After passings hours reading this and other forums, blogs, and after long pondering I came out with... nothing.
I want to build a NAS able to manage up to 4 2.5" disks which is silent, small and "green". Since I want to be able to use it for some other stuff too I decided for a "generalist" linux distro (ubuntu server looks the right solution).
I fell in love with the Intel D945GSEJT (passive, no need for an external DC-to-DC converter, ...) and I'd like to find a way of building a system around it.
Problem (i): the board only has 2 SATA connectors.
Possible solution (i.1): install a PCI board with 2 additional SATA connectors;
Possible solution (i.2): install an IDE to SATA converter (like this one: http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=11623
I know both solutions are sub-optimal but I'm not looking at things like saturating a Gigabit ethernet. As long as it run as fast as an external USB drive I'm more than happy; but I want to be sure I'm not missing something that I could regret later. Opinions on which is the best solution (and if they make sense)?
Problem (ii): which case? I want it to be as small as possible and I do not want no fans. Drives like the toshiba MK6465GSX run with less than 2W and produce very limited heat so even "crowded" solutions are okay: the space is a priority. Looking around I've not been able to find a mini-ITX case able to host 4 2.5" drives of decent size.
I'm start thinking that I could use a small case with built-in power supply, remove it and use the freed space for the 2 additional drives, but which one?
I'm also wondering if a M300 from mini-box could do the job by using the space that is meant for the picoPSU...
Ideally I want to stay away from anything with a long side reaching the 300mm mark. Longer side <= 240mm would be great!
All comments and suggestions are welcome!