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So my current build is below, and right now I have a single 500 GB for my boot drive, and then a single 2 TB internal for over 500 SD movies, 25+ seasons of SD TV, 50 GB of music, and about 10 GB of images, photos, and wallpapers.

I know that I need to get at the very least a second 2 TB drive for a backup of the media. I am more concerned about my media than having my boot drive crash and lose the little bit of game data I cannot live without. I also have a 500 GB external that I have duped my important files, photos, and some rare movies, and my entire music collection.

I will be buying a second 2 TB drive very soon to at least backup this media.

My question is this:

Should I start looking at cheap options (second hand or earlier generation parts) to do a very cheap, but entirely separate build to use as an HTPC to store this media for ~$200 not including storage? Or should I use the computing power I have in my main rig, and simply build an HDD rack. I am looking for redundancy and expansion. I would like to get up to 6 TB of data, and then backup for that, so I am looking at probably 6 2TB drives or more.

The thing is that in my current living situation, streaming isn't necessarily important. My main rig sits in the same room as my TV/surround sound/couch and is already hooked up via HDMI cable, so I currently don't stream my movies, I just watch them from my PC on the TV. In my bedroom, I never watch the movies from my PC, it would be a nice option, but as of right now have no plans on a front end for my bedroom. I do have a laptop running Fedora, so if I could even just access the movies and music from the main rig through the laptop, I would be happy. I don't need a full HTPC experience in the bedroom.

So I guess, tl;dr, Should I build a new system for HTPC, or should I just buy some HDD racks, get enough storage for backup, and run it through my existing set up. Thanks in advance for any advice!

I am leaning
post #2 of 5
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I am starting to lean towards getting one of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816111045

And then getting a standalone PSU (what wattage would I need?)

My only problem is I don't think I have enough SATA connectors on my motherboard. What do I do about that??
post #3 of 5
you can purchase a pci express card that has sata ports and use that if you have space in your case for the additional harddrives... if not, then i would build or get a NAS
post #4 of 5
If you're not concerned with making a dedicated machine for storing everything, using the item you listed along with a SATA card will be good enough. If you want it powered by its own PSU, you only need like 100W, hard drives will idle at maybe 5W but at spinup could draw 20W. Or even just buying a dual bay external and put in 2 3TB drives should last awhile. Or this

Though in the future you want a dedicated backup/streaming machine, building a NAS or home server might better but cost a little more right now. I built a server cause my household has three TVs so it's nice to be able to watch everything on any TV. I also schedule backups to it. And for the most important stuff, I have an offline set of hard drives that I sync to every now and then.

Also to stream to your Fedora laptop, you can setup a Windows Share or use Ubuntu to share. Then connect to it with your laptop and hook it up to your bedroom TV
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post #5 of 5
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You guys are great!

I think right now I am going to get a couple of extra drives, and just run it on a rack for right now, will pick up a sata card too.

I think once I move out of this apartment, into either a multibedroom or a house, the NAS option will be perfect, and by then, drives will be even bigger. I am going to buy a second 2 TB for backups today, then once I start meeting capacity on the first 2 TB drive, I will get the tower, PSU, and card, and get 2 3TB drives. Thanks for the help!
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