I'm putting together my first system mostly from stuff I have laying around. My Hybrid will be based off an ASUS AN-M2 motherboard (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Abit_AN-M2
in a Shuttle small form factor case that I happened to have available.
My question is how do you (or do you?) back up your media? In this box I only have room for two SATA drives. I might be able to squeeze a USB stick or a 2.5" drive in there as well if I got creative.
Once you spend a lot of time ripping your DVD's and music, I would assume you would want that protected from mechanical disk failure. I could do raid but a hardware RAID controller is about the same money as an external raid enclosure. I could buy a NAS with RAID for not much more.
So based on your experience with LMCE, what would you recommend. If it matters, I am more interested in ease of use than absolute performance.
1. Software RAID built into motherboard
2. Buy a hardware RAID card
3. Buy an external RAID enclosure and connect through ESATA
4. Buy a NAS with RAID built in
5. Just connect an external drive and run backup scripts regularly
What do you guys do? Do you run separate physical disks for OS versus media or just separate partitions?