My main drive is failing, causing me to start shopping for new technology for my storage of all my files on my network.
I currently have around 4TB of movies, and 1-2 TB of music / documents / pictures.
ALL of my movies are .mkv rips with HD audio, then compressed using ripbot. They range in file size from 4gb to 25gb.
I have cat6 ran from my servers to my cpu's in my house.
Currently, I use XBMC in my theater room, WMC in the living room, and plex for roku in bedroom. All work without any problems.
So, now, I am looking to upgrade / change, with minimal cost, and here are some ideas I have come across:
-NAS: Nice idea, removes my server all together, but will need to buy hard drives as I do not think my WHS has any drives the same size, but I may have a couple the same.
-Ghost system drive to another drive and stay with WHS - I'd just rather not do this
-Build existing chasis with windows 7/8/latest server version (I have a technet subscription, so all software is free from Microsoft)- rather not do this as I don't have the drive extendor anymore like WHS has, aka, I have to share multiple drives in my network. I think there are 3rd party apps that will combine them, but I'd rather not go that route unless something is outstanding I don't know about.
-unRaid / free nas / turn windows 7 build into NAS - I have no knowledge on any of this.
I like the NAS options that have built in access of data remotely, and uploading of data remotely. I like phone apps and stuff like that. I like ability to stream my movies out of my network.
I'd really like to keep this under 300 dollars if possible, but will consider a little more.
Please give your opinions on all options, add other options, and let me know pluses and minuses.