I'm building my own NAS box and looking at either FreeNAS or Openfiler as the OS. I'm starting out with 2 1.5TB drives but will be moving an additional 1.5 TB drive from my Windows machine to this box after transferring my DVD backups to the NAS. I intend to use the NAS to serve popcorn hour like boxes. I'm wondering the best way to set up my drives. I think Raid is overkill for my setup but JBOD seems to have issues as well (if one drive fails I have to restore everything - not to bad for one drive, tough when the box is expanded to 5 or 6) and is difficult to expand. It appears zpool (FreeNAS ) or volume groups (Openfiler) are a possible solution for the expansion issue but not failure protection. Additionally, if I understand the way the popcorn hour system works you can only mount one drive at a time, so I'm looking for the NAS to show all drives as a single share while maintaining the ability to organize the storage on a drive by drive basis. Is this as simple as mounting the additional drives under the primary drive mount on the NAS? Is this possible with either of the OS's? Are there better ways to do this?