
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    First question is, what do you consider inexpensive?
    The cheapest option if you're in a large'ish city, would be craigslist.
    Rarely does anyone want to try to ship old cases.

    I picked up a corsair 750d and a rosewill nighthawk 117 for $35 each in the austin area.
     
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    Sure. I'm not even a n00b in this area. All suggestions welcomed.
     
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    Just drives. Of course, I haven't yet figured how to connect to my actual system. Prolly some kind of NAS, or maybe a backplane extender.
     
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    Highly recommend getting something more enterprise grade, those cheap made ones often have pooly made backplanes that fail and take drives with them.
    I use the supermicro CSE-M35T-1B, they're $160 at newegg, but can be had for 1/3 that used on ebay or 2/3 of that on wholesale sites (though many of those are pretty shady).
    https://www.newegg.com/supermicro-cse-m35t-1b-mobile-rack/p/N82E16817121405
     
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