SCSI drives recommendations

Richard Cottrill richard_c at
Sun Jan 20 22:59:38 EST 2002

This sounds like a serious server case and so I'd expect that case cooling
has been taken care of by some reasonably huge fans scattered about (if
there aren't any then there's definitely going to be brackets for them -
just fill the brackets). You may have to worry a bit more about keeping the
room cool. I have a very lightly loaded system (roughly similar to your own
but with dual PPro instead) and it can warm my room quite effectively. More
pressing for me is that I've had disconnect to two (of five) fans and rig up
some very crap sound insulation to keep myself sane. I still can't sleep, or
even relax, when it's running.

I wouldn't *plan* to fill the disc bays with anything; unless you have some
special requirement (like a raid and/or serious file serving) you'd be much
better served by buying one new, large disc. Something with a spindle speed
up around 15k RPM is probably a nice start :).


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-admin at [mailto:linux-admin at]On
> Behalf Of Daniel McNamara
> Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 11:29 AM
> To: Canberra Linux User Group
> Subject: SCSI drives recommendations
> Hey again guys,
> Many thanks to the (incredibly) quick replies to clarify about
> the multiple
> processor question. Now for something completely different.
> Having spent the last 4 hours swearing vehemently because I
> couldn't get the
> any Linux distro to run from the SCSI CDROM on this system because they
> would all hang on loading the Adaptec module, I finally realised
> something.
> The driver was fine. Perfect. Just the CDROM was fnargled. Proved
> this point
> by digging through my boxes of old computer bits to find an old
> caddy based
> SCSI CDROM. Plug it in and it worked first time. Sigh. Why didn't
> I think of
> that earlier?
> Anyway to cut a long story short I got the machine as is from the computer
> fair with one 4.3 gig SCSI hard drive and one (now confirmed useless) 24x
> CDROM. Now whilst the caddy loading drive does work it's not exactly my
> ideal choice so my question is this: What are you recommendations for SCSI
> drives (both hard drives and CDROM's). In relation I'm looking at fitting
> the machine with a CD burner but at this point in time I don't
> have a lot of
> cash so I don't mind buying second hand as long as it works. The machine
> also has 8 hot swap 68pin SCSI bays, one of which is being used by the 4.3
> gig drive. I'm looking to populate all the bays with anything I can get my
> hands on. Any size will suit me fine if anyone has some for sale or knows
> where I can get some for a good price.
> Oh just while getting recommendations, anyone have a really good case
> cooling system? With both CPU's at full blast and the drives bays fully
> populated I imagine it's going to get quite warm in the case. Not
> to mention
> the dual 420 watt power supplies.
> Cheers
> Daniel

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