- Mar 27, 2005
Just wanted to share a new custom HTPC server that we did for a customer...
We do things a little differently. I am not sure what fan they used but obviously its a Noctua.Is that a Noctua PF-12 being used as a case fan?
I also don't understand why someone would shove so many hard drives into such a small space. Honestly, I don't trust hard drives being that close to each other after I've seen how ridiculously hot they get even with a fan blowing air onto them. I recall having a hard drive start to act flaky on me, and when I tried to take it out, I couldn't. Why? It was too hot for me to handle it! After that, I leave a gap between each drive and still have fans blowing air through them.
The reason why I asked about the Noctua PF-12 being used as a case fan is because everything that I've read about it shows that it's far better suited for being used with a heatsink/radiator (because of the high static pressure). That's actually why I bought one the other week as I wanted to try it out. The $25 price tag made me a little hesitant on buying more than one though.We do things a little differently. I am not sure what fan they used but obviously its a Noctua.
You can tell Windows to spin a drive down regardless of it being in a software RAID or not. However, I don't care much for that feature, because I've had issues with pausing video and having the source drive spin down, which then causes some odd lagging when it spins back up.One of the great things about software raid is the ability to be able to spin down drives when not in use. The case temps are very good.
I wouldn't try that for a large database server that is going to be getting lots of random read/write hits from multiple connections, but for a HTPC it should be fine, few of the HD's will be active at any given time in typical usage, and then it will be mostly sequential read/writes.Although, just because the case temps are good doesn't mean the drives don't get hot.
I have done a lot of testing and R&D. Its much more than "fine".I wouldn't try that for a large database server that is going to be getting lots of random read/write hits from multiple connections, but for a HTPC it should be fine, few of the HD's will be active at any given time in typical usage, and then it will be mostly sequential read/writes.
:thumbsup:I love Green drives and Red drives (5400 RPM) for storage especially for HTPC and HTPC software based servers as I think they are usually the best bang for the buck. I would gladly purchase a red drive for the extra warranty alone but probably would only spend an extra $10 or so.
That's my $.02.