1)The data will change over time... new data will be added very often
2)I have an Antec 900 and so far I have not experienced any heat issues with any of my components.
3)I have a 500GB currently, which I would like to continue using as I currently am, to hold my personal stuff. I just need 1.5-2TB of storage space which I will keep separate - this will be data that others will need to access.
4)Mobility is not a huge concern. I have to move twice a year and I maybe take it to one or two LAN parties per year... usually it's sitting in the same spot.
5)??? Explain plz???
6)It's my primary computer. I game on it, watch movies, listen to music, etc. I'll keep using my 500GB hdd for my personal uses, and the other ~2TB will be for my home business, which should be kept completely separate.
I think I would actually like it to have it's own chassis and use it as a little server (as long as it wasn't the size of a mid case), but I really need to keep costs down on this project. What's the best way to do this?
I was thinking about getting 3 of these:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
~$405, 2TB available space
Or 2 of these and doing RAID 1:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - Internal Hard Drives
~$380, 1.5TB available space
I would probably just do RAID 5, seems like more bang for the buck.
Anyways, what would be involved in me putting this in it's own chassis? I will need to set it up as a direct connect hub for other people on my LAN to access. Would I just have to build a whole computer?
Obviously we'll hope that I never have to rebuild the array, but is there really any way around this? I wouldn't mind waiting like 20 hours as long as it works.