I have 10 External USB drives attached with my desktop.

Each has its own power and USB cable + USB extension/extender.

Its looking very messy and i am thinking of opening the case and then take out internal SATA drives and put them in some enclosue box

now i have these queries

  1. What enclosure i can use which can have 10 sata drives
  2. How can i join the enclosure to my desktop and what will be speed of that
  3. I searched internet but could not find what we call that product

I don't want to use any RAID , just plain disks attached to computer


If its possible i can get separate computer with all disks attached and then use that as Fileserver. But i am not sure network speed speed will same as DAS


It depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you have an eSATA port, I have seen external enclosures with SATA port multipliers that handle at least 6 drives off the single eSATA port. These are relatively affordable and will perform much better than USB2. If money is no object, you want an external SAS enclosure but will need to pop for a SAS controller to go with it, and this gets expensive quick. This can easily allow for full performance of all drives at once, compared to only 3 Gbps shared between all drives in a single eSATA-II connected enclosure with port multiplier.

  • can you show some photo of how does external sata enclosure look like – user1721949 Apr 29 '14 at 6:51
  • @user1721949, put the name in the search box at newegg.com or something and you will find a bunch. They come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, but the principal is simply that it's a box that holds drives, has a power supply and fan, and one or more SAS or SATA connectors. – psusi Apr 29 '14 at 13:43

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