To accompany your new HTPC Home Cinema system, you may want to convert all of your current DVDs/BlueRays to a digital format.

Doing this however, will require a large amount of disk storage space.

A normal DVD will be around 4Gb in size, and a BlueRay in the order of 100Gb.

Therefore, to accommodate this data, we’d like to suggest a few options to storing your movies etc.

Option 1: External hard drive. these come in size ranging from 320Gb to 2Tb, and can be plugged into any available USB slot on the HTPC Home Cinema system.. If you have more than 1 spare USB port, then additoinal external drives can be added.

Option 2: Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Again, these come in size ranging from 320Gb to 2Tb. these are normally connected straight into your router, but are accessible through your home network, and will be available to any device in your home, be it just your HTPC Home Cinema system, a tablet PC, or a smart phone. these NAS units can normally accommodate upto 2 drives, to you instantly double your capacity upto 4Tb.

Option 3: Windows Home Server. Windows Home Server (WHS) is a home server operating system from Microsoft, offers a solution for homes with multiple connected PCs to offer file sharing and automated backups of all PCs on your home network.

Additionally, a WHS is (normally) supplied as a 4-bay system, with each bay capable of housing a 2Tb disk, giving upto a maximum of 8Tb of storage. The WHS is connected to your router, and allows files to be shared to all compatible devices in the home, and also away from the home via the internet.

Additional storage (upto maximum of ~50Tb) can be added via eSata/USB ports on the WHS.

Option 4:An alternative to WHS, is to purchase a custom-built server, running either WHS or Windows 7, but in a large computer case that can hold upto 12 disks, with upto 3Tb disks in each slot, giving a maximum of 36Tb of storage. More details available on request.

So, as you can see, there are a range of options for storing your DVDs/BlueRays.

Don’t forget, that all of your home movies, and/or digital photos need storing somewhere, and they need to be kept safe,

With options 3 and 4, duplication can be enabled so that any folder can be copied to a separate disk in case of failure (disks don’t last forever, but the mean time between failures (MTBF) figure is around 1500 days, although they could arrive from the supplied dead (DOA)).

If you feel this is something you will be interested in, please contact us via our contact page.

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