Looking for some advice
I built a HTPC in march and now have 6 HDDs varrying from 1-2 TB each holding my videos, music and pictures. Now w1th the 6th drive over 50% full I am looking for additional space, but at the same time wondering what the best (and affordable) option to back up this system. I have used single drive NAS in the past but I am very unfamiliar about setting up and using any RAID system. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
FreeNAS is free software to build yourself a NAS. You want to replicate your data elsewhere for safekeeping.
How-to: Mini DIY Project: 2TB NAS Box for $360 (Update 3)
Product Description Unit Price Total Price
1 Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
1 Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
1 Antec Basiq BP-350B 350W ATX12V Version 2.01 Power Supply - OEM
1 Intel Celeron 430 Conroe-L 1.8GHz LGA 775 35W Single-Core Processor Model BX80557430 - Retail
1 Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N6/1G - Retail
1 OS FreeNAS
1 OS OpenFiler $0.0 $0.0
3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
3 Optional Part: iStarUSA T-5-SA 1x5.25" Bay Trayless Anti-vibration SATA Mobile Rack - Retail $14.99 $44.97
Subtotal (with Mobile Racks) 402.89