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Wanting to Switch to a *NIU box

I have  Windows machine and I think Adding a Media Server and switch it to *NIX might be OK.  The back up plan I have works better on a *NIX and NSA.

It it my understanding that it will erase everything so I need to back it up.  Now what about documents / can they be read K?  I would like to control it with either a Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Prp so I do not need to go down there that often.  

Any good OS to recommend for this project?

Thank you!
Corey
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gheistCommented:
Hard to understand your request.
Do you want DLNA storage at home?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
What do you mean by:

*NUI
*NIX
NSA

It it my understanding that it will erase everything so I need to back it up.  Now what about documents / can they be read K?  I would like to control it with either a Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Prp so I do not need to go down there that often.  
I do not understand what you mean here or what you want to do.

Can you explain what you want with your project?
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Sorry - NAS (Network Attached Storage
*NIX - UNIX / LINUX

I used to own wen hosting company, but I used Windows.  

Right now, I moved all my data from the NSA325 to a 6G hard drive and use CrashPlan

The NSA523 has Two 3GB hard drives which can be raid or not.  The 6G has a lot of TiVo recordings and I an trying to figure out a way to convert the .TIVO to a format that Roku can play.

Crashplan can backup NSAs but it is easier on a *NIX box.  I have two computers that I could maybe convert
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
I have an older computer - and I would like to turn it into a *NIX box for a media server.

The Zyxel NAS325 is easier to back up and I am using Windows Machine right now with TiVo Media Desktop (causing some issues).  Zyxel says it is easier to back up the NAS with *NIX
plus maybe play around with is just a little bit but use it as a media server - accessed by Roku.  Shows are recorded by TiVo and then converted
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gheistCommented:
For roku you need to define private channel using ROKU SDK and developer code.
I'd start with ubuntu, then you need apache or nginx web server and use roku SDK creating channels automatically (i have little clue about it) indexing that http-accessible media. if you need more conversion, free converter called ffmpeg is omnipresent in Linux (e.g to make H264 MKV from mpeg2 stream etc)
Linux scripting is explored here: http://www.tldp.org/LDP/abs/abs-guide.pdf (valid for roku trades and backups too)
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Thanks gheist:!  I thought *NIX would be the best but I am going to have to stay with Windows.  I just purchased a new PC and the old run is going down there to handle all media server and my backups. I have most everything on a USB drive so the back up systems will back those files.  I am hoping that pretty soon a NAS storage unit will be compatable.
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