I am hoping that the users here might assist me in finding a better solution to the storage of my movies for my Home Theater system?
Here is what I have at present:
I run a Windows 7 environment using a 2-PC network utilizing Windows Work Groups, the network uses CAT 5e cable running at a speed of 1-GB.
The system hardware configuration in my desktop computer is running Windows 7 professional with an FX 8350 CPU a Samsung EVO SSD and a 2-TB Red hard drive.
The HTPC is running a light version of Windows 7 with a low powered Intel processor, a small SSD and a 2-TB Green hard drive.
How I do things now, all of the movies come into my workstation where they are cracked or decoded then a the files are sent to the HTPC in groups and are listed there for viewing. If I decide to keep the movie it is moved to a sub-directory
within the HTPC such as (Action, Drama, Sci Fi etc.)
In addition I maintain a copy of these movies on my work station for back up purposes.
The issue that has developed is that the 2-databases are not balanced as sometime I might have a movie in action on the HTPC and in Sci-Fi on the workstation. This is due to the time frame being used to update the workstation, often days later. I have no other back ups other than the two separate hard drives which are close to being Identical. I have used a program for Synchronization in the past but this has caused many issues which need many hours of work to try and get the two databases close to the same. The size of my current movie files is 922-GB's.
What I want or rather need is a better solution, a 2-Bay NAS with RAID 1 might be better and some way to integrate
a hard drive back up solution that is automated.
I will gratefully receive suggestions and comments, thank you!