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I've gotta run, but if you setup a jumpdrive for the OS, make sure to enable ramdisk (using the ram as a hard drive) think that's the term I'm trying to remember) for OS as the tiny writes for the OS will wear down the flash memory within a few months at best.
Settings not specifically saved to the jumpdrive won't remain after a reboot, but your drive will thank you.

Someone please correct me if I'm mis-remembering this.
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Your hardware is fine for what you want to do. Win 7 X64 is solid enough to run 24/7, has WMC built in and you can configure it to be as tight as you want with password protection etc.
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Originally Posted by Beeiilll View Post
Thanks for the ideas so far (I think).

So would I be better off to set this up as an NAS for now and get my storage requirements out of the way and then build an HTPC later on?
I figure that I have everything to do an NAS right now with the exception of the hard drives and I am going to order a couple within the next day or so once I find a good deal on them.
I also figured that using FreeNas would allow me to use the CD that I have and a USB stick instead of having to use another HD for an OS? I have only burned the FreeNas software onto a CD as of now so I don't know anything about it yet. LOL
I do have an old IDE 40GB drive I could use if I have too.

I was just thinking that if I could do an HTPC/Storage system in one box then it would sort of kill 2 birds with one stone so to speak.
I'm not a gamer so the only thing the HTPC will be for is web surfing and probably watching movies. It would be nice to think future uses though if possible.
I also realize that this E8400 and 680iLT MB are probably not the best for an HTPC system?
I look forward to more ideas.
Thanks
Bill
The only thing about making one machine an HTPC/Server is noise and heat. A machine with a large number of drives requires space and cooling adding noise and heat. I would keep them seperate and would use WHSv1 since it has drive extender in it. It also has file duplication, it can back up all your other PCs, it also has a tie in for WMC on other PCs. Now for the HTPC I would suggest a low power pc with a single hdd. You dont need a large hdd on HTPC because you can stream your movies from your server. If you do a lot of recording the WHS connector will move the recording to the recorded tv folder on the WHS.
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Originally Posted by Beeiilll View Post
Thanks for the ideas so far (I think).

So would I be better off to set this up as an NAS for now and get my storage requirements out of the way and then build an HTPC later on?
I figure that I have everything to do an NAS right now with the exception of the hard drives and I am going to order a couple within the next day or so once I find a good deal on them.
I also figured that using FreeNas would allow me to use the CD that I have and a USB stick instead of having to use another HD for an OS? I have only burned the FreeNas software onto a CD as of now so I don't know anything about it yet. LOL
I do have an old IDE 40GB drive I could use if I have too.

I was just thinking that if I could do an HTPC/Storage system in one box then it would sort of kill 2 birds with one stone so to speak.
I'm not a gamer so the only thing the HTPC will be for is web surfing and probably watching movies. It would be nice to think future uses though if possible.
I also realize that this E8400 and 680iLT MB are probably not the best for an HTPC system?
I look forward to more ideas.
Thanks
Bill
I would personally go for two separate servers. Data storage and sharing is a core network component that should be kept on dedicated hardware and software for reliability. I would not want media center failures to affect data availability at all.

You can also use very low power components for the NAS and run it 24*7 for use by all of your computers. I would suggest FreeNAS, Openfiler or some free *nix variant for the OS.
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The only thing about making one machine an HTPC/Server is noise and heat. A machine with a large number of drives requires space and cooling adding noise and heat. I would keep them seperate and would use WHSv1 since it has drive extender in it. It also has file duplication, it can back up all your other PCs, it also has a tie in for WMC on other PCs. Now for the HTPC I would suggest a low power pc with a single hdd. You dont need a large hdd on HTPC because you can stream your movies from your server. If you do a lot of recording the WHS connector will move the recording to the recorded tv folder on the WHS.
This was my main concern about trying to put everything into one machine, so I guess 2 seperate systems is the way to go.
I assume that you mean to run WHSv1 on both the NAS and the HTPC machine? Or just on the NAS machine and then run somethng like Win 7 on the HTPC to get WMC?

Also, anybody got a link to a place to get WHSv1 for a resonable price?

Thanks
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