I'm looking at doing a complete overhaul of my personal home media server.
Currently I have 500GB x 2 RAID1 (mirroring) setup on my main desktop machine. However, there are a number of issues with that, since I also use the machine as my main home machine, which has its drawbacks. No matter what, I want it to be at least RAID1 -- at least I can say I had two drives holding my data rather than one. (and I know, yada yada yada, offsite storage, blah blah blah. =P )
I have a number solutions already in mind, and a few reasons that underly them -- i'm looking for your opinions/suggestions/new possibilities.
-- Another selfbuilt WinXP media server Raid1, probably 1TBx2 drives. (work to get it made, control, updates, etc.)
-- A drobo + droboshare + whatever drives. (very pricey for a personal home solution, mixed reviews)
-- A generic 1TB x2 external raid1 drive (cheap, suspect quality, "dumb" raid, voiding the warranty to change out a drive?, no gigabit net interface)
-- A brand name external NAS drive (more expensive, drive hotswappable, networkable)
(does this lacie take any drive, or only lacie?
-- Apple TimeMachine -- that wifi switch that also is a nas drive? I haven't done much research on this one.
-- And as much as I'd like to get a RAID10 2U Dell w/ dual blah blah blah, I'm not filthy rich. Unfortunately enough. =)
-- insert your solutions here.
I'd like details, personal experience, suggestions. Size, cost, reliability, etc etc. Spit what ya got.