Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2011 4:07 PM (in response to Zathrak)
sounds like you need a DROBO. If all you're doing is serving up audio and video, a USB 2.0 connection is fine. It sounds like you're looking for two different things...local storage and an online backup service. Or, are you talking about uploading all your content somewhere and streaming it down to your mini? If it's #2, then that's going to be way slower than connecting a USB device.
For online backups, I use Crashplan, which is better than Mozy and Carbonite (both of which I've used for at least a year), IMO.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2011 4:11 PM (in response to Zathrak)
Another thing to mention...if that's all you're serving, that sort of thing can be handled quite easily with a desktop mini...you didn't have to spring for the Lion server. Are you still within your two week return period?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2011 5:37 AM (in response to Creeper74)
As it happens, you're pretty much correct on both accounts. I need local storage likely in the form of an NAS and then an online solution.
What I've decided on due to my lack of available time left to debate this whole project was to grab an NAS from QNAP and work that with LiveDrive. Thanks for your thoughts Creeper! In addition, you're right on about the serving aspect of the Mini. I actually didn't get the server for pure serving purposes. I got it for the QuadCore i7 2.0ghz and 2x500GB drives.unless you're saying there is a Mini that isn't the server that maintains those specs?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2011 12:02 PM (in response to Zathrak)
I think the server is the only one that gives you a quad and the dual drives out of the box. you can add a second drive to any mini (check ifixit.com) but i'm pretty sure it's going to void your warranty.
i remember seeing a thread or two where people were doing the same thing as you, but didn't want the server components of the OS to run. I don't think there is a way to remove them (so that you're just running a desktop version of Lion), but with a quad, i don't think you're going to see any perf issues. have fun!