Managed to get another Coolmaster Stacker casing so I swapped the Windows machine’s Coolermaster Elite 330 to this new bigger casing.
The server was running low on storage again. The Nikon D300 taking 10MB a piece RAW photos is really eating up a lot of data storage. I managed to get a second hand LSI 8408E 8 port PCIE SATA RAID card and it works well in Ubuntu. This means that I get up to 8 SATA ports in addition to the 6 provided by the ICH10R. The SiI 3114 did not manage to recognize my 1TB Seagate drives.
This time round, I decided to go all the way and max out the drives. So I got another 3 bay 5.25″ to 4 3.5″ converter and got an additional 6 1TB drives. The idea being to connect all 8 1TB drives to the LSI 8408E in a RAID 5 configuration for 7TB of storage. This will be supplemented by a 3 x 500GB RAID 5 providing an addition 1TB of storage. So all in all, I would have 8TB of storage which is more then double what I had previously (3TB). And this time round, it will all be in RAID 5 for a piece of mind. Hopefully this will last me for the next 3 years or so.
The MacBook Pro was also running low on disk space so I got a Seagate Desktop Extreme 1.5TB for it hooked up via firewire 400. For now, I am using the drive to backup the data on the 2 1TB Seagates so that I can construct the 8 drive RAID 5. So there is a lot of copying right now to move the data into the external drives to free up the 2 Seagate 1TB drives.