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I'm looking to maintain a home server of media (videos,music,etc.) with some RAID(fallback or redundancy) support that I can update relatively easy over the years.

My high level plan is to buy 1U or 2U racks every year or so that have a lot of harddrive bays, and somehow link these logically (meaning I can treat all the space as one large disk I can connect to).

Is this possible? If so what kind of technologies do I need to use to link the separate computers in such a manner (and as efficient/fast as possible). If not, what other recommendations do you have for building a scaling home server (meaning I can add a few dozen TBs every 2-3 years).

Thanks

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Rackmount equipment is typically intended to live in a data center, placing a higher priority on cooling than noise. They may not be well-suited for a home server unless you have a suitable location away from where you'll be watching and listening to your media. – Cakemox Mar 2 '11 at 17:59
    
No worries on that, I have a home where this will be nestled in the basement! :) – Joey Mar 2 '11 at 19:26
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How about something like Gluster?

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Exactly the sort of solution/direction I was looking for thanks! – Joey Mar 2 '11 at 19:26

Consider using a distributed filesystem.

You'll end up with a slower filesystem (been reading about getting as low as 30% vs the real thing) but will be able to manage "virtual" drives as needed (have a look at the slides on gluster.org).

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