Originally Posted by cybrsage
The customer is going to badmouth you when one of those drives fail and he loses everything on every drive...saying you should have stopped him from doing something stupid since you are the expert.
People who feel this way always make me curious.
Do you just assume that because this *could* happen that it will ?
It's pretty unlikely. I have 20 HDD's in my system and I can't say HDD failures are at all common or likely based on my PC experience in last 15 years.
You make the assumption the customer cares. We are talking about a HTPC here. Some people might not care if a drive fails and they loose some TV recordings or blu ray rips. It's not irreplacable material or specifically of any utmost importantance.
I am generally cool with the idea and reality of losing a drive or the data I have collected on it. I realize it's going to happen at some point.
For ultra senstive stuff I store it in duplicity. Or on devices that utilize RAID like RAID 5 - and every drive has a back up clone.
Judgeing by the price and components selected in this build I am sure the owner or customer could both afford and utilize a RAID5 array easily if it was deemed neccessary and appropriate.
Also- with that kind of budget and build it's likely that if it becomes an issue in future a home server with back up features- and redundant storage- does not seem that far out of reach.
Your entire statement and feelings make a critical error in assuming everyone thinks like you- or cares about the same stuff you do.
Call me weird- but I totally accept the failure of electronics and computer stuff with open arms as part of life. As it pops up- I compensate and react accordingly. I don't fear anything I own breaking- and any storage stuff I really want saved I have it backed up in an appropriate manner and store in a duplicitous place like external HDD or RAID5.
I can understand why the customer might want that. Perhaps he just wants to be able to store his favorite Blurays on the machine- and enough storage room to record many hours of HDTV without worrying about deleteing or running out of room.
Sh!t- I understand it just for the cool factor based on being totally excessive, overkill, and over the top alone- even if he never used half the storage.
My experience with HDD and storage is that you can never have enough. I thought 8TB was enough. I passed that , then 10TB, then 12TB, and it keeps climbing.
A blu ray rip can take as much as 25GB commonly for a single movie (no trailers menus or extra features) Any decent collection will fill up any ordinary HDD array inside a PC with ease.