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I am a novice when it comes to media servers, but I want to get one to store my collection. It would be used mainly to store movies and backups. Since I really know nothing about them, because I have been buying blu-ray discs (over 1300) and never backed them up, I need help as to which direction to go and exactly what they do. Can anyone help and suggest some models so I can start researching by looking at a few and reading reviews? THank you so much for your help.
 

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Are you more inclined to buy a commercial NAS (Network Attached Storage) or build your own media server from PC components? Also, do you plan on compressing your Blu-Rays or storing in original quality (affects the sizing requirements).

Another question - what will you use for your media players?
 

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Are you more inclined to buy a commercial NAS (Network Attached Storage) or build your own media server from PC components? Also, do you plan on compressing your Blu-Rays or storing in original quality (affects the sizing requirements).

Another question - what will you use for your media players?
As I said I am a novice when it comes to these, I know nothing. All I want is to store my collection. I do not want to compress anything in any way. As for what will I use for my media players, I don't understand....aren't these servers storing the movies and can't you just play them from there? I really don't want to hook up a computer for using the server. I don't even know how to get my movies onto the server. I have programs like DVD Fab that can create the file, but know nothing about indexing or anything. I wish there was a thread that explained exactly what I need for what I want to do, which is to have the blu-rays uncompressed (sound and picture) on a server that I can select a movie with some type of index or the movie covers,

Forgive my naivety on these, I've never looked into them before.
 

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Well...

There's a company called Kaliedescape that makes systems ... those cost a lot.

You could also put something together on your own sort of but it's generally made up of something to store all the data and something else that plays it back.
 

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As for what will I use for my media players, I don't understand....aren't these servers storing the movies and can't you just play them from there?
Unfortunately, no. You might want to read this thread for some additional basic information:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/39-networking-media-servers-content-streaming/1930249-my-first-nas.html
I posted some basic concepts near the bottom of the first page.

I actually think you should start by figuring out what media player you want along with the way your media library is presented (indexing, visuals, etc). Once you have that figured out you'll be better prepared to look at media servers and storage.
 

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"Servers" are only serving files, not playing it. You need a server to store your files and a "client" to play it.

A server can be a NAS (simply consider it as a network drive, very simple machine with low power consumption and made to stay active 24/7), a PC or a dedicated PC build to run as a NAS. In your situation, if you want to rip 1300 BR, you would need a NAS with at least 8 bays (8 HDD of 6 TB each) which will cost you a little fortune... A PC with a huge number of bays and running a dedicated software like freeNas or unraid will cost you a fraction of the NAS (HDD price aside) and would easily accept more than 8HDD. But it's fairly more complicated to set up (you can find some prebuilt solutions if needed).

A client can be many things, from a media player (simple to set up most of the time, the most difficult part is to chose the one that will fit your needs) to a high end PC made to give you the best PQ that even a 1500$ BR player won't be able to achieve (but again this will need some hard work to set up). This will be the client that will build your front end (I.e. All the beautiful menus that you will need to navigate amongst your movies).

Or you could have both in the same place and built a crazy PC with all your HDD inside, but this would be an awful beast sitting under your tv :D (not even mentioning the noise it will do).

As for ripping dvdfab is perfectly ok. If you already know how to use it, you already now how to build your collection.
 
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