Hi, I was wondering if i could get some advice from you chaps on what I could do with regards to hard drive space in the future.
I've got my own image-hosting server (http://www.image-upload.org), serving about 10,000 files and the popularity is increasing daily, and each month new visitors are doubling the previous month. Now i've got 320gb of hard drive space and im using about 10gb of this so far, but i'm planning on making it account based in the future.
I've been in contact with a few hosts about their dedicated servers (including my own), in regards to how many hard drives the servers can take and everyone of them say 2 maximum.
Which leaves me in abit of a pickle, as Im not sure what I would do when I need more hard drive space and I've upgraded the drives already.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do? I was thinking about keeping the server I have now, which is rather fast and is more than capable of serving thousands of accounts and images and renting some small low spec server, which allows many more hard drives than normal servers, to serve all the data and use the faster server todo all the sql processes and page serving. Is this possible? Any ideas for alternatives is apprecated.
Yes typically very standard IDE configurations allows 2 drives, and I'm not sure if you could cram anymore into a 1u effectively, but you can definately get around that with RAID. That all depends on the deals you can get though, and you'll want to be careful not to max processing power or anything else. Two servers may still be more economical, but if your investigation proves otherwise, ask them about RAID arrays.
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A normal modern motherboard handles 2 IDE channels. This means you can have 4 IDE drives. Obviously in a 1u box the space is limited as stated above, but most server companies (to my knowledge) don't bother with 1u because of the sheer expense of the case. In fact, alot of companies just use standard miditowers which can be picked up for as little as £8.