NAS, DAS , PC or something else for PCH storage?
I have a tonne of DVD's and I am getting to the point I no longer wish to have them on display in my entertainment room ( they simply take up too much space ). Instead of just having my top 300 DVDs stored on my 1.5TB internal drive, in my Popcorn Hour, I would like to expand things so that 1000+ DVD are stored digitally on hard drives.
To facilitate this, I need to have essentially an array of hard drives. The popular Dlink NAS isn't adequate as it only holds 2 hard drives.
I'd like to have the option to load in up to 8 drives, of various sizes now, but eventually all 1TB to 2TB drives.
I found a DAS by Edge10 called the DAS801t , however this looks to be European. Its eSATA and has 8 bays in it. The Popcorn hour may have an issue with at unless I can get a USB2 to eSATA converter.
I'm not sure NAS' come in multi-bay sizes that are priced for residential use. If their are some, then by all means, please point me in that direction.
The other option is just getting another computer ( or use one of my existing extra PCs ) and maybe change cases / power supplies , add an extra SATA controller card and then run all the drives in it.
As you can see, I know just enough to have some idea's on what to consider, but don't know enough to decide what options are practical.
I think one of my hurdles is the Popcorn Hour not mounting multiple drives. Maybe this has a work-around now, as I haven't reach the NMT forums for a while, but if it doesn't, then I would have to set-up my indexes of movies on EACH drive and not have one nice master. Although, maybe if you can make all the physical drives act as 1 giant logical drive, it might work.
The more I think about this , the more I get confused. I should get back to my original question.. what is the most economical/practical way to run numerous drives to be access by devices like the Popcorn Hour, WDTV, etc?
Thanks for reading this far