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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.
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Use windows as OS and use FlexRaid to do your storage. I use UnRaid myself, but been thinking of building a WHS 2011 OS ( cause is cheap) and using FlexRaid to do the storage / backup.

Media Server: UnRaid Server: 15TB of storage and growing :).

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Windows 8 and use the built in storage spaces which is the evolved/reliable version of the old drive extender tech.
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I like the idea of using everything I have existing with windows 8 or whatever windows with flex/unraid. All my drives are different sizes though, is that ok?

Also, I'll want this box to be a DVR system; although, if I must move that service to another computer, then that's fine with me.
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It doesn't matter what size your drives are. You have to use the biggest drive for parity drive though.

Media Server: UnRaid Server: 15TB of storage and growing :).

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I'm digging the idea of using unraid so far, still doing research though. I like it because I would have to do no hardware changes, and I can continue to use my existing server rackmount chasis, without having to install a full blown windows install like flexraid.

However, I do want the ability to transcode movies from the storage (plex for example). I'll have to do some thinking about that.

What are some quick pros / cons of flexraid opposed to unraid?
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The only thing I don't like about unraid is installing plugins. I think Win OS + FlexRaid would be best since you can install the program in Win OS. It's easier. Also FlexRaid has the option to run dual parity drives.

Media Server: UnRaid Server: 15TB of storage and growing :).

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