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Old 05-01-2010, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I posted this thread (Multiple HDD Storage w/ Backup?), but nobody replied, but I think I just want a home theater PC anyways.

1. I have a lot of data, and expect a lot more to be coming - currently have about 1.3TB of stuff, but the hard drives they're currently on are being given to my friend, so I need new hard drives for this htpc build. I wouldn't mind preparing for the future and having 4TB, but I'm also pretty obsessed about backing stuff up, so I was thinking about 3 2TB drives in a RAID 5.

2. I want the case to be as small as possible, but I don't know how many HTPC cases have 3 hard drive bays. Any suggestions?

3. Thinking about 3 of these - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I've never done a RAID before... anything special I need to know?

4. Recommend other cheap components? I want to keep this relatively cheap (other than the hard drives)

5. Probably will want it to be connected wireless to my network, so need some sort of wireless receiver.
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been looking through Newegg at cases - what's an "external 3.5 bay"? How is it different than an internal 3.5 bay?

also anyone have any thoughts on this case? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811128022

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An external 3.5' bay is for things like floppy drives - you can leave the cover panel in place and put a 3.5' HDD there too. Those drives look good, to use RAID you can use the inbuild RAID controller on your motherboard, but most people would reccommend using a proper controller card. I would never reccommend the case you just posted, if you look at the open pictures you can see it will only fit one case fan properly - the second fan is in a really stupid place (it might work with just two screws).
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for a lower cost build, you could go with an athlon ii dual core, maybe using onboard video.
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maybe this case?
Newegg.com - nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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This case costs allot more but it has better cooling - it's up to you really.

Newegg.com - LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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Yeah I had seen that Lian Li one before - problem is that it's a little bigger, but mainly $110 extra.

If I have 3 drives in a RAID5, is it possible/easy to add a 4th to have more space?
And just to clarify my understanding of RAID5, 3x2TB drives would give me 4TB of usable space, correct?

Also link me to a potential raid controller if I don't use one that's built into the mobo? What's the benefit of using a separate controller?
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What about this combo so I get an HDMI port?
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or this one?
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And I guess I'll go with one of the 2 cases you guys recommended - once I decide if I want to pay extra.
Newegg.com - nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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HDD (3 of these, maybe add a 4th in the future if necessary)
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I think I'll take a dvd drive from my other computer that has 2.

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PSU?
RAID Controller?
Wireless receiver?
Other?
Am I going to get enough SATA cables for this?
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