Originally Posted by Chipp
As for connecting the server to the rest of his computers, you will want at least a Gigabit network. Depending on how many computers he wants hooked up, you'll need a Gigabit hub/switch
, gigabit NICs
if his motherboards don't already have them, and lots of Cat6 cable. For large runs, I suggest buying in bulk OEM
and making your own cables. Saves money, and you get the exact length you need. I like yellow, because it shows up easily in attics/crawl spaces.
This is all covered, house is wired in Belden cat6 and Belden quad shield Coax, his switch is a 10/100/1000 already, and his PC's have 1GB NIC on board. I do not really think bandwidth will be an issue, its mostly for the space. On an bad day 3 PC's in the house might all be streaming movies to each room, most of his movies are going to be ripped from his DVD's, he will only have a small selection of HD movies on this server. And Data loss is a big issue because thats lots of hours of ripping movies. Guy right now has 3 400+3 disc DVD changers that are completly full, so we are talking about getting ride of the changers because he cant add anymore into this setup. And he has his media center PC we build him and he loves it so much he wants it to take over for his hole system. So 3 x 400+3 disc changers trade in for 7TB file server for his movies, and they can access it upstairs. And if there 360 will read the server easy then his son might watch movies off it sometimes. The next problem will be setting up a P:\\ that only him and his wife have access to.
Fiber is not really an option in this setup, we would have to buy 3 x the amount of equipment then we do for just this project. I am thinking we might have to have a custom case made to hold on this Hard Drives. I only wanted to do a raid so that
1) there would only be 1 or 2 or 3 drive letters or folders that we setup
2) DATA loss is a big issue
I like this raid 6 concept, how ever if a drive fails how do we know? You just check on it one day and see the 1 extra on is now running? Thanks for the great info and links! As for HD's he is pretty sold on the WD RE drives with the million hour rating.