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fivegrand
Nov 12, 2008, 07:00 AM
So without a long and boring story that no one cares about, I'll just say that I have two G5's, one is perfect and one is well and truly dead.

I'm scheming to convert the dead box into a disk server (essentially a RAID array but without the redundancy), and I'm curious about the attachment method.

I would really like to figure out how to attach via PCI cards, as in SCSI-SCSI or a SATA-SATA card (Neither Firewire nor USB are fast enough for what I have planned). But with the logic board being fried, I'm thinking that won't work unless there's an aftermarket bridge available that can be fitted to a PCI window.

The nuts and bolts and soldering stuff (power supply routing, volume pot for fan control, etc) isn't a problem, just trying to figure out an attaching bridge between the two boxes. Basically if I can figure out how to get from one box to the other, once I'm inside it's no problem.

Any thoughts?



IroquoisPliskin
Nov 12, 2008, 07:22 AM
Put some eSATA cards in your good computer and use a PCI eSATA adapter and make the bad computer into a big external enclosure.

http://www.acmecables.com/detail/index.cfm?nPID=616
http://www.acmecables.com/images_products/large-SS-4PCI-ES.jpg

fivegrand
Nov 13, 2008, 12:09 AM
Beautiful!

The plot thickens...

Thank you!

4JNA
Nov 13, 2008, 09:45 AM
for a one cable solution, try THIS (http://www.caloptic.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?product=mSATA_D&detail=yes). one bridge on either end, InfiniBand cable in the middle, done. sweet!