My home network is long overdue for a non-attached to my main-computer backup/storage solution.
I have a spare chassis sitting next to me that (I believe) has 4 drive bays and motherboard RAID. It's a little noisier and power hungry than would be ideal, but (aside from the drives) this would be ready to load OS and go. As a bonus this spare rig should be meaty enough to run as a full HD media server without breaking a sweat.
Or I could get a Drobo FS, slide some drives in and be done. Is the drop-dead simple approach worth the premium?
Recommendations? What works for you? What OS would you use?
Guidelines: Space isn't really an issue. Yes, it needs to be a NAS.
I'd like this to be quiet if possible, something that would need to be addressed on the chassis I have available. Power isn't really an issue, but an efficient rig would be nice.
3 backup clients over the network. 3-5 Media clients if I go that route.
Thanks for your thoughts!