It has been suggested to share my build and experience with this forum.
I’ve taken some old hardware and repurposed it for a new lease on life.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz
- 2GB DDR2 RAM
- NVIDIA Quadro NVS290^
- Intel 3.5" 6-bay hot swap SATA server cage (system pull)
- 6x Seagate Constellation ES.2 3TB SATA
- USB 16GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0
- eSATA to SATA Adaptor and eSATA Cable
^ I don’t have the cable for this graphics card to connect it to a regular moinitor, so for Installation I used: ATI FireGL V3800
- I wanted all 6 SATA Drives/bays to be used for Storage only (no OS installation)
- I wanted to minimise the Power consumption
- I did not want to buy new parts for this build.
- 5 Internal SATA Ports
- On-board RAID controller can not support Greater than 2TB Drives.
- On-board has maximum USB 2.0 (480Mbit/s) controllers
First I wanted to check that it would all work before making case mods.
I used a USB Drive as the Operating system Drive. The USB drive was USB3 and the performance was above USB2.0 limitations, hence I thought it was a good fit.
My first stumbling block that I can across was the on-board LAN drivers. The installation ISO V3.9.1 did not have the drivers. However I wanted to get this box online so that I can update the installation packages and I tried the USB-LAN adaptor I had. This worked and once I had updated, the on-board LAN worked, hence good to go.
I took all the external walls off the case and removed all internal Bays by drilling out the mounting holes. I also had to Grind away some of the front case to fit the drive bay in. The next issue was to padd the gap from the bottom of the cage, so the drives will sit as high as possible. I used a old hard drive as it was the right height difference.
The Back of Drive cage had some plastic padding to hold a fan that interfeared with RAM, so I cut away a small corder to resolve this.
For the 6th Drive, I needed to make use of an eSATA port external to the case, Hence I had an adaptor that I had left over from a purchase that I made because I wanted the powered eSATA cable that came with it for a laptop.
It was similar to this image but only one port and had a SATA power connector.
This is the Final Product;
I’ve Configured the 6x3TB Hard Drives as RAID 10 in Rockstor.