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May 3, 2011 6:56:29 PM

Hello,I have been researching for some time (over 4 years) to build a media / backup / file server, etc; as time goes by I have more necessities / possible solutions to demands.

Unfortunately I am the go to guy for family issues that constantly has my attention redirected and by the time I get back to the PC Solution, newer technology / forum postings and articles (not necessarily in that order) force me to reconsider prior spec decisions that warrant further review, that has turned into a vicious cycle with inadequate patches to problems further exasperating the situation. (sorry for the brain vomit)

Last year my wife decided to go with a Mac (no knowledge) and expected me to solve the issues that arose; followed by the birth of my daughter (Luna) with tons of HD/R pictures and videos that need to be taken out of her Mac (full) and my PC for proper storage/backup and retrieval.

Most of my computer knowledge comes from researching websites/forums and spending countless hours putting together / taking apart hardware and loading and unloading software (blood, sweat and tears). I have put together a couple of bare bones systems (cpu preloaded) and sense I have a clue, until the next system failure that has me back to the manual, tech support, forums, etc..

I have an old Samsung 52” LCD and an older 32” CRT that I plan on upgrading when it dies or the 3D systems work the bugs out and become more affordable?

I need a system with serious (1 to 2 Tb) affordable redundant (x3 or 4) storage for pictures/video/files etc. (networked for PC and Mac)

HDMI output for current and future LCD Monitors (2, maybe 3) for viewing before mentioned and internet TV/Movies (cut the cable TV dependency and upgrade internet bandwidth); and whatever else you guys may think of that I have forgotten (2 days to write this wish list).

I realize most of the answers have been listed in other posts, unfortunately the before mentioned vicious cycle takes hold.
HELP!!!!
May 5, 2011 9:47:17 AM

Joebatz said:
Hello,I have been researching for some time (over 4 years) to build a media / backup / file server, etc. <...>
I need a system with serious (1 to 2 Tb) affordable redundant (x3 or 4) storage for pictures/video/files etc. (networked for PC and Mac)

HDMI output for current and future LCD Monitors (2, maybe 3) for viewing before mentioned and internet TV/Movies (cut the cable TV dependency and upgrade internet bandwidth) <...>


Recognizing that not everyone has the latitude to have two systems, you really need to decide what your major focus is: "media / backup / file server" vs system for direct viewing, photo editing, etc. (that comment spurred by your remarks about monitors, HDMI, etc.)

There's a good, recent post on this site for a nice file server configuration at http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310150-31-file-server...
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May 5, 2011 10:05:42 AM

WIth 1 tb drives sometimes on sale for $40-$50, you should be able to easily meet your goals; options are two drives for simple redundancy, (backing up sentimental photos/home movies on DVD-RW is also a good idea, as they are not susceptible to a PSU voltage spike nuking all your drives at once), or, most modern MBs these days also would allow creation of a 4x1TB/RAID 5 array for perhaps $160 in drives...

Some compression/archiving/backup/restore software (Norton Ghost) is also a good idea, and, relatively easy to use, but, not always as easy if using afformentioned RAID options.
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May 9, 2011 8:30:00 PM

Yea I guess I am asking for a bit much, the idea was to be able to use the computer for word-processing, excel etc. (instead of dying main) and be able to store / view web movies, photos etc. on large LCDs; having a couple of systems would probably be less confusing and save money on electricity. But I believe the monster PC can do the job as long as it is big enough for all the hard drives and boards.

Thanks for the input!
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May 9, 2011 8:31:29 PM

Lots of back-up good info!
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