Caddie Overload?

Enthusiast Brian Frost has assembled his own Windows Home Server using the Atom powered D945 mini ITX motherboard.

Brian completed his installation with 7 drive caddies.

USB Drive Caddies

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  1. Keith says:

    I’d be very curious to know how this works out. I have had numerous problems with external storage and WHS for a long time now. It has never been 100% rock solid. I started out using WHS in beta.

    I went with individual external enclosures for a while. I don’t know if it’s the heat, the enclosures, the drives or what… but I occasionally would have a drive fail.

    I got tired of the clutter (much like you have in the pic), so I went with an Icydock 4bay extender. It has 4 trays, 1 power supply, and the output is USB. Perfect. I thought anyway.

    I’m already having nightmares. I’ve gone through dumping all backups twice now. Drives keep disappearing and/or not showing up at all. I power the bay off/on, reboot, scan for new drives. It’s hit or miss.

    I’m running this on a low end MSI desktop from newegg. External enclosure is from Newegg as well. It’s really quite annoying.

  2. TheJudge says:

    Interesting concept. I like the Atom board/chip. Pretty inexpensive really. I’ve not understood the choice of USB drives as data transfer is slower and I too have read a lot about issues with setting up an array of USB drives on WHS.

    May look into a small form factor set up, but fully contained in one box. 😉

  3. Keith says:

    Slow transfer is not really a problem. Well, if you are just using WHS for storage, then who cares, right? It’s not like I have any disc IO intensive things going on… I’m just storing a crap load of music, pics and videos.

    Anyway, I love the Atom board/chip concept too. So tiny, cheap, and performs great. It’s a real pain though that I can’t get external storage working in a reliable fashion.

    The MS dream of having a hodgepodge of varied drives, all strung together and working as one failed miserably for me.

    I am considering ditching the Icydock enclosure and going with some other type of individual bays (maybe these caddies). I guess I’ll post here if/when I make a decision in case anyone is interested.

  4. Keith says:

    I finally got something that works great. It is the Rosewill R2-JBOD 3.5″ USB 2.0 DUAL-BAY External Enclosure from newegg.com (http://bit.ly/10CTG5). Price was $50 US and it worked flawlessly. Granted, I’m giving up my 4 bay hotswap tray Icydock enclosure for this 2 bay model, but that is irrelevant when you consider one works and one doesn’t!!

    The Icydock enclosure felt cheap right out of the box. Trays were flimsy, and I hated that stupid polished white Mac look. I should have never bought it.. .ugh. Now I’m stuck with a USB paperweight.

    Anyway, the Roswill model I bought has JBOD, which allows both drives to be seen independently (which is what you want with WHS so that WHS can manage the redundancy). This thing was a bargain if you ask me. It is very solid and well fit together so there is no rattle noises or electronic humming.

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