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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Visalia, CA 93291
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HTPC has more flexibility, but it requires more work. I went with stand alone media players (Dune D1 and PCH-A210), which has worked well for several years now. I also built an unRaid server which has 6 2TB drives. 1 drive is used for parity (backup in case of drive failure) the other 5 are used for storage.
It was pretty simple and inexpensive to build an unRaid server. You don't have to use expensive or new parts. You can use an old computer to build one. With that said, unRaid OS still in beta, but works well with streaming and storing movies.
I'm currently thinking of building another server and using Flexraid with WHS, but I am not sure yet!!!