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eelozano
08-24-2005, 10:53 PM
Hello,

I am beginning to start purchasing equipment to build a media server for my house.

I basically would like to have a server set up that me and my two roommates could access to grab (and hopefully stream) music and video's from.

My problem is two fold. Since this is my first server I am at a loss for which equipment (with the large variety of equipment available) to purchase.

I need some advice on a large enough case to house the several hard drives I plan to get (I am looking at between 1-2 TB of storage since I plan to run a RAID design). I would also need to know which hard drives you can suggest that are low in price, but still are somewhat reliable.

My second problem is in which flavor of linux would you suggest that I get to tackle this project.

I am open to any suggestions and feel free to tell me anything I need to be cautious for as well.

Thanks,

eelozano

eelozano
08-24-2005, 10:57 PM
I forgot to mention that I would like to keep this as low cost as possible. I am willing to spend money when necessary, but I would like to keep this as low as possible since it is a media server for only 3 people.

I will also not really require any additional peripherals since I plan on accessing this server via the internal network (router).

Exis
08-24-2005, 11:09 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822147007

1-2 TB is a lot of pr0nzor! :eek: Good luck finding that much! :D

Jokes aside, the Hitachi seems like a fairly good HDD. I ran an 80gig Hitachi for a long time, and the only reason it died was my lame buddy who apparently tried to hot-swap the power on it for a fan while the thing was still plugged in and on....so it shorted and fried. Anyways, it always served me well!

JamieR
08-24-2005, 11:48 PM
You can pick up 400GB hdds for about 200 each I think, which is huge but expensive. Wooh...2tb of pr0n :eek:

eelozano
08-25-2005, 03:20 AM
I'm going to be using RAID Level 1 or 3.

With Level 1 I would only be able to have 1TB or pr0n (with 2TB of disc space). RAID 3 will be a little more pr0n.

FYI, there won't be any pr0n :( ... one of the roomies is a chica and I'm not sure if she would appreciate it as much.

Thanks for the replies so far though.

JamieR
08-25-2005, 11:50 AM
there won't be any pr0n

I believe you :D

What sort of spec of computer are you looking at?

Tristan Gray
08-25-2005, 02:36 PM
In terms of what distro to use for this server... MAKE YOUR OWN (http://www.tldp.org/LDP/lfs/html/)!

Basically if you are up to the challenge you will be able to build a very bare-bones linux operating system that uses up very little resources and you can custom-tailer to do what you want. This could get tricky with media devices though, but if it were me I'd probably give this a shot for the fun factor.

eelozano
08-27-2005, 11:41 AM
In terms of what distro to use for this server... MAKE YOUR OWN (http://www.tldp.org/LDP/lfs/html/)!

Basically if you are up to the challenge you will be able to build a very bare-bones linux operating system that uses up very little resources and you can custom-tailer to do what you want. This could get tricky with media devices though, but if it were me I'd probably give this a shot for the fun factor.


That actually sounds like fun. Although I am sure it would take forever. Unfortunately my bike just got taken back into the shop so the media server looks like it is being placed back in the queue.

ColdCoil
08-29-2005, 05:14 AM
My second problem is in which flavor of linux would you suggest that I get to tackle this project.


I'm sorry to be the one to bring Microsoft into the picture. But if anyone is interested MS offers Windows Media Encoder 9 for free download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5691ba02-e496-465a-bba9-b2f1182cdf24&DisplayLang=en
It includes a streaming server so anyone with WMP can easily connect and watch what you have to offer.

I've only used this program to watch Family Guy at work :), so I don't have much experience, but it's an idea for you.

Use linux if you can.

Run tux run!

JamieR
08-29-2005, 07:07 AM
WME allows you to create, broadcast and stream your own radio station, which is pretty neat ;)



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