Re: OT: SATA Backplanes drivebays and caddies
On Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 02:52:28AM -0500, John Miller wrote:
> 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
> >>> suggestions?
> >>> sata "removable (disk | drive | harddrive) (caddy | bay | drawer |
> >>> tray)" single multi
> >>> Thanks
> >>>  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!
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