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Disk Array for Laptop USB3

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:38 pm
by AnotherBrian
Looking to add more disk space for zoneminder while keeping a small footprint.

Using an older dvd laptop, I swapped out the dvd for a sata drive holder - that works nice - so I have two drives in a single laptop. Long term though this is no good because as a laptop ugrade many have gone with ssd and no dvd drive.

My guess here is to use usb3 interface on the laptop with a disk array attached for 2.5 inch (small) drives. are there cheap disk arrays available with power built in? An option is a small rack and then use a power usb3 hub to connect the drives to the laptop.

any suggestions appreciated

Re: Disk Array for Laptop USB3

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:11 pm
by bbunge
Using a laptop hard drive for an always on system is not a great idea. One way to go would be to use a ssd for the OS and an external, powered USB (desktop) drive for storage. Better yet look for a used desktop and a good WD hard drive. There are places that get PC's to recycle and a lot of those used PC's have life left in them. My current production server is a donated Dell i5 medium format with a used WD Black 1 tb drive.

Re: Disk Array for Laptop USB3

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:41 am
by AnotherBrian
Ya i figured using the ssd for the os. the medium formats look like they have similar disk quantity limitations.

why isn't using a laptop a good idea? I've been running for 3 years on an old dell laptop i7-3540M with 8 FHD cams recording at 5 fps. zoneminder reports a load of 7. I find the 2tb+1tb drives limiting the amount of data.