Posted on December 3, 2004
I populated all the drive cages, and the top bay, with 250GB drives, and temporarily mounted LED's so I could watch which controller (onboard or PCI) was doing what to which drives.
Test mounting the front panel. The second shot shows the size in relation to a fairly large laptop
Finally, everything painted. The Bondo didn't work quite as well as I'd want, but it looks nice enough, and is simple and effective. Formatted, the six 250's work out to over 1.1TB free with redudancy. :D
The end result is exactly what I wanted; while it's not silent, it's easier to live with -- and pay for! -- than its predecessor, a rackmount monstrosity. It's very compact, gave me a fun week or so building it, and impresses friends and co-workers who keep asking me "Is that a REAL computer or a toy one?" :D