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Making home media server....need some ideas

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hi guys

I have a huge collection of music and films. I'm digitising a lot of those (converting the CD@s to mp3 and DVD/Blu ray to playable format on the pc).

However, I wanted to get a PC which has a lot of disk space (such as around 4TB) on it so that I could also have it Raided in case something went wrong and I lost the data? Or should I just back it up to cloud?

Also, I wanted it to be silent so servers may need to be out of the question due to their noise levels.

I'm also considering using the Raspberry Pi as part of this set up.

Any ideas what I should go for in terms of PC? Do you have any set up recommendations? Let's say the max budget is around £1,000.

Thanks guys
Yashy
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Consider a Synology NAS, you can fill it with several hard drives and RAID them for redundancy.  You can then stream from the NAS to other devices on your network, as well as over the internet.

I don't think a cloud based solution is reasonable for as much data as you're talking about.  If you suffer a crash, have you considered how long it will take to download 4TB of data?  (And how long it would have taken to upload it in the first place?)
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The pi won't cut it.  The biggest reason is it has no SATA port.  Now you could spend $20 more or so and get a cubie board, but that still has only one SATA port.  Forget that.

Get a cheap used PC, load one of the open flavors of solaris on it.  The software RAID stack in ZFS will provide much more data integrity than any other host-based RAID mechanism. Plus you'll have online expansion and dynamic data compression if you want, so you'll take up less physical space.
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thanks guys
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