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Windows 7: Thoughts on Home Media Servers

28 Apr 2014   #1

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
Thoughts on Home Media Servers

I recently got a hold of a Dell PowerEdge 1900 server and want to repurpose it as a home media server. Its got six 750gb hard drives, and I am leaning toward combining them all into a single virtual disk, RAID 10, carving off a 35gb and a 5gb partition for the OS and swap, then setting up the rest as a roughly 2.2tb data partition. But I am new to all this, so I really don't have a good grasp of the pros and cons of this set up.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?
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29 Apr 2014   #2
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I can't really give you much insight, just an observation or two.

My "home media server" is just a PC with a lot of storage space, 4 x 2TB Western Digital HDDs in Raid 5. The OS started as Ubuntu 8.04 LTS back in 2008, but there was something I wanted to run that required 10.04 or higher so I performed a fresh install with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

I don't really care for the Media Center type software so I just have the various shared folders auto-mount when the Home Theater PC boots (although both the Media Server and HTPC normally stay on 24/7). When I want to watch a video or listen to music I simply look through the folder to find what I want. No need for streaming software or copy/paste, I double click on the file and off we go.

One thing that I would recommend, have the OS on a separate drive. My system is actually running a software Raid that isn't bootable so I have to run a separate OS drive, but I think that I would do it anyway just in case of an OS crash or corruption, or if I should need to upgrade the OS. It doesn't have to be large or fast, currently mine is a 250 GB IDE with an accumulated run time of 8+ years.

I hope this helps, if you have any questions, ask away!

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