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My IT department has a bunch of older 160/320GB Drives. I'd like to use them in a build-your-own NAS device. What limitations exist in regards to the maximum number of drives that can be connected to typical commodity hardware that might be used in a situation like this?

EDIT okay I like to specify my question is

  • what to search for to find a storage controller which can handle many drives. I simply cannot find the right search terms.
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closed as not constructive by Sven, Dave M, Tom O'Connor, jftuga, ewwhite Nov 12 '12 at 16:33

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I edited out the part where you ask for a specific product and list a price. All shopping questions are off-topic here. Honestly, this question will probably still be closed, but maybe not. – MDMarra Nov 12 '12 at 16:11
Attaching "hundreds" of used, low capacity, low RPM, presumably IDE drives into a NAS array is an awful idea, however. Yeah, you can do it, but you can also stick a fork into the electrical outlet... which actually sounds less painful. – HopelessN00b Nov 12 '12 at 16:21
To address your edit (the one that likely got this question closed), call your preferred hardware vendor. That's the kind of question that they get paid to answer. – MDMarra Nov 12 '12 at 16:36

You can attach as many as your selected storage controller, port replicators/backplanes, and Operating System can handle.

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Over 9000...... – Tom O'Connor Nov 12 '12 at 16:19

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