Build a media server
Posted on 2011-03-15
I need to build a media server for a client. I say build not buy due to a lot of customer requests.
He has about 1000DVD and a few Blue-Rays.
He is currently using a Escient system that he likes but wants to go all digital and it does not handle Blue-Ray at the moment.
Can operate the server, ie browse movies and select one to play, by remote on the TV screen
Can play both DVD & Blue-Ray
Must be dummy proof on the burning of movies to hard drives, ie 1)put the disc in the drive 2)close drive 3)walkaway and check on it later 4)take disc out of ejected drive and close drive or repeat #1 for another movie
Will also need multiple drives to begin with so I can burn all of his movies in less time.
Here is how I currently see it laying out:
One case to house the drives (located in a remote location)
One case to hold the MB, IO card to TV, remote receiver for control, one drive for future disc input (located close to the TV so needs to be black and quite), etc.
One case to hold the original 5-10 drives to do start up disc input (will connect to the MB case but will be removed for final install)
I need help with the following:
Software, both OS and disc burning (need to be sure disc protection is not a daily issue) and onscreen menu is pretty :)
Case suggestions for all cases
Main case specs (MB, Ram, etc)
Best drives for this use (size, speed, connection, etc)
How do I figure storage needs (1K movies now but will grow)
Connection to TV cards (would like to use HDMI x2, always have a backup)
And any other input will be greatly appreciated. I have built many computers and servers before but this is my first media server.