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What would be the benefit of runnning a homeserver?

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Sorry for sounding kind of noobish but what would be the benefits of running a home server?

The only thing I can think of is using one as a file server, but would that be slower than just having the data on my local drive?

I was thinking about building an HTPC. The thing is I can't stand all of the work involved ripping my whole collection and naming every single movie and show correctly so that XBMC recognizes it. I wish shows and movies just kept a standard set of meta data to identify themselves

Would it be better to just FTP files into the HTPC's local hard drives or to use a file server?
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I advice you to write somewhere what are the tasks you want to be taken care of by this new PC, and then decide what is the best for you.

Here are some advantages of HTPC and WHS PCs:

*Home Server with Windows Home Server OS:
+centralized backup, sueful if you have many PCs in the house
+secure access to your shared folders from anywhere in the world thru internet, useful if you travel
+very low power, near silent, even HD streaming can be done with an Atom CPU. In my testing an Atom dual-core can provide 3 simultaneous HD streams to two different PCs
+seamless file duplication (no RAID needed) and easy to add HDD space to the storage pool
+headless server, no need for monitor, mouse, keyboard
-can't actually be used to view HD content, it can stream, but can't render it
-shouldn't be used as a regular PC, using it as a headless server makes it more secure

*HTPC - any OS + XBMC
+can render HD content if you buy more powerful components (like an i3 in stead of an Atom
-needs RAID functionality on the mobo for data duplication
-isn't as "secure" since it's used connected to the internet

Bottom line: my take is that any PC can act as a HTPC is you slap XBMC on it as long as it is reasonably silent and doesn't consume 500W @idle. A home server (on WHS) has the advantage of easy data duplication and infinite expansion to the storage pool without ever bothering with partitions.
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I have to agree with Dragosmp
Please list all the features you want/need

In my case, I just have a descent computer in the basement.
In my living room I just use a 11.6" laptop.
Everything happens on the server:

-Torrent downloads (uTorrent on server & uRemote on laptop)
-webserver
-Router
-Squeezebox server (for my netradio)
-FileZilla FTP server
-Virualization (Virtualbox with one XP test machine)
-Also backup to this server (and it creates duplicates daily)

But what features do you need?
    
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