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I have been waffling back and forth on whether i want to snag a 4bay NAS or take a box i have now and just fill it with drives and something free, like freeNAS... i could probably make it work in Ubuntu as well...

in any case, i am currently converting our movies to digital and i need to get serious about where we are going to store them... right now, its a hodgepodge of files on my pc, on my gf's pc, my daughters... the living room... they're EVERYWHERE...

i would like to have a bit of security with it, in case a drive goes bad, because these files also include all of the videos and pictures i have, of my daughter. I was thinking a raid5 array would suffice and give me the performance i need to stream movies across the home network.

None of our movies are 1080p so i wasn't really shooting for the performance tha would allow me to stream those... however, we DO have a blu-ray player and will eventually be buying more BR-DVD movies. I imagine at that point, i could modify whatever i have, but i'm not really concerned about it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? What do you use at home, for your digital media storage?
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post #2 of 9
Personally I use a 2 bay synology nas. Works for my needs.

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post #3 of 9
I have my linux server with samba shares. There are DLNA packages that will do streaming. So you could home build.
post #4 of 9
I built a Home Server and use Windows Home Server 2011.
All videos, pics and music stream from there as well as having all my computers backed up to it. I have all files duplicated on the server and have important files (pics mainly) on an external drive I back up to weekly.
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im using a Synology 2 bay + a 5bay extender as seen in my sig.. works great and very easy to set up, only con is can be expensive
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I just use my main rig as a DLNA server as it's on 24/7. I also have it setup where I can log on to it with my laptop both from home and on the road. Was thinking about getting a NAS drive, but it wouldn't be any better as only I use the network at home. If I had a few people besides me, then I'd go for a NAS this way it's computer independent.
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Windows Home Server V1 with Drive Extender does folder-based duplication across asymmetrical HDDs for me.
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oh man, lots more options than i even realized...

i am somewhat intrigued by freenas and some of the ways people have used it... maybe even a VM with freenas running backups and i could have a copy of the VM backed up as well...

this is awesome info guys, i have some reading to do tonight...
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oh man, lots more options than i even realized...
i am somewhat intrigued by freenas and some of the ways people have used it... maybe even a VM with freenas running backups and i could have a copy of the VM backed up as well...
this is awesome info guys, i have some reading to do tonight...

freeNAS is awsome, especially the ZFS (Zettabyte File System) and RAID Z.. there are some good links in my incomplete NAS thread in my sig thumb.gif
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I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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