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Thread: Article: PC Enthusiast Builds 70TB Loaded PC with 40 Fans

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    Why so many small fans? Think it would be cheaper to have just a few

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    Quote Originally Posted by brilman View Post
    Why so many small fans? Think it would be cheaper to have just a few
    One large fan would be cheaper, quieter (run at a really small RPM), and all around more efficient (cost efficiency, power efficiency, airflow efficiency).

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    Window fan would've done the trick. One blowing in and other out.

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    If he's sticking with the open top style do you really think one giant fan would be safe? But I guess that's what mesh is for lol
    Because there's that ridge at the bottom is there an real air flow to the hard drives anyway?

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    Raise the drives off the floor by about a foot or two, then have a normal fan directing air to the base of the unit. Since heat rises, and air is being forced from below, the units should keep quite cool.

    Another option would be to have greater spacing between each unit, allowing natural airflow, as a single hard drive does not normally need cooling. In addition, drives usually have power saving options, so that when they are not being used, they go into a sleep mode, using less power and generating less heat.

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    it doesn't really sound like this guy is concerned about the efficiency of the system - i mean, 60 drives and ONLY 70 TB of storage? Unless he's got these running multiple RAID configurations, which it doesn't appear or mention, then he could have easily done the same storage for a lot less hardware.

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    The noise... can you imagine?

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    This is hideous and pointless, unless he has a business of people using all these files (films/music) why not just hotplug the drive you want when you need it?

    If a drive becomes full or you just want to keep a daily record of what you put on your drives, use a script called GetDirListing.bat
    http://renegademinds.com/TipsTricks/...6/Default.aspx

    Then to scan the output of that file, use a program called "prgrep"
    http://www.prgrep.com/?lng=en
    Then you don't have to waste money on electric bills running all those damn drives.
    If its a raid array setup, that's just overkill.
    Last edited by darkstate01; 10-27-2010 at 12:22 AM.

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