Post by azigni
The last SSD I purchased was ~$50 for 500 gigs. I would buy and purchase
a new SSD for what you are using now. No need to spend that much $ for a
The thing is tho' I still would like to keep my /home folder on a
My setup is all in a large tower when I was using 4 HD's, but now they
are not needed, and just would like to go smaller.
If "going smaller" is the primary driver for this exercise, then why not
consider one of those mini desktop PCs ?
A few years ago I picked up a Dell Optiplex (760 I think) in a charity
shop. Its in a fairly small desktop case and has a proprietay
motherboard arrangement. I managed to find a low profile graphics card
for it so that I can use twin screens and it performed OK when I stuck a
quad core CPU in it and uprated the memory.
I remember at the time I got on to the Dell web site and discovered that
these macines came in 4 different case sizes, and that mine was NOT the
Heres the useful bit though ... I took out the 3.5 inch spinning rust
drive and replaced it with a pair of 2.5 inch drives. On eBay I found an
adaptor widget for a few quid which holds a pair of 2.5 inch drives in a
cage which then fits in to the hole vacated by the 3.5 inch drive.
This particular case has a blanking plate to cover a 2nd 3.5 inch space,
probably intended for a floppy. So the end result is a compact sized PC
with space for 4 hard drives - I would guess that its half the size of
my tower case.
Anyway, its just one way to cater for your desire for more physical
drives in a smaller case.
You have not said anything about what the machine is used for or what
sort of CPU horsepower or memory you would like, so its a bit difficult
to be any more specific.