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I am building a home theater computer

I am building a home theater  computer and want to have two hard drives. One for running the operating system and programs, and the other for storing data, such as recorded programs and music. I am concerned about reliability and ease of use. I will be working under windows 7 environment. How should the hard drives be configured? How would you answer change if I was using Linux and also if I later want to use it as a server?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you are in the US the ceton works well with cablecard. Windows Media Center is an excellent program and can record the 4 HD inputs without a problem. you can use an ATOM cpu just use the server for streaming.. suggest many data drives (raid 0).. you might want to look at HD Nation on Revision 3
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ngcmosCommented:
well, you want to get the drives with the highest rpm or a SSD ( they are much more expensive though). Id get it with a core i5 processor and a gigabit NIC. You definitely dont want to use wireless. Windows media center/player is all you need for streaming. However im not sure what file format dvr uses for storage
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mc2exploreAuthor Commented:
How best to configure multiple hard drive or in combination with SD drive. Is it better to use raid or without raid and if so what type?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Yes you should use raid 5 as your data (music/video/dvd/tv shows) collection will be there and any drive failure will be catastrophic to you. Raid 5 is not that great for writing but since most of your access will be sustained reads it will shine. An SSD will be overkill (IMHO) as this machine will be booted and then run continuously and basically running just the media center appliction and sharing out the data.  

Another piece of media center type applictions is XBMC (open source)
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