Continuing from another thread:
On the other hand, I am completely for offline storage. With hard drive prices going down, it is easier to download a file and store it than to rely on the cloud. I have almost completed ripping my 850 DVD collection to MP4 for storage on our media server. This will be complete once I am able to setup a Raid 1 array of about 4TB. Right now, I am stuck at 2TB on a single disk. Once I get a new enclosure, I will setup a Windows-based raid mirror (hardware raid is flaky unless you invest in a reliable controller, not those cheap promise boards).
Kind of OT, but... Have you looked at FreeNAS? Someone recommended it to me in another thread and it's been wonderful.
@Josh - +1 w/Ren on FreeNAS. It's a great solution. Before you commit to using Windows, consider giving FreeNAS a try. It won't cost you anything other than your time to try it out. You may be surprised to find it's everything you need - plus a whole lot more.
Although I'm not too big on recommending RAID for most personal uses and/or skill levels, it does have it's place. And the software implementations of RAID running under the NIX environment have proven extremely reliable in my experience. And I do servers for a living. So I see a few more of them in operation than most people do.
I'm not sure why people kind of poo-poo on RAID for home use. I suppose for more casual home use, yeah, that makes sense. However, for those of us that work at home, or do work at home, it really is more sensible.
e.g. I have data on my FreeNAS that represents thousands of hours of work.
I get a fair amount of peace of mind from it. If nothing else, that peace of mind is pretty good.
Incidentally, the FreeNAS password recovery software I wrote, I posted here: http://forums.freena...er-name-and-password
Turns out you can *reset* the password easily enough with physical access to the machine.
So, the software I wrote is less useful, but still EXTREMELY useful when you need to RECOVER the password. e.g. I set the admin WebGUI password to the same as the machine root password... Making recovering the password a VERY valuable task that resetting does not help with, and even hinders.
Anyways, the ability to reset there is fantastic. It's a well designed system and I've been nothing but happy with it. It sure as hell runs better than either my Mac or my PC.