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HP DC7600 Convertable Minitower


WallaceTech

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Guys.

 

I have managed to get my hands on two HP DC7600 Convertable Mini towers from work. I think both these boxes will be perfect for the storage server(s) i wish to build.

 

The motherboards have 4 SATA connections but the machine can take 6 drives.

 

What would be best here.

 

A) Port multiplier

 

B) 8 Port SATA RAID card?

 

Thanks in advance

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umm, you don't want a "raid card" or to use "raid" with unRAID.

 

if you are planning to put unRAID on these boxes, you would just use the standard 4 sata ports or an HBA card. I would first boot up the free unRAId on this box with a single drive and verify the hardware even works with unraid.

 

If you are trying to build an actual "raided NAS", you might looking to another OS, windows for example.

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err.. thats a port multiplier. you would need a sata controller that supports a port multiplier. I would stay away from those if you can.

 

this plus the 4 onboard ports would get you to 6 drives assuming you have a PCIe slot on that PC..

 

Again, I would make sure the hardware is compatible with unRAID before spending any money.

 

Also, just because you CAN shove 6 drives into a PC, does not mean you should.

hard drives need to be kept at a nice cool temperature to work. usually below 40c. closer to 30ish-c is better.

Hard drives also generate a lot of heat. shoving a lot of hard drives into a tight space without proper cooling will result in disaster.

usually OEM equipment is not well suited as-is for such projects without possibly minor modding.

 

you have not made it exactly clear what you goal is.

what is you want to do and build besides a "storage server from free parts"

 

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Thanks for the reply.

 

Ok just so i am looking at the right thing from the UK , is this the correct thing

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PCIE-SATA-II-CONTROLLER-CARD/dp/B002VAGSV2/ref=pd_cp_ce_1

 

Now for what i am looking to do.

 

I have one free PCI-E port in my machine. I am looking to create a massive amount of storage mainly for the following.

 

Pictures

 

Movies with a mix of MKV , AVI and VOB files

 

Music , all MP3

 

VMWare. I have a VMWare ESX 4.1 server and i would be looking to move my guests datastore off the local ESX server and on to the unRaid server.

 

Now i have two DC7600 servers the same and i am following the post about joining two servers together. Now my HP DC7600 will house 6 drives so was looking to add 6 drives to the server and then if needs be sorting out the cooling

 

Thanks in advance for your advice and help.

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