I apologise if this isn't an appropriate question for this forum.
I've an elderly server that works well and that I'd therefore prefer not to scrap entirely. But I would like to replace the current U320 drives with SAS/SATA drives as the old ones wear out.
I could do that as a batch job by simply pulling the U320 drives, putting SAS/SATA drives in their place, and hooking them up directly with cables in place of the current backplane. But I'd lose the hot-swap capability, so I'd rather not go that route.
The alternative is to find, or kludge, a backplane. If I could find small cards each with power and data connectors for one drive, I could assemble them. Or, if I could find pre-made backplanes for horizontal rows of 6 drives mounted vertically with connectors on 32mm centers, I could use those.
All constructive suggestions welcomed!
Since I can't add a comment...
Thanks for your responses, and you've (especially Evan, who sounds like a Scot) pretty much convinced me. I'm a Scot, and genetically cheap, so it'll be a wrench. I won't mention what that old server is since you're already laughing and I'd hate for anyone to stroke out :-) but it belongs to me and, far from gathering dust in a garage, is in daily use as a toy webserver for development. It's really quite a nice old thing.
So my current plan is to leave it in place in its current role with the U320s, and build up a new server running FreeNAS to concentrate all the SAS/SATA storage that's now distributed across the LAN. Does that sound reasonable?