AlleyCat36
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Home network shared drive project

Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:17 pm

Hi im thinking of doing a project with a raspberry pi. I would like to connect it to a touch screen and about 5 ide hard drives and connect a fan to keep them cool, ssh over wifi into it from all the computers in my house and use it as a shared drive for my mp3s etc and 3d print a case for it. I heard the gpio can be expanded. Im pretty new to C++ and electronics but im learning at a reasonable pace :-D Is this project feasable? Thanks.

HiroProtagonist
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Re: Home network shared drive project

Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:16 am

All things are possible in an infinite universe grasshopper.

You'll need IDE to USB adapters for the drives, and a USB hub of course.

Or were you thinking of trying to interface to IDE via GPIO? That could be .... interesting.

AlleyCat36
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Re: Home network shared drive project

Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:11 pm

Hi thanks for getting back to me :D . Yes I'm thinking of doing it over gpio. Will I have to write a driver for it? I would enjoy to attempt that. Thanks

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rpdom
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Re: Home network shared drive project

Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:16 pm

I suppose in theory you could hack a simple IDE type interface from the GPIO pins with suitable buffering. Getting it to work at a usable speed would be unlikely though.

Much better to have a USB hub and a bunch of USB-PATA adaptors and accept that USB will be a bottleneck (but much faster than GPIO). Ideally just have one very large drive, unless you are thinking of running RAID.

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Re: Home network shared drive project

Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:21 pm

adieu

My other Computer is an Asus CS10 ChromeBit running Chrome Operating System.
HP Envy 4500 Wireless Printer supported by HPLIP software in Raspbian Buster.
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rpdom
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Re: Home network shared drive project

Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:26 pm

Startech do produce good stuff, but it can be a bit pricey... and ouch, that is a bit :(

Also to use IDE drives instead of SATA-III you need to buy additional adaptors at £22+vat each on top of the £162+vat of the docking bay :o

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Re: Home network shared drive project

Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:40 pm

rpdom wrote:
Startech do produce good stuff, but it can be a bit pricey... and ouch, that is a bit :(

Also to use IDE drives instead of SATA-III you need to buy additional adaptors at £22+vat each on top of the £162+vat of the docking bay :o
Actually just purchasing a USB 3 2.5" Drive of 1 or 2TB would cheaper. :shock:

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 489935.htm
adieu

My other Computer is an Asus CS10 ChromeBit running Chrome Operating System.
HP Envy 4500 Wireless Printer supported by HPLIP software in Raspbian Buster.
Raspberry Pi Model 2B v1.1

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