Building a media server

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  1. RichardJB

    RichardJB Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all,,I am looking to replace my old Compaq Presario
    with a newer computer and then I want to turn the Compaq into a media server for my network at home. Does anyone know of any good websites with specific step by step
    instructions on how to do this? The machine does have a Pent 4 chip with 750ram. I am willing to put 4
    hard drives-1-music 2-movies 3-games 4-video. Any help will be greatley appreciated.
     
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    htpcnews.com is a good place to start.
     
  3. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

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    If you do put 4 drives in it you're probably going to want additionaly fans. Also, make sure the power supply can handle that load. I would be tempted to get two very large drives and partitioning them as need.
     
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    you're going to need an additional PCI pata card, as you can only control 4 total devices on your mobo. presuming you've got a CD/DVD, that's 3 HDs. presuming you've got a boot HD, that's 2 more. a PCI PATA card can handle 2.

    No step-by-step needed, really. Basically, for the first 2 dedicated to data:
    - open up machine
    - plug new HDs into the onboard PATA controller
    - plug in power supply (how many watts is yours - you may need a new one).
    - turn on PC.
    - run diskmgmt.msc to make sure all are formatted and have partitions setup
    - have fun

    If you buy a PCI PATA card, then:
    - open up machine
    - plug in new card
    - plug new HDs into both the onboard PATA controller and PCI hard
    - plug in power supply (you'll definitely need a new one)
    - turn on PC
    - run diskmgmt.msc
    - have fun
     
  5. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    If you're buying the drives, then buy four really big ones (300-500 gigs) and a RAID card from 3ware.com (the four port cards aren't obscenely pricey.) Then make one volume out of the drives in a RAID5 array; you lose one drives worth of storage but gain resiliency - any one drive can break and you won't lose data.
     

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