most efficient way to make a data store farm?
I've been thinking about making an always-on server for my room mates and I. Theres four of us, each with our own computers and we occasionally watch HD movies on a TV in the living room by streaming them from a computer.
Cumulatively, we have about 3-4 TB between all of our computers. Each encoded movie is about 10 GB, and I would also like to host a library of video games for us to install via the server. (Which as we know
So basically I would like a 8-10 TB local server made up of 1 TB drives with enough SATA ports to double that with 2 TB drives when they become cheaper. I was thinking RAID 5 would be a good choice, since I would think there's a pretty good probability of failure with the number of drives there are.
Any suggestions? The reason I ask is because most motherboards I see only have 4-6 sata ports.. I was looking for a solution that would allow for a ton of headroom if I just wanted to pop in a couple more HDDs every now and then.
[CPU: e6600 @ 3300 MHz] // [MB: ASUS P5N-E SLi] // [RAM: Patriot 'eased latency' PC2-6400 @ DDR800 5-4-4-12-2T] // [GPU: 8800GTX @ 650/1000/1600 (volt modded)] // [HDD: 2x Cavier 500GiB stripe] // [Chassis: Thermaltake Armor VA8000 (black)] // [PSU: Aspire(Apevia) 680w] // [OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64][Cooling: water cooled GPU and CPU]
^ (9/7/2010): Ha, I remember when that was the stuff. My water cooling has since leaked and fried my mobo. So now I'm rocking an MSI laptop with an i5 430m :)