Posted 01 June 2009 - 06:47 PM
Greetings - looking to purchase a home server that all of my computers could access, and could be easily set up with a Windows Media box that I'd like to purchase for my downstairs entertainment room. I would like to play music, rip new music and DVD's to the drive, and be able to upgrade the unit with relative ease.
I like the ease of use with the HP Mediashare platforms, but the pricing of the WD My Book Mirror Edition is also appealing. Any thoughts on these products, or on another product that allows mass storage with the RAID 5 option?
Also, is there any drawback to setting up the drive as a RAID 5, if I want the data protection of RAID 1 with the speed of RAID 0? Also, is there any benefit to spanning, if you're looking to protect data as well?
I'm a real newbie to this, so pardon me if I'm not using the right lingo.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!