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Case - NORCO RPC-450B 4U Rackmount Server Case (14 bays large)!
MB - GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop
RAM - 4 GB G.SKILL 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
O/S HDD - 250 GB 2.5" SATA drive, 7200RPM
12 TB RAID 5 Storage Array - Composed of 7 each, 2TB SATA drives at 7200rpm, connected via a SATA adapter.
O/S Windows 2003 Server (Standard Edition)
Ghost Server for automatic image management
YAMV for Movie Jukebox interface
I'm currently looking for an automatic backup server software to automate backups of network machines
I have the storage array created using Win2003 functionality. The RAID is managed in software. It holds my photo collection, my music collection (FLAC & MP3), my collection of audio books, and ripped BR and SD-DVD's. I currently have about 235 BR's on the server (ripped to MKV files primarily), and 255 SD-DVD's of movies and TV shows (ripped as MKV and ISO's). The movies and TV shows take up 7.5 TB of space. I also use this array to hold backups from the machines on my network.
I'm looking to upgrade the machine this summer. I want to obtain a couple of SATA RAID cards so I can transfer to hardware based RAID. This should allow me to swap drives in or out in a hot-swap manner. Currently, if I want to swap out a bad drive, the array must rebuild itself (resynch). This currently takes about 3 days to complete. The array is usable while it resynchs, but it is slow). If I want to add a drive, I have to empty it, then add drive(s), then fill it again. With this much space, I will have nothing to move the files on it to!
All in all, this is a great way to go. The array serves up movies to the popcorn hour and I am able to use the PCH interface to select something to watch. With nearly 500 movies and TV shows, I'm never at a loss for something to watch!
Let me know if you need any more details.