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The Death Star

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by bpgt64, May 27, 2010.

  1. bpgt64

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    So...My boss(s) wanted to build a new server to store low priority data for work. Aka Shelf data. The alternative to expanding our current situation, was too expensive...And thus...the Death Star was born.

    Definition of Shelf Data: Data which, is of low priority as deemed by our customer as emergency only.

    From Newegg.com

    15x Hitachi 2TB 7K2000 Drives
    ECS Black Series 890G AM3 Mobo
    OkGear 36" SATA II Cables
    3x Syba SD PCI Express SATA II
    1x Syba SY-PEX40008 PCE Express SATA II Controller Card
    2x 1000W Rosewill BRONZE series PSUs
    AMD Phhenom II X4 955 BE
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive
    2x 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw Series 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM
    6 Scythe "Ultra Kaze" 120x38mm Case Fan

    From Assorted Vendors
    1 Custom case designed to hold 45 3.5inch Drives(We're starting light with only 15)
    5 Port SATA Multiplyers
    Foam Padding for Vibration
    And more...

    I should probably also mention, that we're are not the first to use this design. We are using the design found at this website;

    http://blog.backblaze.com/2009/09/01/petabytes-on-a-budget-how-to-build-cheap-cloud-storage/

    I just thought it would be interesting to take real pictures of putting it together.

    Here's some pics so far...sorry would be using the TPU unloader but its having issues.

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    WOW!!!! EPIC!!!! :D :toast:
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    Lol, why all the Deskstars? is it that they are cheaper and you are going for RAID 1? And the case looks suspiciously like a MountainMods case.
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    They were the cheapest at the time. My supervisor made the call on the drives...And when your potentially going to be expanding to 45 total drives...you go with the cheapest :)
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    atm i think this seems appropriate.

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    would be awesome if you made the case look like a completed Deathstar lol
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    TWO 1KW PSUs? Staggered spin-up maybe? :cool:

    What kind of data are you storing where you would need that kind of storage?
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    2 1kw psu's? why in the world do you think you need that kind of power, and an intel ssd boot drive for a server that is on 24/7? :wtf:

    infact for a file server even the phenom II x4 is overkill a dual would of been fine, bit overkill imo, though fun as hell to build and play with none the less ;)
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    The server when complete will house 45 3.5inch drives. To answer your question as to why were using 2 1KW PSUs. Even with delayed spinup...its going to eat some juice. The company I work for does offsite Emergency Data Back-ups. In otherwords...we can restore a whole network of computers to there original state. It's not for personal use...I have 4TBs for that...

    2TB x 45 Drives =90TBs raw...about 75-80 when you consider Redundancy...etc

    An intel ssd boot drive for a server that is on 24/7?

    -Faster boot times...when we have too. It's not primary data so it's not constantly in use....I tried to talk my Super into a Corsair..or some other cheaper drive but he wanted intell../ohwell

    infact for a file server even the phenom II x4 is overkill a dual would of been fine, bit overkill imo, though fun as hell to build and play with none the less

    -Can't agree more...hehe....It will probably be using CentOS or RHEL 5.5
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    Thats's who were modeling it after. Actually.
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    how are you planing on powering the 2 power supplies on and off are you just going to manualy power on the aux psu first then boot the computer to power on the second?
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    the dude in the pics fly is down :roll:
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    By rigging the second psu with a paper clip, so the back PSU power button works just like it's the front power button.

    And Nice catch Rhino... took that one down.
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    Deskstar Hitachi Drives have been the most reliable to me compared to Later IBMs, and Western Digitals
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    Most harddisks nowadays are pretty reliable, and people call those Deathstars for some reason. They also have been known to be loud, imagine the noise of all 45 of them
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    i have had a 500gb Deathstar die on me before along with a few maxtors. i tend to avoid them these days. seagates western digitals and samungs all the way now
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    At the sacrifice of my pointer finger, we installed the multiplier boards today.
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    Zero Dead Drives....We're planning on running Raid 5...but just for shits were gonna try some Raid 0 ;)
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    Where did you buy the Port Multiplyers and how much each?

    im building somthing simmiler but not as big, somewhere in the range of 12 - 22 HDDs
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    30 TB in RAID 0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you guys using any data redundancy?
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    That was just for kicks...We're now running it in Raid 6 with a Hot Spare. So when we fill the remainder of the drive ports(which only 15 of 45 are filled :) ). I didn't order the parts, but I know we had to custom order the case...and some of the parts we got from newegg.com, some from Microcenter.

    Case, Port Multipliers, and Rubber bands(vibration reduction on the drives) from Protocase.

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    Hell yeah!!! Nice array homie!

    Wish I could run 10TB in Raid0, let alone just have 10TB!

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