Thursday, April 7, 2011

Building a home server

I have been wanting to build a home server to house all my media files that have accumulated over the years.

I have an old PC that I no longer use that had plenty of drive bays. Well, how hard could it be? Right?

Here is the old pc. 

 Lots of wires in this thing. The power supply isn't very old, but I decided to replace the hard drive that will house the OS. 

The chassis is one of the no screws needed models. Should make for quick work.

 My SATA Raid 5 controller. I'm going to hang 4, 2 TB drives off this.

 Bought bare drives so had to buy SATA cables. Since the chassis is old, I also had to get power converter cables.

 5 Seagate Green drives. OS is 500 GB and the rest are 2 TB.

 Drives installed in the chassis. 

 SATA & Power Cables connected to drives. 

 A cold beverage for the technician.

 I had Windows XP Pro from the previous build. Pro supports Raid, so why not use it. 

 The Raid setup screen. 

Windows installed and there is a utility to format the drives. 

This was pretty easy.

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