What are the obvious(and not so obvious) disadvantages to using my gaming rig as an HTPC and Media Server?
Noise and Heat can be fixed with good fans.
If something critical breaks, you lose access to all 3 (gaming, HTPC, media server) since its all on one machine.
However if you want to consolidate to save space and money its an available option.
Noise and Heat aren't an issue the way it is right now. The only added noise would be that of the spinning platters, which I think would still be almost inaudible.
Something breaking is a bearable risk. Assuming it's replaceable, or in regard to the RAID setup, rebuildable.
I think, for me, those risks are acceptable for the money savings. Thanks!
If you want it up 24/7 it'll be painful. I'd suggest going with RAID 6 with that large of an array though - if you lose a drive with a 12 TB RAID 5 set you will likely never get it rebuilt without an uncorrectable read error.
Well it doesn't really need to be up 24/7. I live alone and only I would be using it when home. So realistically it would be running ~80 hours per week, or 12/7. I don't know if that effectively double's the lifespan, or not, but hopefully helps prolong drive stability.
Would switching from a 4x 3TB RAID 5 to a 5x 2TB RAID 5 reduce my chance of an uncorrectable read error? Since it would be spanning 5 drives instead of 4?
I am trying to keep the drives under $600, really closer to $500. Putting 4x 3TB into RAID 6 only leaves me with 6TB(50% efficiency), essentially $93 per TB. If I were to go with 5x 2TB RAID 5, I would have 8TB(80% efficiency) @ $63 per TB. However, if increasing the number of drives doesn't benefit me at all, I could even go with a 5x 2TB RAID 6, leaving me still with 6TB(60% efficiency), but only costing $83 per TB.
Assuming my math is correct, which route would you recommend? Also, am I able to increase the capacity later on by adding drives to it in the future? If yes, how risky is that and is it worth that risk? Have you done it?
Edited by tbris84, 03 February 2013 - 10:19 AM.