, who's storage capacity has exceeded my own for about 3 months with his first drive upgrade, has upgraded again-- this time, adding 500 gigs to his collection. This brings the online capacity of our network to 1211.63 gigs. By himself, Zen
controls almost 1.5 terabytes of storage-- a number that belittles even some hardcores. Very nice Zen
Our drive research has been pushing towards RAID 5 arrays of 4 to 8 drives. The cost involved is relatively high-- at least initially. But the total storage and redundancy are unmatched with other options. Despite our own thirst for storage, we're going to hold off on upgrading capacity for awhile. One of the concerns we'll have to address is where to physically place all these drives. The Black Dragon
will control at least the 80 RAID 1 array, taking 2 of 6 3½" drive bays. There are 4x5¼" drive bays, 2 of which hold CD-ROM drives. The ROM drives can move as the Black Dragon
doesn't really need them, but we will still require brackets. We will also need to come up with a method to mount a cooling fan to blow across any drives we mount in 5¼" bays. The other option, or an additional option, is to make a mounting bracket under the existing 3½" drive bays. This could fix at least 3 more drives, there is already a cooling fan located there. With some work, we may be able to house 13 drives in the Black Dragon
's case. But there are still a lot of issues with that-- cooling and power being amongst the primary concerns.