Case does not have enough space

Posted on 2005-05-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-26

This is a daft question, but I am afraid I dont know the answer to it.

I have a HP computer and I would like to install a RAID card + 2 more HD's.  Unfortunately the case is too small to fit everything in....

I can put it in another case, but that makes the warranty invalid for everything....

So... it looks like I am stuck.. does anyone have some wierd and wonderful solutions?

Question by:amacfarl
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    Accepted Solution

    An external drive enclosure (plenty available on eBay) is your solution.  You just need to know whether you're going with a SCSI or SATA solution.

    When purchasing the external drive enclosure for a SCSI RAID solution, make sure of the following:
    - the enclosuer has enough drive bays for what you want to do
    - the type of drive connectors in the enclosure are compatible with the drives you'll be installing
    - the external SCSI connectors on the drive enclosure are compatible with the external connector on your SCSI RAID card
    - you have the proper SCSI cable to connect your RAID card and the external drive enclosure
    - you've got the proper SCSI terminator.

    If you need it, here's a brief on SCSI basics:

    If you're planning on doing a SATA RAID setup instead of SCSI, an external enclosure is still the way to go.  Here's a pretty good explanation of SATA from a SATA solution provider:
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    Author Comment


    Thanks for your response.  Indeed we are using SATA (10k Raptor Drives) RAID solution.

    On the external drive enclosure I am not sure what options are available.  There are many USB options around, however this defeats the purpose of having RAID.

    We are looking for the most cost effective solution... are there any other options.... is Firewire enclosure an option?

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    Expert Comment

    You want an external drive enclosure that supports external SATA cabling, internal SATA drive connectors and the number of drives you're planning on using.  You'll also need a RAID card that has external ports.

    Check out the following examples:

    Multiple drive enclosure:

    SATA RAID card with external ports:

    Hope this helps.
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    Author Comment


    Sorry for the late response - life has been hectic.

    Thanks for you help & support.  It is much apprecaited.  I have awarded you all the points.


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