macmini suggestion (OSX server) for 10-15TB data

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by slayerizer, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    slayerizer

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    I'm considering getting a mac mini for server purposes. Anyone have ideas for a setup where I need at least 10TB of storage?I already have 2 windows servers that have 10tb each, I wanted to replace one with a mac mini.I have a ton of movies (movies that i own and transcoded to a digital file) and I also want to do remote backup of my macs via network on that machine.

    I don't need RAID protection since I will clone the data to my windows server.

    I bought drive enclosures in the past but they all failed. Is there something reliable out there without breaking the bank? I could plug 3-4x USB drives but this requires several PSU.

    Otherwise I will keep my windows box and install itunes for media sharing with my apple tv. I know it's also possible to do a network backup to a SMB share in case I don't get the mini.

    any inputs?
     
  2. mikepro macrumors 6502

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    So... it sounds like the only thing this would give you over your windows setup is the ability to do Time Machine? I mean you can run iTunes on Mac and Windows, and you already have the windows boxes, so just wondering what this gives you?

    If just Time machine, maybe just get a Time Capsule.

    Alternatively, you could do something cheap like get 3 4TB external firewire or USB drives and hook them up to your Mini. I like the Seagate external drives that allow you to swap the interface from firewire to USB3 to thunderbolt.

    I like this solution better than the enclosure boxes that have their own controllers and stuff in them. Makes it much easier to get your data off if you do have a failure in an enclosure or power supply. But, it's 3 separate volumes, rather than appearing as 1 mega volume.
     

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