Question: What hard drive storage build method (case) do you recommend for a 20+ 3.5" hard drive archival storage environment?
I’m looking to get at least 20 (twenty) hard drives that are 20-22tb+ each drive, for a total of 400tb+, and possibly more over time (if space permits). My anticipated primary use case is for archival storage that will probably fill up most of the terabytes with data and to be read accessible as needed.
- Fractal Define 7 XL fractal-design[dot]com/products/cases/define/define-7-xl/black-tg-dark-tint/
This case supports up to 18 3.5" drives (20-21 according to Linus Tech Tips youtu.be/FAy9N1vX76o?t=231)
- JBOD such as supermicro[dot]com/en/products/chassis?pro=filter%3Dfeature%26feature%3DJBOD
- 24-bay SuperMicro CSE-826SE1C-R1K02JBOD
- 44-bay SuperMicro CSE-847E1C-R1K23JBOD
These server rack cases are a bit more difficult to find to purchase without also configuring with overpriced drives at time of purchase, but also seem to be about 10-20x the cost of the Fractal Define 7 XL case
I’m also considering ease of swappability and physically locating any failing drives to replace, comparing a JBOD rack compared to, for example, the Fractal Define 7 XL case, but also not limited to only those products, and also considering electricity costs to operate 24/7, and I’m not too concerned about noise decibel volume, but of course quieter is better in a personal home environment.
Note: The JBOD or Fractal case are merely examples I considered, and are not intended to be my only options to consider. Any other suggestions are also welcome.