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    Spare hard drive solution

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    We're planning on upgrading all our desktops with SSD's, we're just going to leave the old HDD's inside the cases. Is there a way to turn these spare hard drives in the machines into a networked storage solution? Any magic software out there I can install?

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    you can make them network drives, but its highly inefficient to do this. Best bet, have a few cases and make a NAS using freenas.

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    Do you mean like a distributed disk array? What happens when someone swiches off their Computer? Now make a nice hot cup of tea, go somewhere quiet and think about what you've said.

    If you want to use them, rip them out and do what @nephilim said!

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    or send me one as I need one for my PC!!

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    how big do you need?

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    I am hoping for a drive around the 250 gig mark. The machine I have is an SFF Supermicro.... Pentium 4 775 1GB RAM. Just got it today but the 250gb drive is goosed!!
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    I will have a look at home. Might have a 1TB laying around.

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    It will either be 500GB or 1TB...dont remember which.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    It will either be 500GB or 1TB...dont remember which.
    Either would be perfect mate.

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    And yes, any drives that we get spare we generally stick them into A spare pc or server and use samba or freenas and use them for storage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lounds View Post
    We're planning on upgrading all our desktops with SSD's, we're just going to leave the old HDD's inside the cases. Is there a way to turn these spare hard drives in the machines into a networked storage solution?
    I looked at creating a similar system at one point for video storage, for classroom editing of video footage. As has been pointed out, having a machine turned off will affect your storage array, so this is best done in one room where you can (hopefully) garuntee that all machines are on. Theoretically, something like Windows DFS might be able to act as a fast, local way to make video footage available accross a network of PCs - each PC would act as a DFS node, and locally cache any files it was asked to fetch. It'd certainly be interesting to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    I looked at creating a similar system at one point for video storage, for classroom editing of video footage. As has been pointed out, having a machine turned off will affect your storage array, so this is best done in one room where you can (hopefully) garuntee that all machines are on. Theoretically, something like Windows DFS might be able to act as a fast, local way to make video footage available accross a network of PCs - each PC would act as a DFS node, and locally cache any files it was asked to fetch. It'd certainly be interesting to try.
    Would be really interesting. I am willing be corrected but I'm fairly certain DFS is a server feature only.

    There are alternatives but I'm really not sure how successful They'd be. Its targeted at servers keeping file stores replicated across WAN rather than local storage where the replication partners are unreliable.

    I've subscribed to this thread, please let us know how you get on.
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    I did look into FreeNAS. Thanks for the help though guys. All my thinking was that if you have over 200 machines with spare hard drives you could make a shared storage between them similar to torrenting? but hey I'm gonna make a nice hot cup of tea and think about what I've said...

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    You could get some ASRock Z87 Extreme11/AC motherboards. Each one has 22 SATA ports.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7524/a...urrency-mining
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    Alas no...it comes with the standard 6. You have to buy the expansion cards for it to accomodate a further 18 (6 expansion cards holding 3 a piece)

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