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Here is the situation:

I have a server (WHS) that has all my movies, music, and TV shows that I use to stream to other PCs and devices.

I am currently looking at parts to build my HTPC for my living room. (server is upstairs in my office, HTPC will be downstairs in living room). My question is: Since the HTPC will only be holding programs and the OS on the hard drive, is it OK if I just have an SSD drive in there for the OS and programs? Will I be missing anything by not including a 2TB drive?

In addition, I will be running this wireless on my network, so is that ok if I use a Linksys Wireless N USB adapter?
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It will be just fine without it actually since you are using a Windows Home Server. Just make sure the SSD is big enough for those programs.

The USB adapter should be fine assuming it has good signal quality. A poor signal could cause artifacts or stutters if you are streaming HD movies.
    
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Good idea! I would say go for a 60GB ssd. Windows 7 64 bit takes up 20gb. That will leave you 40GB to play with.
    
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It will be just fine without it actually since you are using a Windows Home Server. Just make sure the SSD is big enough for those programs.

The USB adapter should be fine assuming it has good signal quality. A poor signal could cause artifacts or stutters if you are streaming HD movies.
The Wireless N signal was wonderful when I play an HD video off my gf's laptop yesterday. Not a single glitch. Hoping that the USB adapter will do as good.

Looking at an 80GB SSD just to give me some room for any heavy programs that I come across.
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I run 2 HTPCs and have a server in the basement. I have small HDDs in the HTPCs to try and cut back on noise.
    
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Looking at an 80GB SSD just to give me some room for any heavy programs that I come across.
I would think that a 60 would be plenty... Unless you can afford an 80. Subtracting 20 for the OS, 40 gigs should be enough for any program you need. Good luck!!
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Out of my own curiosity, can you record video from the HTPC to the file server? If you could with simply using your HTPC as a buffer or what not, then awesome!
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Out of my own curiosity, can you record video from the HTPC to the file server?
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Out of my own curiosity, can you record video from the HTPC to the file server? If you could with simply using your HTPC as a buffer or what not, then awesome!
As the post after you said, yes, it's possible.

Personally, I want to concentrate on making this just work on media off my server. The project after this one will be the PVR.
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Out of my own curiosity, can you record video from the HTPC to the file server? If you could with simply using your HTPC as a buffer or what not, then awesome!
With WHS, you can record to the server.

The only benefit of using an SSD is noise and maybe power. If you have tons of movies, it may load the covers a touch faster also. I have an 80 gig 5400 rpm notebook drive on my kids computer/HTPC and it works just fine and is pretty much silent.
I am in the process of getting all my extra drives out of my main HTPC (which used to be the central data point) to my WHS. Right now, I have 3 HTPC's, 2 with 160 gig drives and 1 with an 80 gig. My main one still has a 640 gig drive that I need to move the rest of the data off and then put it in my server (has a 2 tb, 1 500 gig and a 250 gig).
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