Multiple HDDs external enclosure

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    I wonder if there is such a thing multiple HDDs external enclosure. I would like to get a 2-3 cheap HDDs and put into one enclosure and use it either as one big HDD or multiple disks. I dont really want to go 1TB and pay over $900 for it.
     
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    Thanks for the link. They have some other stuff that looking quite good. I wonder if I can buy this stuff in AU... :Pirate:

    EDIT: Found the distributor in AU. WOW 960GB for around $450 :Pirate:
     
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    :eek: $377 they arent cheap
     
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    got a link please
     
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    3x400GB disks = 3x$200 (staticice.com.au)
    4 Bay Drive Drive Enclosure - eSATA, USIB = $322

    $922. I think its pretty dam close to your preferred $900 price. Give or take a couple extra peripherals you may or maynot need.

    You also have the option for another disk...
     
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    I'm pretty sure some newer motherboards come with external sata connectors. Woudln't be too hard to ghetto up an external HDD enclosure that thinks its "inside" the computer.

    And SATA is hot-swappable yeah?
     
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    Looks interesting. Perhaps looking for the 1-5 sata/IDE adapter persplex box with 120mm fans and some mesh in front. That sounds as a good idea.

    I wonder where I could get one
     
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    pccagear has some new ones for around $300
     
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    I think as for the double HDD they are a bit pricey. 4 HDD onec can be found for $377
     
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    I have found a good alternative HERE
    It has all mountings and cables unlike Addonics one and not too expensive too. So looking at 4x 320GB HDDs at $135 each plus 239 for enclosure thats a good deal for 1.28 TB of storage. I looked at 400GB HDDs but they are too expensive GB to $$ ratio.
     
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    I don't want to pee off the sponsors but HT has/had 250GB USB2 external drives at $199 .

    Alternatively, load up an PII/PIII and run it as a BBODs ;)
     
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    Ahh Already have bought 4 IDE HDDs and enclosure will be delivered today. The link you have provided looks interesting. Anyway i will check my stuff up. I will use it as a home movies/music storage so it might be more than enough. I will post back after I put it together.
     
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    Please do very interested in the unit
     
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    ... on the news page a couple o days ago

    http://www.dansdata.com/gz060.htm

    ... specifically the spin down issue... it's bitten me before :-(

    Next time I'm going mATX case + eSATA me thinks.... or a pure NAS, but that's a little overkill for home.

    Very interesting :) Thanks Chris!
     
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    ST6ESA looks like a great option for storage, but not for that much money on just an enclosure :(
     
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    I have the exact same device. I actually bought it from Alepine, in Sydney.

    It's made by CFI, and works a treat. It cost me $250 back in April.

    Recommended if you do decide to get one.

    Like you, I also stuck 4 x 320Gb HDDs in it. The best value HDDs at the moment.

    This is what I wrote back then:

    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=464093

    "OK, this is what I've just bought 2 weeks ago.

    http://www.alepine.com.au/home/product.jspx?id=1281

    It takes 4 x 3.5 inch HD drives. No limit on the size of the HD drive AFAIK.

    It can be set so that all 4 drives read as one volume, or as seperate drives.

    It can be set so that it turns on / off with your PC.

    It's USB plug & play. No set-up or software needed. This is the selling point for me, because I couldn't be bothered setting up a server, and this enclosure turns on & off instantly!

    It has a cool blue light on the fans at the rear, a nice touch I didn't expect.

    And it cost $250 incl GST. Ignore the web price, you can get it from the same people for $250."
     
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    Is there any mention in the manual about any power features like to turn the drives off when not in use ?
     
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    I'm already waiting for delivery. HDDs are ready to go in. Hope it will come today.
    As for power i believe you should be able to switch it off whenever you want. I will post back when I receive my unit.
     

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