Use old PC as Thunderbolt RAID store

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by StuartAM, May 3, 2016.

  1. StuartAM macrumors newbie

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    Hi i need more storage for my Mac at the moment i have my iTunes library on a 1tb usb drive which is about full... i have been looking at thunderbolt RAID drives such as the Drobo 5D but at £400 wish before adding any drives i wanted to see if their are any other options.

    i have an old PC sitting beside my desk its got an i7 cpu and a few expansion slots and an onboard RAID controller, has anyone tried converting a PC into a thunderbolt external RAID store, if so how?

    thanks

    Stu
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    There's no way to use your existing hardware as a thunderbolt device. Presumably you could buy a thunderbolt disk array, strip all the hardware out of your PC and then somehow transplant the hardware from the disk array into the PC case, but I can't imagine why that would be desirable.
     
  3. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I've bookmarked this just to remind me how much of a PITA it could be every time I look at some of our old PCs in the offices...

    http://www.howtogeek.com/190835/how-to-turn-an-old-pc-into-a-home-file-server/

    IMHO, there's a better way (stealing this line from Alton Smith...). Consider moving your iTunes library over to the PC and using iTunes for Windows, and using iTunes Match @US$25 per year. I have a Mini Server with my two libraries - a lossless copy for local listening, and an AAC/MP3 library (comprised of a lower bit rate burn of my CDs and my iTS purchases) I sync to iTM and my iOS devices and ancient 5th-Gen iPod. No futzing around, and thousands of Pounds saved in not needing therapy...:D
     
  4. kryten42 macrumors 6502

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    I would turn old PC into a NAS rather than a direct connect system. More flexible then too and fast enough for iTunes steaming of audio and video.
     

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