Re: OT: SATA Backplanes drivebays and caddies
Nate Duehr wrote:
>> Bob wrote:
>>> Sorry for the OT post but I know a few round here are well informed
>>> on the storage industry.
>>> I'm just about to migrate a bunch of PCs to SATA from IDE as the IDE
>>> drive caddies are failing  and I already have my server and a few
>>> PCs using SATA, what I'm looking for is a drivebay / backplane
>>> manufacturer that has 5, 4, 3 and 1 slot internal bays available
>>> that use the *same* tray / housing / caddie.
>>> The tray / housing / caddie doesn't have to be rugged  or cover
>>> the whole drive, it would just be *really* convenient to be able to
>>> move drives around at will.
>>> My search (below) hasn't helped much, has anyone round here got any
>>> sata "removable (disk | drive | harddrive) (caddy | bay | drawer |
>>> tray)" single multi
>>>  I think all ATA removable bays take a bunch of liberties with
>>> the standard anyway and these were cheap and are old
>>>  which I suppose by definition means it's not a caddie
>> <fx> crickets, cicadas and frogs </fx>
>> Alternatively if you can think of a better forum for this post a link
>> would also be appreciated.
> The folks on the Debian-ISP list probably deal with this type of
> hardware quite a bit more than the average Debian home user on the
> main user list?
Forwarding this to debian-isp, but I'll try to answer in the meantime.
Are your PCs rackmount, server-class towers, or regular consumer cases?
The servers I've worked with have all had their caddies and backplanes
provided by the case manufacturer; all the caddies have been
interchangeable, but not between server/case manufacturers. I've not
seen a server case manufacturer that also makes a single-drive hotswap
bay. I haven't seen a desktop case with built-in hotswap, either.
>From Googling around, I found cooldrives.com, which advertises external
drive enclosures. Perhaps something like that's an option for you?
Also looks like Thermaltake makes a single-drive SATA hotswap bay, which
could be useful Good luck to you in your search!