Many years back I bought the components necessary to build a Mini-ITX based Windows Server.
In simple terms, it was a Via C7 based motherboard with on-board RAID; 4 x 1.5TB hard disks and 4GB RAM. All well and good .... well not quite! I made a schoolboy error that the Via C7 processor was 32 bit, and couldn't install a 64bit OS necessary to support the large RAID array. Aaaaaargh!
So, instead I decided to install Windows Home Server v1, and joined this forum.
The server was configured with:
2 x 1.5TB disks in RAID 1 - Striping for OS
2 x 1.5TB disks in the WHS pool.
The server has worked well for a number of years, but is rapidly filling up, and I feel that the Folder Duplication is not efficient, and having a mirrored OS is a huuuuge waste of 1.5TB!
Anyway, the services which I run on my server are:
- Couch Potato
- Sick Beard
- Harmony Home control (not hugely essential for new server)
- Twonky Server (or alternative DLNA/UPNP server)
- Windows XP laptop (work)
- Windows 7 netbook
- Android handsets
- Android tablet
I'm currently investigating options for upgrading the server, and would really appreciate some advice:
- If I reverted the disks to RAID5, then I would have sufficient capacity (for now). However would need interim disk storage to back-up to prior to re-build.
Therefore if I'm buying new disks, it would be nice to be able to integrate them once they've been used as swing-kit.
- The current server is low power, I'd like to stick with the current server if possible ... possibly using an eSATA unit with extra disks in.
- Disk redundancy is key, I don't fancy returning to hanging single USB disks from a server.
- I'd considered FreeNAS, but I'm much more confident installing and supporting Windows Server environments, although I'd also be happy with Lion Server ... yet would need to re-invest in new kit.
- I'd still like to be able to run the apps listed above.
Should I consider an off the shelf NAS, such as ReadyNAS or QNAP?
Thanks in advance for any hints/tips/advice.