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Old 9th March, 2005, 08:29 PM
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It depends on how fast you need it to be, if the most it's going to be taxed is all 5 systems streaming video at the same time, then even a single drive would easily cope with this, over even 100mbit networking.
What sort of files are likely to be stored on it? how often will lots of speed be needed? Is it likely that all 5 systems will need lots of throughput at the same time?
If the most it's to be used for is streaming video, then a cheap sempron system with about 256mb ram, gigabit ethernet, and a couple of SATA drives, mirrored for safety rather than striped for speed will do, even if you need to stream 5 dvd quality videos

Theres no problem netorking linux with windows, samba can be used to create windows netwroking shares
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