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16 TB Storage in a System No Bigger Than a Shoebox

By ·Categories: Technology·Published On: April 30th, 2010·0.5 min read·

Black Dwarf

Logic Supply recently helped support a project by Will Urbina, a custom computer designer and modder. He created a computer system that contains a storage “mass completely unprecedented for its size”; it is compact, well designed, and really creative. I kind of want one for my office. It looks like a mini jukebox that plays HDDs instead of records. The final project is titled “Black Dwarf,” and you can read about it here.

The donated hardware was a Quanmax KEEX-2030 3.5″ Mainboard and a 120-watt miniature power supply.

You can also view a video of the project here.


About the Author: Kristina Bond

Kristina Bond was the Marketing Director for Logic Supply from 2007 to 2012. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia with an M.F.A. in photography and a B.F.A in photography and communication from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. While technology and Logic Supply remain close to her heart, she moved on from the company in June 2012 to do marketing for the restaurant industry. To get in touch with Kristina, please contact kristina@kristinadrobny.com.
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  1. Benjamin Ellison April 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Very nice… any idea what OS he decided to run?

  2. Ihage May 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I keep my comment simple: I like it very mutch. Where can I buy ??

  3. Kristina May 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

    @ Ihage,
    I don’t believe Will plans to make any of his final projects into sell-able items, which is unfortunate because he creates some really neat stuff! However, it doesn’t hurt to contact him and ask. See his site here for contact info.

  4. Kristina May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    @ Benjamin,
    He’s running Windows 7 right now, but is looking into running other OS’s as well.

  5. Ray May 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Since it’s headless, he could consider running Open Solaris with the zfs file system.

  6. Mike July 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I thought that you weren’t supposed to operate hard drives oriented like that? Maybe I am wrong, but what I have always heard is that running them while they are perfectly vertical or horizontal is fine, but not running them while they are at an angle. The issue was something about the forces applied to the drive as it spins.

  7. Stephen July 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

    @Mike> The problem isn’t the angle its running at, its changing from one angle to another and using them, meaning, if you install with the drive horizontally, it could cause drift if moving to vertical. If the data is loaded when the drive is on an angle, gravity doesn’t change so the heads will still be on par with where they’re supposed to be.

  8. Jason K July 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

    How about the Serener 120W DC-DC Power Converter since it’s no longer available what is the best alternative for the same application? I’m looking to build something similar and need to power 8 to 16 drives.

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