Thought AI would bring this thread back from the dead...... update on what I am currently doing and where I want to go....
Upcycled PC with SSD for programs and OS, 2x4TB drives for data, upgraded video card
Installed in rack with a DIY monitor/keyboard tray (not pretty but it work for when I need it)
Windows 7 ------------ meh it's microsoft
Plex Server ------------ Works great and easy
OpenPHT -------------- Might be giving me any issue going to try Plex media Player soon as it is now released with out Plex pass
Rew -------------------- Learning but has really helped tune in my system
inuke DSP software --- Works for what I need it to do on the two nukes
Ripping with MakeMKV and metadata with MediaElch on office computer (both are great)
So far this has been working pretty good for me.... one exception being on occasion I get a no HDMI detection on the Projector..... I think it is a possible Marantz or OpenPHT issue.... still trying to sort that out but that's a different topic
I like the one centralized unit in my rack with all the "theater" related software running on it.
What I have run into now though is the 8TB is almost full..... need more space.... still have a bunch to rip.... I think in the "end" I will be in the 20Tb range of data hoarding
Time to upgrade.... here is what I am thinking:
Room to grow on an overtime basis.... not buy everything all at once (ie HDD)
Localized windows machine like I currently have for other software
Possibly go headless (need to figure out a good way of accessing)
Easy to set up and use
Able to use different size drives as costs per Tb change
Affordable.... I'm willing to spend some but don't want to go overboard
reuse existing motherboard, SSD, video card (although I got another one that I want to compare specs to existing)
New case.... thinking this one Norco RPC-4308 4U
lots of bays for expantion (this is what is currenty limiting me in existing case... and sata ports)
New Sata Card like this
reuse 2x4TB drives and add a couple....
I want to keep what I have above and its functionality as a local machine
Add Stablebit Drivepool and Scanner
Add SNAPRAID ????..... this is where things start to get squirrely for me
From what I have read snapraid has some great features but it comes down to the whole discussion on data loss and drive failure.
There are other options out there also FreeNAS, UnRaid.... etc. but like anything they all come with pro's and con's
Any thought are always welcome