I've had an HTPC sitting under my Plasma for a couple of years and recently bought one of those Revo Atom mini PCs.
Using the HTPC was always a bit of a pain as I used several external USB drives with it and this trend seems to be continuing with the REVO (albeit with 2.5" externals)
Now it seems to me I need to get my act together and organise this far better than I currently do. Each bedroom has a networked hard wired PC and the 2 living rooms also (plus of course it would be nice to add the laptops too on wifi!) Basically lots of machines and too much distributed on single machines..... Such a waste!
So...... I'm going to make a server for it all and have XBMC on each machine too.
Now, as I said, I already have several external USB 3.5 and 2.5 inch drives. I do also have a linksys NSLU2, but nevr really managed to get it running properly and is still virgin (ie not unslugged!) and very very slow.
I'd rather use these drives, rather than go buy another 8 1 TB drives or so!
So can I use this server and share using external USB drives?
I assume having this many devices, I'll be eating lots of juice? Is there a good solution to minimise power consumption? (ie would an atom based Revo be usable for this with external drives?)
All a bit confusing and far too many options available..... just throwing into the pot whats considered a good way and whats pants! I should add - I have loads of older PCs I can use as a server, though should I do it that way, or just another networked PC?