One G5 as usual, one dead G5 as a disk server?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by fivegrand, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Beautiful!

    The plot thickens...

    Thank you!
     
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    bridge over troubled water

    for a one cable solution, try THIS. one bridge on either end, InfiniBand cable in the middle, done. sweet!
     

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