My ITX Prodigy Server - Custom HDD Cage

Discussion in 'Modding' started by [pRe_ShRuNk], Feb 13, 2013.

  1. [pRe_ShRuNk]

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    Hey All,

    Mostly a lurker on these forums but thought I would give back for some that might be interested.

    My Bitfenix Prodigy was becoming physically full and I wanted more space for HDDs but had put the idea in the too hard basket until I saw this:

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    So I got to work. There was not enough room to mount the drives as pictured above as well as having a fan, it was too tight. The only option was to go vertical. Here was the end result.

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    I do have to change a few small things but its working well. I can easily fit 10x drives down the bottom and I have 2x drives in the ODD bay running a mirrored boot pool. The IDE drives are just place holders until I get my next 5 HDDs. Let me know what you all think :)
     
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    12 drives! Is that it, surely you could jamb some more in! I always thought If I got a prodigy I would get a\ pico-psu and mount some drives where the PSU would reside. Great use of space for the 10 drives.
     
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    PIC 2 & 3 looks like he mounted fans under the drives in the bottom
     
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    Yeah, only difference is that his isn't fucking ugly and with a massive rad hanging off the back of the case... Internal rads FTMFW!

    Great work OP... Love it! Just need to paint the metal black and it'll look schmick!
     
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    [pRe_ShRuNk]

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    @trash - Well I figured I'll fill the first 10 spots and then see if I need more from there. The next would be to remove the ODD bay, I reckon I could stuff a second lot of 10 in there. My next problem then would be getting enough sata ports haha.

    @BigDave - Yep as below there are two fans below the drives. Working alright so far but do need to do some minor tweaks.

    @5tumpy - True. Im waiting to take the server down and shift the whole cage about 5mm off to one side (The case side with the buttons wouldnt go back on! GRR). Ill paint it all up at the same time.

    Thanks fellas! Will update on the next change.
     
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    I didn't see them , pic didn't resize properly yesterday.

    Stumpy i'm not a fan of external rads normally either but after looking at the mock up with a 200mm and 120mm rads for several weeks i decided i was to cluttered and used the 240mm externally. Load temps are CPU 55* ( 4hrs of IBT on Max)

    Keep up the good work [pRe_ShRuNk] :cool:
     
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    what raid card are you running there :)
     
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    @BigDave - Cheers mate.

    @aza2001 - Its just a 2x port sata card mate. ZFSGuru does the rest :)
     
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    Very nice. :cool:

    Are the drives only screwed in from one side? And touching in the middle? That's a great design, providing it's stable. Vibrations cost drive performance.

    For more ports, a SAS card is the way to go. Bit more expensive than SATA cards, but so damn reliable, no driver problems, and mini-SAS cables are great for cable management.

    Might also be worth looking into punch-down SATA power connectors for even better cable management. Like this or this.
     
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    Correct mate, they are tight enough though that they don't move and no vibrations.

    Sorry that is what I meant, mini-sas > 4x sata. Ill worry about that down the track once I have the drives to populate the ports.

    Thats a spot on idea, thanks for the heads up. Pretty sure I found the next mod haha.
     
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    Might be worth seeing if you can fit a thin strip of rubber between the drives that are touching.
    Touching drives always worries me, can't end well.
     
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    Point taken. Ill see if I have room when I revise it soon :)
     
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    is mounting a hdd in that direction bad? esp it you tap move pc..head wise?
     
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    It used to be, way back. Don't know about vertical, but I've mounted drives on their sides with no obvious ill effects.
     
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    What are your drive temps like?

    I had a RAID PC a few years back with 4 drives sandwiched like that. Kept burning out drives until I moved them to a new case with gaps between the drives and fans blowing air across them.
     
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    Pretty decent I think..

    The top two have no fan and are stuffed into the ODD bay, ignore those.

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