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I am looking for a 2 or 3U short depth rack-mount case that supports 12 Hot-Swap drives that supports  both 2.5 and 3.5 drives. The case needs to support MicroATX motherboard and be no more then 19-21 inches deep. The motherboard I have is a Supermicro X10SLL-F and the server rack I have is a wall mount by NavePoint found here

 

This will be used for a XPEnology build.

 

Thank you in advance.

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schoon thank you so much for taking the time. That case looks good but it's to fat on the depth, My rack has a max usable depth of 600mm/22" deep. Any other ideas? I found a Norco case that is 15.25 inch deep but it only holds 4 drives found here. I am truly stumped on this one, Most cases I found are 25+ inches deep.

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Update: Schoon the outside dimension of the depth is 600mm/23.5 but the rail depth is 20.5 so that case wont work. here are the specs for the rack. Hope you can find something that will work.

 

Thank you

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schoondoggy

The rail depth is the measurement from the front rail mount bar to the back rail mount bar. So, rail kits for this enclosure will need to be able slide down to 20". Were you planning on putting this on slide railes or fixed rails? 

That said it looks like there is only 22" of useable internal space. How many 'U' do you have available? If you have 6U you could do something like this:

server board in this

http://www.istarusa.com/en/istarusa/products.php?model=D-213-MATX-DT

With two of these running IT firmware (HBA)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LSI-SAS9205-8e-Host-Bus-Adapter-8-Port-6Gb-s-PCI-E-HBA-SATA-SAS-No-Bracket/253249726832?hash=item3af6dc2970:g:0zIAAOSwIFtaALod

cabled down to this

http://www.istarusa.com/istarusa/products.php?model=E-490-JB#.WguSbmiPIuU

with three of these

http://icydock.com/goods.php?id=242

15 drives in a 4U JBOD and XPEnology running on a 2U server.  

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schoondoggy

How about fourteen drives, ten 3.5" and four 2.5" drives in a 4U case that is 20.8" deep?

Amazon is showing 22" internal depth on the rack you have, so this case should work.

This case:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811165552

Two of these:

http://icydock.com/goods.php?id=242

Two of these:

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=234

One set of 20" slide rails:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816215017&cm_re=slide_rail-_-16-215-017-_-Product

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scruffters

Ablecom CS-R26... 533mm deep.

 

There is also a CS-R25, which is the 8x drive version.

 

Personally I use the Supermicro 826E16/836E16 a lot - not at home, in production. I like these because they have port expanders built in (hence the E16 code). There are also 12G variants. All work well with LSI MegaRAID controllers. These are 650mm deep though.

 

I think Ablecom are Supermicro's parent company...

http://www.ablecom.de/Products/chassis/CS-R26/

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3 hours ago, scruffters said:

Ablecom CS-R26... 533mm deep.

 

There is also a CS-R25, which is the 8x drive version.

 

Personally I use the Supermicro 826E16/836E16 a lot - not at home, in production. I like these because they have port expanders built in (hence the E16 code). There are also 12G variants. All work well with LSI MegaRAID controllers. These are 650mm deep though.

 

I think Ablecom are Supermicro's parent company...

http://www.ablecom.de/Products/chassis/CS-R26/

Nice find! Ablecom are nice cases.

 

I did find a 3U 16 drive JBOD that is only 19" deep if you are still concidering a two chassis solution:

http://www.istarusa.com/istarusa/products.php?model=EA-3M16-JB#.Wg3PZWRaMuU

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scruffters

:)

 

I wish they bought these into the UK more readily, Schoon.

 

I've had a good for requests for short/compact racks over the last couple of years.

 

It seems to me the momentum behind QNAP et al is really starting to affect the NAS case market. I've even let me mind go to that place where I started thinking about designing my own. There is a U-NAS case out there, but it's so cheap looking that I couldn't consider it for what I'm doing.

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itGeeks

wow lots to digest here. Schoon your setup recommendation is very creative and one that I had never thought of. I really wanted to keep everything in one case but its becoming clear this may not be possible with the rack I have. After looking at ur suggestion I found a Norco storage case that I like though a bit more expensive then your recommendation, It includes everything needed so I don't have to build my own with Icy Dock components. This is the case, What do you think?

 

@scruffters, I agree with schoon nice find. I got all excited about this Ablecom CR-R26 case till I was reading the specs, It looks like it only supports ATX motherboards and I have a MicroATX. Can you confirm it will support my motherboard? Also I don't see it offerd in the US, Can you confirm it's sold in the US?? I would purchase this case in a heart beat if you can confirm the above. I really want to build everything into a single case to eliminate a failure point on my build.

 

@scruffters, Whats wrong with the U-NAS cases? What are you doing that these cases would not handle? I would use the U-NAS cases in a heart beat if I was not trying to build a rack mount solution.

 

Thanks again to everyone that has taking the time to try and help

 

 

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