(2012-03-27 17:05)Van G Wrote: I'm going through the same decision myself - Synology DS212j or unRAID build or combining HTPC/NAS with Win8 and it's Storage Spaces.
unRAID doesn't seem overly time consuming a project, especially since you are already building an HTPC then you've got the info and community resources right here.
But I'm concerned about the speed across the LAN. Doesn't it deliver data at slightly slower speeds than the drive it is coming from? Isn't this a future proof issue as the both the data size and number of devices in the home using the data increase?
If I were to go Synology I would probably do DS212j (2x2TB) and create some sort of backup plan between it, my workstation, external USB 3 drive, and cloud.
WRT to Win8 and Storage Spaces, if the case is cool enough, does this not provide the best of both worlds?
There are more options then just unRaid or Storage Spaces. FlexRaid, SNAPRaid, etc... to name a few.
The only concern you should have re: speed across lan is the ability to deliver the media file as fast as your player needs it. If you're using gigabit you have nothing to worry about. Disk I/O speed is a non-factor in this occasion.