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I am going to make my first file server (very excited). Its going to be basic at first but I just wanna check a few things ahead of time due to it will be rapidly upgrading.

First it will be using an older p4 lga 775 cpu and 4gigs of ddr2 800mhz ram. Now I'm sure that will be fine since this is going to mainly be used for my movies, but I'd rather make sure first. Later on it will be getting a q6600 after I upgrade the wifes pc.

Now the biggest thing I'm concerned about it the harddrives. I will only have have a 250gb in there to start but thats gonna be a boot drive for the o.s. then I plan on buying raid cards and getting 2-3tb drives for it and doing a massive raid 1 or 5 setup. But my main question is can I easily add drive to the server and have the system just spread the data out each time? and if I choose later to upgrade to a different motherboard will all my data be safe as long as I set the raid back up the same?

And finally what type of software/ os should I be using. The server is going to be in the same house as all my computers and I pretty much wanna use my laptop to stream the media to a tv, but I wanna be able to access these files from pretty much anywhere because I will be doing some travel and you gotta have entertainment.

Sorry this is so long and drawn out but I just got so many questions.lol Thank you for whoever reads this let alone replies.
Edited by Dazsinister - 3/28/11 at 6:58pm
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For doing drive extender type stuff, your software options are basically WHSv1 or Amahi.

I have no idea if WHS is capable of streaming your data to you over the Internet, though Amahi has no problem with this.
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I have no idea if WHS is capable of streaming your data to you over the Internet
Yeah, it does. All you need is WebGuide.

And the P4 should be fine for the server. As long as you are just streaming.
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Most RAID cards offer OLE (On-Line Expansion) of the arrays, meaning you can use the array as it expands. When the array expansion is done you can extend the partition in the Disk Management tools in Win7. WHSv1 also allows you to extend partitions easily.
post #5 of 10
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Yeah, it does. All you need is WebGuide.

And the P4 should be fine for the server. As long as you are just streaming.
i cant get webguide to stream anything . the lack of support for that add in now kind of takes away from it's awesomeness. i use subsonic now but if you want to stream things over the internet, be prepared for some buffering because a lot of things require it to be transcoded.
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Im thinking I might go with windows home server seeing its only $100 and it seems easy to set up. And I might install XBMC on my laptop to stream the video. Now I just gotta figure out what raid cards I'm going to use. Sadly its the few hardware on a pc that I know nothing about since I never had to use one before.
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If you are going with WHS V1 you dont need a raid card because you can do folder duplication, it will protect you from a drive failure. Depending on how many port are available on the board you may not need an extra sata card. If you will need extra ports there are several good cards. Supermicro makes an 8 port sas/sata card, you need cables for ~$150. There is a Rosewell card that has 4 internal and 2 internal, that you can use 4 ports at one time for ~$90. To avoid some problems try not to use advance format drives as WHS v1 has problems with them.
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Personally I would (and did) use some form of Linux with MDADM to handle your software RAID 5. The specs you have listed are really above and beyond as far as general file duties, even with software RAID. For reference my FS (A64 4400+, 2x 512 MB PC3200, 4x 750GB + 2x 1TB in RAID 5) nets around 350 MB/sec in sequential reads, easily saturating gigabit.

On something like a Linux array, you can easily add drives and expand your array (even with larger drives, you can partition down and grow). Also, you can buy pretty much any SATA card as an expansion and do not have to be locked into a particular RAID solution.

As far as external access, you could easily forward SSH to your WAN (making sure you have strong passwords and a disabled root account). Then simply connect over SCP and any file transfers from your house will be RSA encrypted.
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So I got the temp setup going till I can get all the goodies everyone has told me about. The specs are as follows
p4 2.8ghz oced to 3.0ghz
2gbs of ddr2 800mhz adata
40gb hdd for boot
250gn hdd for sharing storage
gigabyte micro board
9800gtx+ for no real reason
corsair 650w
a slower then hell dvd drive using ide
windows 7 64bit.

and as I get money I plan on getting the sata cards, WHS, and the 2tb harddrives, but for now atleast its fun to play around with.
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I agree with beers. Probably the best solution would be to go with Linux as the OS, and use mdadm to create a software raid. If you buy a hardware raid card, you most likely won't see too much of a difference in using it vs a software raid. Plus if the hardware card ever goes bad, you have to buy the same exact model to replace it unless you want to rebuild the raid from scratch. Software raids you can move from one motherboard to another with almost no problems.

Install a webserver and make your raid accessible through it, then you can use XBMC to stream from it.
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