Looking for a new storage solution

I have a good sized media collection that is continuing to grow. My current setup is:

Windows 7 box with six drive slots, one drive for system files, one drive for data and the other four are part of a single Windows spanned volume. I had a major failure last year so to counter that I setup a Windows Home Server.

That is a HP Storage Works box that is running WHS original, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16859105777 it has four drive slots and I have a Sans Digital Tower Raid 4 bay attached to it using an eSata connection, which I have only two drives in.

The WHS runs as a redundant backup to the media files on the Windows 7 box.

I am out of drive space on the Windows 7 box so am looking for options moving forward.

One idea I had was to build a drive tower that somehow connected via eSata to the WHS and move all media files there with a backup.

Is this possible? I would like future expandability and low cost, of course.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!
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  1. Those home server pcs don't have a lot of drive slots. What you need is a cheap NAS device like a Drobo or Qnap. I don't have the money, so I have a cheap raid card and 4 1TB drives in a raid-5 running on a cheap bootleg windows 7 box I build for under $100 (because I had spare parts laying around). I'm running TVersity as my media server. I also have an external 2TB raid-1 enclosure that I back my stuff on. Been running this setup for years now.
  2. thesmackdown said:
    I have a good sized media collection that is continuing to grow. My current setup is:

    Windows 7 box with six drive slots, one drive for system files, one drive for data and the other four are part of a single Windows spanned volume. I had a major failure last year so to counter that I setup a Windows Home Server.

    That is a HP Storage Works box that is running WHS original, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16859105777 it has four drive slots and I have a Sans Digital Tower Raid 4 bay attached to it using an eSata connection, which I have only two drives in.

    The WHS runs as a redundant backup to the media files on the Windows 7 box.

    I am out of drive space on the Windows 7 box so am looking for options moving forward.

    One idea I had was to build a drive tower that somehow connected via eSata to the WHS and move all media files there with a backup.

    Is this possible? I would like future expandability and low cost, of course.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks!



    Yes, You can

    Internal solution:
    Use this http://www.amazon.com/multiplier-hardware-RAID0-CLONE-Controller/dp/B004JPUZWU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1351101433&sr=1-1&keywords=SPM393
    and
    http://www.datoptic.com/pci-to-scsi-1-bracket-adapter.html

    External solution use this:
    http://www.amazon.com/eSATA-hardware-RAID0-CLONE-Controller/dp/B005G5L98G/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1351101433&sr=1-3&keywords=SPM393


    Each SATA port of your MB can have up to 16TB raid5 (5x 4TB HDD) you can even use WD Green drives for cost effective.

    If your MB has four SATA ports - then you can have up to 64TB of space.
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