Currently at home I use a HP MicroServer with Windows Home Server on it to store all my media (music, video, and photos). I do all my photo editing on a HP tower PC with a nice Samsung monitor. My camera is a 16 MP DSLR so the RAW files that I am editing are pretty big (around 21 MB each). It takes quite a while for the thumbnails to load when I browse a folder, and it takes an age to open a RAW file or to save an edited PSD file over the network to the WHS.
I’ve decided to migrate my content from the WHS to my PC. But the PC only has a 465 GB drive. That’s too small and it’s a single point of failure.
What I’ve decided to do is deploy Storage Spaces using USB 3.0 drives on the tower PC. The PC doesn’t have USB 3.0 ports. So what I did was use some Amazon.co.uk store credit and bought some USB 3.0 ports. I bought 2 * StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter, available from:
That gives me a total of 4 * USB 3.0 ports on the back of the tower PC. The cards come with optional power supply leads for devices that draw power from the ports. They are plugged into the hard drive power lead in the PC.
Next I’ll be getting myself 2 * 3TB USB 3.0 drives, and plugging one into each USB 3.0 card. With 2-way mirroring I’ll get just under 3 TB of storage, enough to keep me going for a while, and with room to expand again in the future.
Data access will be much faster than it currently is and I can look at recycling the WHS, possibly turning it into SMB 3.0 storage for my home lab.