Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC
June 30, 2010 8:06 AM Subscribe
I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage.
posted by cosmic osmo to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I need at least 2TB of storage for all of my media files, and would like the possibility of easy expansion. I would also like to have a backup of all of the files.
I would like to be able to download files from the Internet onto my MacBook and wirelessly drag-and-drop them to wherever the media is stored. I'd also like to wirelessly stream the video files to an iPad and an iPhone via AirVideo.
From what I gather, my two options are external hard drives hooked up directly to the Mini, or a NAS setup--except I've researched a whole bunch, and I still have no idea if one is a better option than the other for what my goals are. (I don't really understand the concept of a NAS in general, actually, or if I need to set up a server and if so what that would entail.) I've heard about the Drobo, which is attractive in that it offers easy expansion and redundant data in case one of the drives fails, but it seems to get a lot of bad reviews and I keep hearing "RAID is not backup." (It's also a lot more money than I want to spend.)
Some information that may or may not be relevant:
- All the computers in my household are Macs running OS X 10.6
- The Mac Mini is several floors away from my DSL modem and so has to connect to my network via WiFi
- I have a bunch of external hard drives at my disposal, so if I can avoid buying anything new that would be great
- I'm okay with doing manual backups once a week or so of my media drive--constant synchronization is not a necessity.