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I already have 2x3GB HDDs and a 64GB SSD boot drive inside my mATX HTPC case. There is no more room for additional drives and I need more space. Should I just buy external drives from here on out and plug them into USB? This will add clutter to the media center storage space. Is there any other way I can make it work without having a bunch of external HDD's side by side? Also, I would be open to purchasing a better mATX HTPC case with PSU if it allows for more than 3 drives and looks decent.

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You could use a NAS and then hide it out of your view. You could easily add more storage.

(I assume you mean 3TB and not 3GB. tongue.gif

Although a new case it probably your best option.
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Yeah I suggest either something like this Synology or maybe a case like GD07 where you can install like 10 disks inside! (thats what I'm doing)
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My HTPC only has the SSD. All data is stored elsewhere on the network. Even 1080P HD can stream on a 100 mbit network. I have a HP N40L microserver running windows server 2008 R2, with 4 Samsung 2TB in a RAID 5.
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post

My HTPC only has the SSD. All data is stored elsewhere on the network. Even 1080P HD can stream on a 100 mbit network. I have a HP N40L microserver running windows server 2008 R2, with 4 Samsung 2TB in a RAID 5.

This sounds like a good option. Just wondering, but what happens if you want to add more / bigger HDDs to your HP N40L microserver?
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Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post

This sounds like a good option. Just wondering, but what happens if you want to add more / bigger HDDs to your HP N40L microserver?

My question would be how much stuff do you need to keep?

I have 1 T dedicated to each TV and movies. I have at least 100 hours of TV I have yet to watch, and that grows every week with new shows. Every like 6 months I'll purge out old stuff too. I remember things well, so I don't care to keep lots of movies around I'm not going to watch. Also, I have 2 servers. The N40L is a Windows 2008 server and my home built one is running linux. It's my playground and I have shows on there my wife doesn't want to watch, so why put them on the shares she can see. In all I'm not even using 3 T with all those movies and tv combined accross both servers. And this isn't panzey little SD 480P recorded stuff. Almost all the content is 720P.

Basically, I don't feel I need to add another drive for a long time. As long as I keep my 1 T quotas on each directory, and clean up I doubt I'll upgrade until 720 is dull and I need to have at least 1080. However I don't see that being an issue for years.
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