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Joe's Mac mini RAID.
1.2 TB Firewire RAID (6X WD 200GB drives through 3X ICE-CUBE firewire /
ATA boards and a firewire repeater)
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Anon [May 20, 2005 at 04:52 PM]
How many movies can fit on 1.2TB?
strydr [Jun 21, 2005 at 03:01 PM]
depends on how much you compress them- typically, my rips end up @ 1-2Gig per movie. I hope you got some fans to cool that thing..
Ian [Jul 04, 2005 at 06:38 PM]
Where is the mini??
Anon [Jul 05, 2005 at 02:37 PM]
Where the 3 cable start/end
Joe [Aug 19, 2005 at 02:11 AM]
Hi all, I have 6X 200GB Western Digital HDDs in an old PC desktop case. there is 3X sleds from 'IceCube' FW cases, each sled connects 2X drives (a MASTER and a SLAVE), all three drive sleds connected to an APLUX FW repeater, then to the mini.OSX Disk Utility to software RAID them together. currently I have them as 3X 400GB volumes. I use EyeTV recording in MPEG1 for TV and a many different compression techniques for movies, some movies <1GB some >8GB. The Mac mini is on a shelf with mixer and amp
Joe [Nov 18, 2005 at 06:08 AM]
G'day strydr Strangely I've not needed any fans yet. It is an enclosed space with the cabinet closed but it is a large space (old photocopier steel stand with castors) and after more than 18 months, no drives have died and no corruption or any other difficulties. Even chugs along fine on a 40 degree centigrade day (104 F)!
memy [Feb 07, 2006 at 10:45 PM]
mesly nice
Anon [Feb 08, 2006 at 02:04 PM]
you kidding me memy
scoot [Mar 01, 2006 at 02:01 AM]
what happens if lightning hits it?
Dude [Mar 11, 2006 at 11:27 AM]
Isn't this lightning hitting it?
TheAnimaster [Mar 18, 2006 at 11:36 PM]
You're lucky that nothing HAS happened to your setup due to overheating. I'm sure in time, it would Joe. If that is a RAID 0 setup you're in for a big surprise when even just one of those drives crashes. Better safe than sorry.
Joe [Mar 20, 2006 at 06:32 AM]
Hey TheAnimaster, I'm aware that RAID 0 is vulnerable and have any crucial folders (ie: Doctor Who episodes) psync-ed up to another little 900GB G4 I keep in the shed I've been happily surprised at how reliable it has been so far. I am aware of its need for active cooling and am thinkin about it most seriously, I leave the doors open these days. Thanks for your concern (the files are safe)
Anon [Mar 20, 2006 at 10:22 PM]
Thank God your keeping the Who safe! The thought of your Who collection going up in a ball of flaming raid drives would make Pete Townsend give up eating kidney pie. Oh, wait that was Dr Who.... nevermind
sancho [Mar 27, 2006 at 09:57 PM]
HELLZ YA DUDE!!! its all about the raid!!
jim [Apr 11, 2006 at 12:45 PM]
Hi this looks exactly like what I have been looking for. let me make sure I understand. Did you just strip regular ice cube cases and then use a standard master slave ribbon cable? why did you use the repeater? I thought you could daisy chain firewire devices. Thanks, NICE WORK!
dungeon92 [Apr 25, 2006 at 09:03 PM]
do it with bigger HDDs (320GB WD are cheap now) and you would have basically a media server. That's adds another 720GB so almost 2TB!
Boony [Jul 06, 2006 at 07:13 PM]
The casing is bad ....
Joe [Sep 02, 2006 at 02:06 AM]
Hi Jim, I attached 2X ATA drives to each FW board with a MASTER/SLAVE cable then used Disk Utility RAID so each is a 400GB stripe, times three. I used the repeater so that none would be at the end of the chain. Daisy-chaining means that a failure of one would stop any after it too, plus I had a repeater spare so I thought, 'why not?'. G'day dungeon92, I agree that bigger drives are a better idea but that would involve buying more drives and I don't have the cash spare. I've modded this setup into a large abandoned PC server case and utilising 6X200 GB and 4X 250GB drives via 5X firewire boards for a 2.2TB capacity. Boony, I LIKE the indistrial look, I'm sorry you don't
Soundman [Jun 09, 2007 at 02:17 PM]
Like bonny said... and what about PC stuff I was thinking abut mounting them like a wheel instead. Make your own chassie.


      

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