|May 17, 2011, 01:38 AM||#1|
Homemade Thunderbolt/FireWire/USB(maybe) hard drive enclosure
Like the title says, I'm looking to build a homemade external hard drive enclosure/array/rack that supports these three standards. I'm looking to house possibly a 10TB RAID 10 array. I don't care much for the aesthetics but I do want the drives to be housed into something stable. Lastly, I've seen what I can do with a FreeNAS but it's not necessarily what I want to do. Meaning that I don't want to connect my drives to a network as I want to have it connected directly through these interfaces, particularly Thunderbolt.
Now the reason why I want to do this is the cost. I can purchase a device like a Drobo or a similar multi-bay array but those things are ridiculously expensive, upwards of $600 on the array itself. What I want to do is something bare bones and have my drives connected to a board and power supply then to the computer, basically your standard external enclosure but at a fraction of the cost and to also be able to custom build this thing to my specific needs.
I have looked online but I can't exactly find what I want and need. So I turn to you the community to help me out. Thanks for any help you can lend to this project.
Here's a video of what I'm looking to do:
|May 17, 2011, 02:33 AM||#2|
The only difficulty I can see here is getting your Thunderbolt controller.
I have yet come across one. And I have been waiting to put one into my HTPC/NAS ever since TB's announcement.
Retina Macbook Pro 2.7Ghz/16GB/768GB
|May 17, 2011, 09:00 AM||#3|
I know that finding a TB controller at this point is probably not possible and it's something that I see happening months from now, realistically.
For the moment, what is it that I need to even come close to completing such a feat?
|Oct 10, 2011, 02:03 AM||#5|
No cigar, but in the neighborhood
|Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 PM||#6|
DIY Penta interfaces
You can DIY a USB2.0/USB3.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 and eSATA box fully support JBOD and or hardware RAID.
1_ JBOD/RAID controllers:
SPM394 Hardware RAID0,1,3,5,10 with LCD
SPM393 hardware raid without LCD
2_ FireWire/USB2.0 support Port Multiplier Ware bridge
3_ USB3.0/USB2.0 adapter support port multiplier
4_ Short eSATA cable
5_ eSATA to SATA adapter...
Here is how:
Connect #2 to #5 (eSATA to SATA adapter)
Connect drives to #1
To use eSATA connect your system to #1 controller
To use USB3.0 place #3 adapter to eSATA cable
To use FireWire interface, jump the short eSATA cable to #1 to #5
Now you have Penta interface with out breaking your bank
make sure all the bridge powered, otherwise it wont work... lol
Last edited by FireWire2; Sep 18, 2014 at 04:25 PM.
|Feb 23, 2012, 02:33 AM||#7|
We develop a RAID product in the past using that switch and causing a lot of problems.
I rather using
Datoptic and Caloptic (same company) is buying from Lycom or iStar-usa
You're a Mac?....great! I'm a BC (Before Computers)
|Jan 25, 2013, 04:03 PM||#8|
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