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hi, should i build a cheap computer with 3-4 HDD's as a backup for my family's computers? or would i be better off getting 3-4 external HDD's

would one computer with 4 HDD's be more covenant to access rather than 4 separate external HDD's

and can anyone suggest a moutherbourd and cpu i should use if i am to build a storage computer?
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Server or external?
i personally went with a file server (storage computer) for that purpose, having a single location accessible by all computers on the network is great. but whether it'll be useful to you is another matter. I try to keep the file server on as much as I can as I typically access it frequently and keep an in-home vent channel open, but I seem to be the only one.
If you'll solely use it as backup device, external's not a bad idea. since you won't need to have it on or hooked up all the time. it's also easier on space, but that's debatable.

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and if it's just a file server you don't need anything powerful at all, i've frequently seen "slow", low-wattage ITX cpu/board combos get used. if you'll be adding features to it (i.e. webhosting, ftp, hosting a dedicated game server for LANs) you'll probably want something faster, but i don't know what those requirements are.

mine runs xubuntu and shares using the standard Samba protocol which i've found very useful in preventing my family members from saving things in or deleting things from folders they shouldn't.

Here's basic, small footprint setups:
ITX single core low-end, DDR1, no onboard RAID, 10/100 LAN - it'll work
Jetway board w/ Via C3
Masscool 4-port PCI-to-SATA card
+ RAM
+ OS
+ ITX case (small footprint)
+ hard drive(s) of choice

ITX single core step-up, DDR2, onboard RAID, gigabit LAN - pretty close to what I use, sucks these ITX ones weren't out when I built mine
Asus ITX-220
Masscool 4-port PCI-to-SATA card (optional, 2 ports on board)
+ RAM
+ OS
+ ITX case (small footprint)
+ hard drive(s) of choice

Note: neither of these setups will fare well with, say, an intensive RAID 5 setup. but a simple RAID 1 for redundancy's sake is fine.
of course you can bump up to dual core Atoms or an Matx setup (either chip maker works, they've both got good low-wattage options). but to be honest, I haven't been following the trends with those two so I can't toss up a build for one off the top of my head
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Core i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Extreme6 2GB EVGA GTX670 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wave and RT-101 Mechanical 750w Antec Truepower New Custom Chenming 901B Logitech MX1000 
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I have my 24/7 torrent/Folding machine work as a network drive, about 200GB worth. I have had to use the backups on that machine before, so it has saved me.
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i think i will look into building a computer for my backups i have a few small case's around that i could use, and already have a few small PSU's all im lacing is RAM, CPU and moutherbourd

thanks for the help guys
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