[dba-Tech] How to build a 16TB backup system

Mark Breen marklbreen at gmail.com
Thu May 13 13:38:07 CDT 2010

Hello All,

I suppose I am a nerd, but I watched this with baited breath last night and
woke up this morning still thinking about it.

Absolutely brilliant camera and editing work.

I suppose that the performance is fast, but on the other hand, I recently
purchased, on behalf of a customer 8 x 2 TB drives, approx €187 per drive
plus VAT.  What was neat about this was they are all external USB with
independant PSU etc.

So I could theoretically, hook up all eight drives stacked neatly, with no
cooling, or power worries, and just plug all eight into USB hubs.  It would
not be ultra fast, but for high storage and medium performance and zero
complexity, it is a effective way to acquire 16 TB storage.  All for €1600.
 We actually needed 8 TB, but I wanted mirrors of the 8 TB so I about 16 TB
and we sync mirror the drives.  Very cheap, and I arranged it just with a
credit card for the drives and nothing else.

It is  not until right now that I realise that the customer now has 16 TB of
storage for € 1600.  I am not comparing it to the homemade NAS, just sharing
the experience.


On 12 May 2010 18:09, Jim Lawrence <accessd at shaw.ca> wrote:

> Here is how to over-build a 16 TB backup system for your office. I am sure
> it was more than an evening project and the workshop was mouth watering.
> http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/07/homemade-16tb-nas-dwarfs-the-competition-
> with-insane-build-quali/
> On the other hand I bet I could build a similar system using a tall desktop
> or a server case.
> Jim
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