Can one use rack mount raid system without rack?

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  1. pullman macrumors 6502

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    Forgive the n00b question but I'm curious if there would be any negative effects of not mounting a rack mount raid array (like a Sonnet or G-Tech or such) but just having it on a shelf or table?

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  2. kryten42 macrumors 6502

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    Not really, just "ugly". I know plenty of rack mount systems run on a table for years :rolleyes:
     
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    As long as the box is not depending on a rack mounted cooling fan, tabletop is fine. We do that often in the lab, although mounting them in a rack is cleaner with less cable clutter.
     
  4. pullman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks very much for the replies. Good point about the fans. The one I am thinking of is a Sonnet Fusion R800, an older model. I believe it has built-in fans so having it on a table or such could possibly work then.

     
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  6. pullman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the reply. That's a nice array. I'm wondering how much weight can be put on such arrays (including the Sonnet one I'm considering). Any one know - 10kg, 15kg?
     
  7. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I have a total 16 3.5" HDDs enclosed in 2 Thunderbay IVs, 1 G-Tech Thunderbolt RAID5 enclosure and 1 eSATA OWC RAID5 enclosure sitting atop the rackmount unit :)

    Not sure how many kgs that is :)
     
  8. pullman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow that's got to be 15-16 kg for the arrays only plus the drives. Impressive.

     

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