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I need help on this please it's my first self build

by arrowsparrow / June 16, 2006 10:49 PM PDT

Okay, well it's been about a year since I was last on here so I wanted to get some help on this self build and then I remembered I'm registered here (and glad I am). Well here's my problem I want to find a nice case with 4 5.25" drive bays, 2 3.5" external drive bays, and 6 3.5" internal drive bays, now the last part is the hardest to find, but this self build will only have 1 250GB SATA II drive, but I want to make it have all 6 slots on the motherboard used and I want to have them in a RAID so I can have them backed up (reading through all my RAID options). So if you know of any like that that are under $100 or are really nice quality and under $120 that would be helpful, but I really want to try to get one with a side panel if possible (what I'm 14 and I have friends come over what I enjoy showing off).

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Where did RAID become "BACKUP"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2006 11:12 PM PDT

RAID 5 could save you from drive failure, but the more common RAID 1 dutifully writes errant data to both drives corrupting 2 (or more) drives at the same instant.

I'm concerned when I read that RAID is considered a backup. It fails the usual requirements of backup on too many (if not all) points.

Bob

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Case and RAID
by billzhills / June 17, 2006 12:08 AM PDT
At the very simplest level, RAID combines multiple hard drives into a single logical unit. Thus, instead of seeing several different hard drives, the operating system sees only one. RAID is typically used on server computers, and is usually (but not necessarily) implemented with identically-sized disk drives.


One drive does not an array make ...... Happy

This is a case I have been using. The main feature that I like is the placement of the side fans. If you order this one purchase 2 extra fans (top, front)

Luck on you project .....

Bill
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Good catch Bill. Does yuour case
by Ray Harinec / June 17, 2006 12:24 AM PDT
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actually have a place for a top fan? It does not show clearly in the photos.

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Case
by billzhills / June 17, 2006 1:22 AM PDT

Morning Ray,

The case does have a top fan placement.

I'll not say that the case is the best, there is a major install/replace issue with the optical devices if you use the top rail.

The front cover has to be removed in a bottom out and top down. Once the top fan is in place the optical device in the top rail cannot be pushed back far enough to allow the top down monition.

Other than that it is a nice case for the money.

Bill

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case I found
by arrowsparrow / June 17, 2006 9:42 AM PDT
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I found a case too that is $57 green blue LEDs top fan back fan (80mm needs to be 120mm for m set up) and has 5 drive bays.

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What mobo??
by Ray Harinec / June 17, 2006 12:26 AM PDT

What six slots on mobo?? SATA slots???

What RAID controllers are offered on the mobo???

And Robert has pointed out the failings of RAID for your backup purposes. More money no backup.

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oh yeah
by arrowsparrow / June 17, 2006 9:52 AM PDT
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