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Ok so I have a similar thread in the htpc section and its had no hits, so I will try here.

I have recently realized that I should backup my data... So I want to kill 2 birds with one stone. I only want to backup a few files and all our pics and be able to watch netflix for cheap. I was looking at the Patriot BoxOffice and an internal drive. I would like to rip all my movies to it and the aforementioned stuff. Would this work for this purpose? I know it wont be super fast transfer speeds but I really dont plan of accessing it alot.
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personally i would setup your NAS as a seperate unit. It's just how i personally do things. But if you want..you could combine the both.
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personally i would setup your NAS as a seperate unit. It's just how i personally do things. But if you want..you could combine the both.
Normally I would but money is short right now.
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I have a friend that was is looking into using a HP Prolaint "Microserver" for something like this. He's going to use it as a NAS and media server, for 320$. Has space for 4 3.5", didn't seem like a bad deal, just provide the OS n config.. Don't know if this will help.

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I use my nas as a backup + media streamer. I built the cheapest AMD computer I could using new parts for ~200 bucks (minus HDDs) and got a free version of windows server 2008 from my education acount. Its rocking about 13TB or HDDs which is the expensive part, but its all redundant. I moved all the data from my sig rig to it, and kept a 2TB drive on my sig rig for documents/games/pics whatever and do a software backup to the NAS. I've been very pleased with the setup as it is infanately expandable/capable, is asleep most of the time and only draws about 50 watts when its on. I would build my own computer anyday over the packaged "home servers" or whatever but the product you're after is only 100 bucks so.......

I guess its just up to how much money you want to spend. Again, for a bit more than 100 (especialy if you could buy someones used system) you could get a full computer to serve your needs and you would have something much much much better. Just my

Edit: I just looked again and it does not include the 2.5 in drive wich means you can only have a 750gb drive (unless it supports 12.5mm) wich is piddly and non expandable, and another 100 bucks.
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I use my nas as a backup + media streamer. I built the cheapest AMD computer I could using new parts for ~200 bucks (minus HDDs) and got a free version of windows server 2008 from my education acount. Its rocking about 13TB or HDDs which is the expensive part, but its all redundant. I moved all the data from my sig rig to it, and kept a 2TB drive on my sig rig for documents/games/pics whatever and do a software backup to the NAS. I've been very pleased with the setup as it is infanately expandable/capable, is asleep most of the time and only draws about 50 watts when its on. I would build my own computer anyday over the packaged "home servers" or whatever but the product you're after is only 100 bucks so.......

I guess its just up to how much money you want to spend. Again, for a bit more than 100 (especialy if you could buy someones used system) you could get a full computer to serve your needs and you would have something much much much better. Just my

Edit: I just looked again and it does not include the 2.5 in drive wich means you can only have a 750gb drive (unless it supports 12.5mm) wich is piddly and non expandable, and another 100 bucks.
Much better idea!
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