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If you don't wanna go raid, you can also use Windows Server Backup. Extremely easy to setup. I have my server backing up once a day and because its incremental it doesn't use all that much space.
 
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Do you really need 6TB HDD space? If this was my build, I'd go with a couple of 2TB (or 2 pairs of 1TB drives) in RAID1. In this situation you are just going for redundancy instead of speed, and data won't be spread over multiple drives, so your built in RAID controller should be sufficient.
Well yah, I alreay have 4.5tb's of drives and its getting full. I have a decent movie, tv etc. collection.

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I built my homeserver on a fairly simular spec pc, except it is a dual core pII unlocked to triple core.

Once the hardware was put together, I first tried using Win7, then I downloaded the trial of Windows Home Server, ran that for a month and then went out and bought it. I find the built in drive extender works well for me, managing 7.5TB of data on 6X1.5TB drives is very easy with it. The automatic backup utility is one of my favorite features. Having 3 PC's that I use on a regular basis, and another 4 PC's for folding and having them all backed up every day without error or problem is very nice. I also use it as a personal web server, the Live HFM Stats link in my sig is one of the pages I serve off of it. Of course I store all my music and movies on it, and can stream to any PC's or PS3's on my local network with ease in 1080P. I also have a tv tuner card installed, and running Sage TV my server is also my PVR, which using Save TV Placeshifter I can stream live cable,or my recorded TV to any local PC, or remote PC over the net. My co-workers like watching my cable TV when we're on lunch break.

If your looking at a server level OS, and WHS's features suit your needs I would reccomend it. Also take a look around at the many add-ins people have created for it to expand on its capabilities. Aside from loosing the drive extender, the new version WHS Vail which is now in beta may be something you want to consider as well. I however will be either sticking with WHS v1 or moving up to a Small Business Server variety.

When I first saw WHS I thought it was cool but I really want a normal OS. I know people have made lots of plug ins but I would like to just be able to install whatever program like normal.

I actually meent server 2008, guess I should title.

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If you don't wanna go raid, you can also use Windows Server Backup. Extremely easy to setup. I have my server backing up once a day and because its incremental it doesn't use all that much space.
Your talking about just backing up the OS's right? I'm not too concerned with that. I was looking not lose my media.
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When I first saw WHS I thought it was cool but I really want a normal OS. I know people have made lots of plug ins but I would like to just be able to install whatever program like normal.

I actually meent server 2008, guess I should title.

You can still access a WHS machine normally with keyboard,mouse and monitor, log in just like a normal server. The built in control console is useful for some things, but I often just log in the typical fasion. You can also install anything you want on it, provided it will run on Server2003, you can make it work in WHS. I have two folding at home clients that fold on GPU's in that machine during special events and whatnot...
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Your talking about just backing up the OS's right? I'm not too concerned with that. I was looking not lose my media.
No, it backups what ever you want it to backup. For me I do a 1:1 backup of all my movies daily. The backup is incremental, so it will only backup what is new or changed. If I don't add anything, it still creates a backup without using more room.
 
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WHS = 32 bit Server 2003 with some other stuff added in.

The new (not yet released) version of WHS is Server 2008 x64. They took away the drive spanning feature and some other stuff, but have added features as well.

WHS really just makes things easy. You can do the same stuff with just server 2008 (or 2003), but the setup is more complicated. It is a nice way to go if you want to learn more about the Server 200X software.
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Will server 2008 run pretty much anything that win 7 will. As far as programs?
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Will server 2008 run pretty much anything that win 7 will. As far as programs?
Yes.

Be aware that you may have to install extra stuff to get games and such running. Some reports indicate the Server 2008 is also fatser. I can not confirm this. I used Server 2008 for a workstation build and the customer was reporting that certain programs would not run. Come to find out he was trying to run games and such. I think it was a simple issue of DirectX not being installed. THe UAC is also pretty strict on Server 2008, but that is easy to change.

Read this:

http://superuser.com/questions/84526...ows-7-ultimate
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Ok thanks +rep

I have no intention to run games or anything like that. Just don't want to run into errors with common apps that I will install.
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Ok thanks +rep

I have no intention to run games or anything like that. Just don't want to run into errors with common apps that I will install.
You will run into problems.

The OS is flagged as a Server OS. You can't install basic things like a Free Anti-Virus program; it won't work.
    
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You will run into problems.

The OS is flagged as a Server OS. You can't install basic things like a Free Anti-Virus program; it won't work.
Check some of the links to the Server 2008 workstation. There is a way to configure the system so it does not appear as a server OS when installing programs.
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