Well, for a while my NAS has been getting long in the tooth.. for about 2 years now it's been a large array of 40GB drives with many hot spares, plus 2 very large drives to mirror those I took this weekend to do some upgrading of it. IT was formerly as follows: 2 x 250GB SATA in RAID1 for CD Images and movies 2 x 40GB IDE for booting 8 x 40GB in RAID6 with 4 hot spares for the data array 3 x Promise UX133 IDE controllers For various reasons I didn't like this. The 40GB OS drives were dodgy and slow, the 40GB drives are getting old, the majority of drives were SHARING channels which is a no no, and I didn't have enough space. Sorry, 240GB plus 250GB mirror don't cut it. I spent this weekend doing the following upgrades: 1) Adding Adaptec 29160 SCSI Controller 2) Adding 2 x 10,000RPM SCSI CHEETAHS 3) Replacing all 40GB IDE with all 80GB IDE! 4) Destroying by fire and hammer the old 20GB boot 5) Added a 4th UX133 IDE Controller So now I'm left with a system that does: * Gentoo Linux * Gigabit LAN FTW * Boot off a mirrored 10,000RPM SCSI array * Has an 8 x 80GB IDE RAID6 array with 2 hot spares * Has a 2 x 250GB SATA RAID1 array * Drives do NOT share channels! Hooray! Leaving me with a 480GB very redundant array for my massive porn and data collection, and a 250GB array for CD Images and Movies Here are images: The drives removed from the NAS: (drives on the far right were not in the NAS) The new NAS!: oh man i'm in love yes I know the cables are a disaster, but I go for function. I have more rounded cables on order to clean it up a bit.