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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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

Retired disgracefully.....

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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
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