Currently I have 3 IDE Seagate Barracuda HDD in 3x Icy Box External Enclosure IB-351UE-B-BL. They are daisy chained via firewire (for those of you not familiar with the term daisy chain. It means connected to each other in turn and then to the pc).
This solution to my storage needs is causing problems 1. they're no that quiet! 2. they're not that cool. 3. Using the daisy chain method will eventually result in poor speed as bandwidth is taken up. They do look cool though:)
What i'd ideally like is some form of server esq storage system built into an old case or perhaps a new one. Capable of handling several HDDs. (8+ if possible to future proof) Ideally this would link to my HTPC via the minimum of cables. Perhaps through my ethernet hub.
A solution I would like but is above my budget ishttp://www.atechfabrication.com/products/mass_storage.htm
Is there any solutions I could use/create more cheaply than the above?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.