I had some spare parts laying around from an old Thinkpad x230 and this was the result:
I still need to fix everything inside of a case and maybe find a better power source for the disks, but most of the work is done.
Tricky part was connecting the two 3.5" HDDs to it, but sorted out with the help of a dock station with eSATA and some unusual SATA cables.
Setup / Parts used:
- (bottom-half of a) Lenovo Thinkpad x230 laptop
- Dock station (with eSATA connector) + laptop power brick (not in picture)
- WD Red 4TB connected with SATA-to-eSATA cable to the dock station
- WD Red 4TB connected with male-to-female SATA cable to internal SATA
- Old HDD IDE-USB enclosure with external power supply (PSU not in picture) used to power both HDDs (with power splitter)
- OMV installed on 120GB mSATA SSD (internal mSATA connector)
- Gigabit Ethernet connection
- RAID1 setup on the HDDs, some VMs on the SSD (the main reason why I didn't use an USB pen for the OS)
Total power consumption from the wall:
- cpu idle and HDDs sleeping: 13W
- cpu idle and HDDs spinning but idle: 18.5W
- cpu low load and HDDs busy: 21-29W
- cpu heavy load and HDDs busy: 39-44W
I might be able to lower those numbers 2-3W with a more efficient power source for the HDDs.