Homemade Thunderbolt/FireWire/USB(maybe) hard drive enclosure

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by SoAnyway, May 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hello community!

    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:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzBGXei9azc
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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?
     
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    ActionableMango

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    I don't think the hardware exists to do this, even without Thunderbolt. Why is it important for the setup to not be a network drive?
     
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  6. FireWire2, Feb 9, 2012
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    FireWire2

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    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
     
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    joaoferro37

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    Using clock switch is a real bad idea.
    We develop a RAID product in the past using that switch and causing a lot of problems.
    I rather using

    http://www.lycom.com.tw/ST158RM.htm
    Datoptic and Caloptic (same company) is buying from Lycom or iStar-usa
     
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    FireWire2

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    There is no BAD idea, but BAD design/implementation
     

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