I most likely didn’t send this inquiry up the right channel within your company, but I am hoping that I have since you are most likely knowledgeable about most of your current product line.
I’m starting all of my data storing and home networking/streaming from scratch. With, of course, a few mandatory initial requirements to get this new setup running.
I’ll start by mentioning what I already have as well as the components I already know will be involved.
Current storage in use:
WD 3TB MyBook
WD 3TB Internal drive (currently housed in a USB shell until the new PC arrives)
WD 750GB Portable
WD 500GB Portable
2 crappy Toshiba 750GB Portable drives
(I know…I know, ew. They were on sale and I needed a place to dump data fast. I’ll never stray again)
On for the overall goal (and why I need your consultation first).
I have a brand new PC on the way. Made sure it has several slots for additional internal drives. Also equipped with 4x USB3.0 ports and 8x USB2.0 ports. On the complete other side of the house is my flat-screen TV. Doesn’t have every single port imaginable but darn near it. So hopefully plugging in shouldn’t be too difficult.
This opens up a few different areas where advise is needed. Most importantly I want to be able to have everything hosted on the PC and accessible not only my current living room TV but also on a separate TV to be placed in the bedroom and some day down the road a 3rd media receiving TV in yet a different room.
I’ve browsed through most of your current product line but because some products are so close to each other I want to make sure I’m making the BEST choice. Not one I just assumed would work.
I am told that internal drives are much more reliable and have higher shelf life. I use my media A LOT. Not only actual utilizing but adding to/moving/changing/organizing. So what is my safest route for the long haul??
Is it safe for my drives to plug many of my external WD drives (MyBook and portable) into the new PC at the same time? Will this put any strain at all on them? If there is one most important factor in this entire project it is to ensure the data storage is NEVER compromised. It literally has to be bulletproof. There will most likely be a higher level raid set up to ensure this unless you have a different suggestion. Until I have the chance to duplicate the current external drives onto what will probably several stacked internal WD 3TB drives…I need to make sure I am as safe as possible to not compromise any current data.
Is it safe to instruct my PC to transfer to/from more than one connected WD external drive at the same time?
NEW PC specs in case it is relevant:
AMD Elite Quad-Core A10-6700 accelerated processor
3.70GHz, 4MB L2 Cache
8GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 32GB)
1TB SATA hard drive
10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
4 x USB 3.0 ports, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x optical audio output
2 x PCI Express (x1) slots, 2 x PCI Express (x16) slots, 2 x external 5.25" bays, 3 x internal 3.5" bays
Windows 8 (may downgrade it to Win7 if I hate the new OS)
What is my best approach to streaming all of this with wireless to multiple receiving TVs in the most efficient and reliable way possible. All the while maintaining a high rate of use with the need to not compromise the data. Ever.
Ever. Ever. Ever. Never.
Since I feel that I may have already written one of the longest inquires you’ve gotten I will stop here for right now.
Help me create my dream media powerhouse.