Oh My God... It Liiiiivvvvveeeessssss...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacProGuy, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    That's obscene....

    And what is the point of having more FireWire ports (I assume its connected through FW800), when you can just add more HDDs to the tower?

    ... nevermind, if you want to hook up a video camera... i answered my own question.

    Nevertheless, how much does a case like that cost? I have about 4 HDDs and I'd like to consolidate them to one case...
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Here in NZ they're about $350, which I guess would be about $150 in the US.
  3. MacProGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006

    Hehe... thanks ;)

    I got it at Fry's for about $120... but that did NOT include a power supply...

    The FWDaisychain adapter was $39, and the RAID FW Controller was $150...

    The Powersupply $60... (cheap used MB $0... but if you don't have one... new would be $40...)...

    All told almost $400 before Drives ... eeach... lol...

    And who said the iMac was a dead end for upgrades... hehe

    Oh, and through FW400, I'm getting almost 10,000K / second rip speed on my DVD Combo (sadly, the Writer is speed limited to 4K / second grrrrrrrrr).

    :mad: :)
  4. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    I got a score of 83.17 using Mac OSX built-in RAID running through SATA on 2 Seagate 7200rpm drives. eSATA kicks FW800. Hopefully the iMacs come equipped with eSATA ports in the next models.
  5. MacProGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006

    Agree completely. I'd have LOVED to have an eSATA port... but... FW800 still rocks for RAID 0 compaired to little ol' FW400 or USB2... lol
  6. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Just FYI, you don't need a mobo to make an ATX power supply work. You just need ~2" of wire (16AWG should do the trick) to jumper together two of the connectors.

    I will leave which two connectors to connect as an excersize for the reader.

    I'm planning on doing something like this, and had a couple questions, though. Are you just chaining the FW drives together and plugging them into the FW800 port? What's the device you are using to chain them with? Does that device also convert the SATA/PATA to FW? You mention a hardware RAID controller - have you compared that speed wise to an OSX software controlled RAID?

    Looks pretty neat... I'd like to setup something similar so that I can just toss in a cheap drive when I want more HDD space (I'd build the array with small, less expensive disks - probably 120 or 160gbs) and a faster optical drive (even FW400 should have plenty of room for the fastest DVD-RWs out there without killing HDD access speeds).
  7. BrutX macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2006
    you can even use a paperclip. although that would be a lousy long-term solution. i just do that to test whether the PSU works.
  8. bankshot macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2003
    Southern California
  9. MacProGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006

    Absolutely Dead Silent. :)

    It's a special PC case with large fans that turn slowly, moving the same volume of air as small fans turning fast.

    It may look "ricer" as someone point out... but it's all business ;)

    It is, with the fans on the lowest setting (I also removed the PS fan), just as quiet as the iMac. :)
  10. rowanhall macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2004
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    had wondered about the use of the mobo myself, you just need to join the green wire in the atx lead with a gnd wire (black) to turn on the psu! and use the psu mains switch at the back to turn the box on and off, or connect the green and black the cases power switch. you may need to change it to an (on/off) toggle switch.

    nice job! i had concidered this option, as external drives seem so expensive for all they are! after seeing the specs, i realise that this is an excellent solution! cheers for the insight and pics! :)

    i'd be glad to see any more advancements made at this project!

  11. MacProGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006

    Thanks! I knew there was a way to do it without a motherboard... my initial solution was to get a power supply tester... which also worked great... but there were two weird side-effects...

    The benchmarks were (A) Lower and (B) Not Consistent... WILDLY non-consistent... as if they weren't getting a solid stream of power... this behavior does NOT exhibit itself when attached to an actual motherboard... could it be that the power supply I'm using is bad or needs some sort of real *draw* for the rest of the power connectors to work reliably?

    The second weird thing is that the power supply tester would get almost too hot to touch after about 10 minutes... so I was honestly afraid of a melting/exploding/fire in regards to the tester.

    Which is why I hooked up the M/B.

    I'll post more pics as I move into the new house... I'm planning on rigging a few more drives, etc.


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