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a quick story. Over the last several years, I've bought more DVD and Bluray movies, tv shows than I can count. I travel a lot for work so ive always carried an external HD with me. I was robbed at one point, didn't really lose a whole lot, accept for my entire DVD collection which I had in 2 binders. Fortunately for me, I had all of my movies backed up on an external HD. yay me! well about 2 months later, I was copying my external to my NAS and the whole thing crapped out. I ended up losing about 800GB of stuff. I was sad but it wasn't the end of the world.

now about a year later with my Seagate 2TB external I await my new file server components to include new HDs. I had the great idea that I would remove the Seagate disc from its enclosure and place it into another enclosure that has esata for faster xfer and now its dead... I didn't drop it, its too humid here for static. I just wont spin up.
Everything really is gone this time... that was the last of it.

That being said, this isn't going to happen again! seriously, Ive got my credit card out, and im making an order tonight!
FILE SERVER BACKUP!!!

recommendations?
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What's your budget? My setup back then was almost 1k for the raid card alone. My array gets replicated out 1:1 to a set of 2TB drives every couple of days.
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What's your budget? My setup back then was almost 1k for the raid card alone. My array gets replicated out 1:1 to a set of 2TB drives every couple of days.
9TB raid6?

budget? I could do 1K. I have a few item i ordered on monday, should be here on monday. The Idea is to create a low power file server and expand my storage size. I'd by happy backing up stuff once a week. Although I hate using them as user unfriendly as they are, an Ultrium tape would probably work.


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RAID card is a bit overkill if you're just occasionally moving around files.
You could get away with a cheap sempron or something and use software RAID in Linux.
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RAID card is a bit overkill if you're just occasionally moving around files.
You could get away with a cheap sempron or something and use software RAID in Linux.
thats what I was thinking. something like this sounds good and has good reviews. what do you guys think?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817198044
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I find mass storage problems and solutions to be a very interesting subject. My interest is not in saving my personal collection (as I do not have one) but helping others that choose to have hard copies of their music,movies etc. My question is,just what is the motivating factor in having a hard copy for, lets say a DVD that is available from a streaming service? Perhaps what you want is not available in streaming form? Or you want to make sure if your original purchased DVD gets damaged you have another copy, these are good reasons for sure.Any music I want I just download from Rhapsody and movies it is NetFlixs. Netflixs selection is poor but getting better.I do have a small collection of historical documentaries that I would not like to loose. Maybe you want to watch a DVD and internet service is not available,another good reason.

I think I am going to load up one rig for WHS operation and just see how well it handles mass storage work, perhaps I find out this is not exactly the job WHS was intended for. When I say "load up" I mean add more of the same type hdd's.
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Rabble rabble
What point exactly are you trying to make?

Fileserver greatly outclasses having a huge thing of DVD's for the following reasons:
1) No sorting or keeping track of what data is on what disk
2) full array capacity instantly available
3) You don't need 'internet' for it to work, just your home network.
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I find mass storage problems and solutions to be a very interesting subject. My interest is not in saving my personal collection (as I do not have one) but helping others that choose to have hard copies of their music,movies etc. My question is,just what is the motivating factor in having a hard copy for, lets say a DVD that is available from a streaming service? Perhaps what you want is not available in streaming form? Or you want to make sure if your original purchased DVD gets damaged you have another copy, these are good reasons for sure.Any music I want I just download from Rhapsody and movies it is NetFlixs. Netflixs selection is poor but getting better.I do have a small collection of historical documentaries that I would not like to loose. Maybe you want to watch a DVD and internet service is not available,another good reason.
my problem is that i spend most of the year (90%) living out of a suit case in some of the darker corners of this earth. most of the time, i don't have internet.

::EDIT::
and i have pay as you go wireless internet for the short time I am home. yeah it works great but its about $40 for 7GB. that equates to a lot considering movie downloads.
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my problem is that i spend most of the year (90%) living out of a suit case in some of the darker corners of this earth. most of the time, i don't have internet.

::EDIT::
and i have pay as you go wireless internet for the short time I am home. yeah it works great but its about $40 for 7GB. that equates to a lot considering movie downloads.
I think beers is questioning what your input has to do with the OP's request?
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