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3D printing a custom case for 5.25 inch drive - yes very much Gen8 related!


Crizco-ok
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Hi Everyone

 

One thing i like about the Gen8 is that it stacks (I have 2). I have seen the complimentary HP switch and router and wondered about custom 3D case.

 

I came across this drive bay this evening:

 

4 x 2.5inch SATA Hot Swap into 1 x 5.25inch Drive Bay - http://r.ebay.com/hF7fII

 

It would be ideal if someone could design / print a complimenting case that would take a 5.25inch drive and sit underneath the Gen8 server.

 

Any ideas? And anyone out there with the skill?

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If only the G8 came with an eSATA port. Major oversight on this model. :-(

 

It's not an oversight, eSATA is not something you can find on servers in general. If you want to connect external disk enclosure use a SAS controller. If you want a single disk - use USB.

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Sure, but that doesn't make it sensible. The reason why you don't find it is because the server vendors want to sell you SAS controllers.

 

Now, I know SAS controllers can be had for the price of a pint on ebay (sold two 8-port LSIs for less recently), but it's handy to not lose the one slot on it. And in my experience, SATA controllers on the whole are a lot less problematic and less prone to hardware bugs and consequences thereof than SAS ones. :-(

 

Speaking of which - does the SATA port on the G8 support FIS based switching for port multipliers?

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If you don't like SAS, put a SATA controller with eSATA, If you need more than 1 PCI-E slot and more than 5-6 drives, i'm afraid you bought the wrong product, should have picked the ML10 instead, it's even cheaper. If you want out of the box eSATA, buy a desktop.

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This may work;

IFxdr1.jpg

 

I am building a model to see if it is feasible and manufacture-able. So far it so good! I need to carve out the stacking area on top and add the stacking area to the bottom. 

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If 13 year old schoondoggy could see this model, he would be very sad that 54 year old shoondoggy had let his model making skills deteriorate!

eS5GTK.jpg

 

But, I think this may work. Now I need to work on my FreeCAD skills! 


Crizco-ok you need to work on a product name:

Crizco Storage Pod

Crizco Stackable Storage

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