I just bought one of the 24 bay Servermicro enclosures off Ebay that is referenced on this forum, and need a little direction as to what OS to run.
I searched RAID OS alternatives, and it's giving me a headache. Unraid, FreeNAS, FlexRaid, WHS, etc. Nobody seems to agree, and I don't know what would be best for what I'm trying to do.
Currently I have no server, just my main PC, an HTPC, and some laptops/tablets/etc (all running Win 7 for the most part). For the Supermicro file server, I'd like to put the two storage drives from the HTPC into this to take advantage of data backup (One 2 TB & one 3 TB currently). I also have a few 500 GB drives laying around I could throw in the Supermicro as well. I can purchase a couple of 2/3/4 TB drives if needed for parity/cache or whatever is needed. I would then add drives as needed. What I don't want to have to do is go out and buy 24 hard drives that are all the same size/vendor.
Supermicro server is basically going to house movie rips/pictures/home video/recorded tv from homerun prime, and then be accessed by WMC/Media Extenders/PC's. Basically a big file server that can stream content over gigabit network to everything else in the house.
Any of the programs stand out for this? Appreciate any help all.