I have 20 250gb internal hard drives. What can I do with them?

By ryanlds
Mar 17, 2008
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  1. What can I do with 20 250 gb internal hard drives? What would I need to buy to turn them into a server? Any other ideas besides ebay?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You can set them up for Raid, using all the Sata (assuming Sata HDD) connections onboard.
    But you will likely only use 4 Max

    The other 16, can be put into external cases (for USB)
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,607   +80

    Acutally could ditch the USB cases and get a 16 NAS kits and use them as Network Attached Storage which would have 10/100 or 10/100/100 NIC on it with Samba file management Admin GUI. Kits are $59 bucks on Amazon.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Hum.. USB would be just silly - imagine the mess of wires and your USB probably wouldn't be able to power it all.

    Since SAS supports SATA drives, you could get a SAS enclosure and a SAS controller card for some kickass hardware/software RAID.

    Or, a proper storage server (NAS). These can come with some 48 drive bays no problem.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    LOL...I have no idea why I said that USB thingo, I think I still had eBay in mind.
    Imagine 16 USB drives :) !!

    Obviously NAS is the way to go, although I can't exactly find a 16Bay (or near to) one ! They all seem to be around 5
  6. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    I was just looking at 250gb hard drives. mine is dying or thats what i think. ( waiting for answers to my thread).

    Maybe u could sell me one or something? that would be really nice even if u said u dont want to sell them.

    thanks
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    lol :) I'll have a look at your 2 new posts then.

    Also ryanlds said he doesn't want to sell on eBay (just yet)

    Don't reply here though.
  8. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459


    Hmmm, send them to me :p? I am always willing to accept ha rd drives!
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    sell them on ebay after wiping the drives clean.
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