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Conor Keating

Planning out expanding storage

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So while 3TB of storage is nothing to scoff at necessarily, I'm starting to feel a bit constrained by the storage space I currently have in my system, that being:

  • A 1TB Gen4 Corsair MP600
  • 2TB WD Black RE2
  • 2 small SATA SSDs (previously functioned as boot drives for my FX-8350 and my old Eee 1018P)

I've got a Cooler Master HAF XB EVO, and while I love having the front drive sleds, I misinterpreted the spec sheet and thought I'd have more drive bays to work with inside the case. Knowing that I can only use the internal bays in either a 2x3.5" or 2x2.5"+1x3.5" (or possibly 4x2.5", though I don't think I have/recieved another bracket for that) configuration, which of those do people here think would work best for a workstation, and with what size drives? I also have another Gen3 NVMe slot on my motherboard that I can populate so as to have at a minimum 2 SSDs.

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i mean honestly if you're using ssds and don't really see yourself hot swapping drives you can just load as many 2.5" ssds as you can in those front slots. you're really only limited to the amount of sata ports you have on your mobo.


CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Boosted to 4400MHz

Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Storage: Silicon Power A55 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Core P3 TG Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: CORSAIR RM850x 80+ Gold Certified
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Monitor: 3x 27" AOC Gaming monitor with QHD 2K 2560x1440 144hz
Keyboard: Logitech G815 
Mouse: Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED
Headphones: Sennheiser RS 175

Mic: Blue Yeti

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well I intend to keep the front sleds open just in case I need to transfer data to/from other drives for file recovery among other things (sneakernet/station-wagon-full-of-tapes-hurtling-down-the-highway transfers, someday getting a proper NAS setup rather than my 1TB WD USB3 drive with the weirdo double wide micro-b connector hooked up to my Pi4). I don't exactly have money to burn so I'm not looking for the absolute most storage I could possibly fit in there/the fastest money could buy, just trying to figure out what would make sense as an upgrade path.

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1 hour ago, Conor Keating said:

Well I intend to keep the front sleds open just in case I need to transfer data to/from other drives for file recovery and things like that.

so are you intending to use the expansion bays then? or are you already using those for cd drives and such?


CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Boosted to 4400MHz

Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Storage: Silicon Power A55 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Core P3 TG Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: CORSAIR RM850x 80+ Gold Certified
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Monitor: 3x 27" AOC Gaming monitor with QHD 2K 2560x1440 144hz
Keyboard: Logitech G815 
Mouse: Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED
Headphones: Sennheiser RS 175

Mic: Blue Yeti

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I will be populating the 5.25" bays too though they're currently empty. Gonna do a Blu-Ray burner and a card reader I think.

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well im 100% not familiar with the case but if you have room anywhere to just stack them. You don't have to mount them especially if they're ssds.


CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Boosted to 4400MHz

Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Storage: Silicon Power A55 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Core P3 TG Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: CORSAIR RM850x 80+ Gold Certified
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Monitor: 3x 27" AOC Gaming monitor with QHD 2K 2560x1440 144hz
Keyboard: Logitech G815 
Mouse: Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED
Headphones: Sennheiser RS 175

Mic: Blue Yeti

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Yeah, now that you mention it I think there might be enough room to toss a couple SSDs in there and populate all of the SATA ports on my motherboard.

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19 minutes ago, Conor Keating said:

Yeah, now that you mention it I think there might be enough room to toss a couple SSDs in there and populate all of the SATA ports on my motherboard.

I would personally mount 2 *high capacity* HDDs with hot swaps. then stash ssds and hide them somewhere.

 

*EDIT*


CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Boosted to 4400MHz

Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Storage: Silicon Power A55 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Core P3 TG Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: CORSAIR RM850x 80+ Gold Certified
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Monitor: 3x 27" AOC Gaming monitor with QHD 2K 2560x1440 144hz
Keyboard: Logitech G815 
Mouse: Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED
Headphones: Sennheiser RS 175

Mic: Blue Yeti

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