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  1. I have the EX490 that I got a few months ago. Since the main objective was to back up multiple computers in my house (and some that I use for work), the HP certainly is a bit overkill in the feature department, but I figured that I'd use the other features at some point and at the time, I just wanted to get something that would work without much hassle (no build/config time). I did order an additional WD 1TB Caviar Green for "balancing" the storage - as I'm paranoid about data loss. I agree on the looks of the machine - you can't get much better. It's small, so can be as inobtrusive as you want, but it also looks good, so you can put it out in public. Functionality wise, I really haven't stretched its capabilities too much since, as I mentioned earlier, it is mainly for backups. However, I have played around a bit with media storage and streaming and so far everything has been solid. I have run into some issues with some machines not authenticating correctly with the home server, but the issues are hit and miss.
  2. I had to go with reliability as well. most of my time on the computer is working (programming, etc), so I don't need a ton of speed. There isn't a load of repeated loading time when starting up programs etc. however, any loss of data or system instability is a real problem.
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    Which drive to buy in my NAS?

    While it's not exactly the same scenario, I put a 1TB Caviar Green into the HP MediaSmart Server that I have and it's been solid. Works just fine for streaming media. Also, I have the drive set up to mirror the drive that came with the system.
  4. Samsung announced MLC NAND chips based on their new 20nm process. The new chips also perform better at equivalent reliability as chips created with the 30nm process. Full Story
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    Need some advice on HD's

    I don't have much experience with file servers, so I really can't help out as to whether the drives will be fast enough. I do have a bit more experience with webservers and database servers, but usually with MySQL. Using 10K RPM drives is pretty typical and from what I know, the Raptors will be just fine. WD markets them as "enterprise", so they better be. I've even seen some high traffic forums sites (several thousand concurrent users) with the database server running a pair of RAID1 mirrored 10K drives and doing just fine. So, I think your config looks good.
  6. Ok, so this isn't something that you can really call a "home" server, but it's still pretty cool. Snapstream has a closet-sized appliance that can record 50 TV channels with a single coax input to 125+ TB of storage. The entire unit is made up of several 3U or 4U "servers" that each contain several tuners and plenty of storage space. They're all networked together with a beefy HP network switch. Snapstream's other main feature is their search technology, so you can search all the channels that you record. Apparently this technology is used by "The Soup" on the E! channel and the Daily Show to find all the clips that they use with their programming. Check it out here: http://tvsearcher.snapstream.com/2010/04/introducing-the-worlds-largest-dvr-tv-search-engine/
  7. You sound a little unsure about whether disk I/O is your current bottleneck. Have you analyzed the database traffic to see how many read requests vs. write requests there are? Do you know how many requests per second your database handles? From what I've seen around, if there are a lot of reads going on, you may be able to solve that with more RAM, but I don't know enough about the guts of SQL Server to give you a definitive answer. It looks like there is a lot of info going around. SQL Server Central apparently just started a series of articles around SSDs: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/kendalvandyke/archive/2010/03/09/solid-state-drive-performance-hands_2D00_on_3A00_-part-1.aspx I guess that last thing that I would be worried about, especially with the older OS, is how the drives in your short list handle their wear-leveling.
  8. It is setup as an "iTunes Server", so I've been able to access the shared library via iTunes on my computer. There is the iPhone/iPod MediaSmart app and I did just manage to get that working by using a local IP address. I haven't been able to get it to work using a domain name that I have set up for the server, even though Remote Access is enabled. They've done a nice job of recreating an interface that works just like the native iPod music player, but there is some lag time as each track buffers over the network.
  9. I recently picked up an HP MediaSmart (EX490 model). It came with a 1TB Seagate Barracude 7200.12 drive and I picked up a WD Caviar Green (WD10EARS) so that I could make the drives redundant. The primary reason for the purchase was for backup of multiple machines that I use for work. I've been tossing around thoughts about home/media/storage server for years. I didn't really want something that was a true HTPC (sitting next to the TV), but always wanted something more multi-purpose. Yes, I could have built a machine, but with the home servers coming in the $300-$600 range, it was hard to justify the time to select components, build the machine, and configure it. I also decided to go with the HP because of the "extras" that HP adds on - they do a little bit more work to make the machine user-friendly and knowing that my wife may end up using some features, I didn't necessarily want to play tech support any time she used it. Initial setup was easy. I have the HP (along with my desktop computer) on a wired network connected to a Linksys router configured as a wired to wireless bridge. The other two computers (laptops) are connecting wirelessly to the HP. The initial backups of the wireless laptops took a long time, but subsequent incremental backups were quick. So far, all I've done is get my machines backing up to the home server and copied my music over to the shared folders on the server. I can now see the HP server in both Windows Media Player and iTunes as a shared library. Eventually, I will probably get a media streaming device to put next to the TV to pull media from the machine, but I'm not there yet.
  10. I think that's pretty sweet actually - the cords automatically "retract", but don't get lost, when you're not using them.
  11. Please give the reliability survey login another try and let us know if it works now.
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    Need Help Installing Windows on SAS Array

    Looking at this page: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...tid=&impid= under "SAS Raid Controller", the driver link gets you here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...-1&impid=-1, where there is information about putting it on a floppy.
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    Free Online Storage

    A service that I've been using lately is DropBox (www.dropbox.com). Haven't used it enough to really be able to compare and contrast, but one major plus is that they have clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iPhone. In addition to the desktop client, you can use their web site to access your files. Backups happen in the background and you can get 2GB of space free.