With solid state drives getting cheaper, I thought I might dip my toe in the water and purchase a 120GB drive to play around with. The purpose of this thread is to house my musings about this project, and to get some feedback from other users.
To date I have installed the 120GB SSD drive as the C: drive and left my previous drive as the D: drive to house the data.
With my previous setup I had a single Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB drive housing the OS and all my media. This has served me well, but the Caviar Black drives are quite noisy and run quite hot. The other thing that has me worried is that I hate the thought of all my media being on a single drive. A drive failure would be devastating as it has taken ages to put my collection together.
My goal is to have only the SSD in my HTPC with the OS, MediaPortal Application and database, and TV buffer. My media I’d like to move off to a NAS with RAID-5 (something like AllenG has done) and house somewhere other than the lounge as this would be quite noisy. The advantages that I see is that my media has redundancy due to RAID, and that I am removing noise and heat from my HTPC.
A disadvantage might be performance. As yet this has not been tested, but I’d like to know what the setup would perform like if I am say recording 2 channels in HD, say channel 1 and 3, while watching a third? Could the 1.0GB Ethernet keep with the data stream?
Any thoughts / comments would be appreciated.