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External HD Enclosure with SATA External Interface

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This is just a theoretical question...

If I were to install a pci RAID card in computer (a) wouldn't it be possible to take another case with a power supply and a few HD's and connect those HD's to the RAID card in computer (a)?

My problem is this:
I need alot of storage (approximately 3TB) that is accessible at extremely high speeds. NAS won't be nearly fast enough as the files I'm working with average 30 - 40 gigs each. Computer (a) already has 1TB of space in RAID 5 configuration with 4 gigs of RAM and I'm running out of room quickly.

So I figured I could make an external enclosure for more HD's and just connect them to computer (a) via SATA or SCSI.

Any thoughts on this, or possibly a better way to acheive this is much appreciated.
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There is no problem at all with doing this.  In fact there are many enclosures specifically built for this that are quite inexpensive.

Here's a couple of examples,

http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/sata/satakits.php

http://www.addonics.com/products/raid_system/mst4.asp

You could use a PC case you would just need to wire up a switch onto the power supply since you do not have a montherboard.

Also you can use multilane SATA cables to avoid having a wire mess.  So 1 multilane cable will replace 4 external sata cables and it also has a screw connector.

http://www.addonics.com/products/other/

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Thank you. Those links are exactly what I was looking for. I forgout about the power supply wiring thing too. Thanks.
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