I am putting together a new gaming PC and will put together a HTPC that can record TV in a few months time. I am considering options of how to store the data, photos, music, video's etc, so I can look at it from both my gaming PC in study and HTPC on the TV (ethernet), maybe even my laptop (wireless). I want to be able to back up the data as well. Will be putting in gigabit network and cables etc through the house.
My thoughts are:
1. put a few HDD's in gaming tower and let HTPC access this drive. Set up either a raid or just back up to 2nd disk every week.
2. put a HDD in HTPC, keep live copy of info there and back up to gaming PC every week.
4. Revitalise my very old AMD athalon 64 to act as a server - probably very slow
5. some sort of cloud backup option?
Currently I don't have much data, but with a young child, lots of photos and video's get taken, and being able to record TV will increase data storage requirements pretty quick!