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2017 HTPC Upgrade and Repurpose. Part 3.

This is my third and final post about putting together my new HTPC and home Linux server. Everything is up and running now and I wanted to highlight the server here today.

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The build here was probably the simplest of them as this was mainly just a parts swap. After cleaning the inside of the old HTPC, now called Project Save Ayers Rock, it was ready for the new hardware, listed below.

WD Blue 4TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD40EZRZ
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5″ 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/120G ($44.99)
LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter without Software, Black (WH14NS40)

The optical drive and 3.5″ hard drive were one-to-one replacements for the old ones. The Kingston SSD was taped to the case floor near the front where there was plenty of clearance. Since this server will be hiding most of the time in the office, I disconnected the front audio ports and LEDs to save on wiring clutter.In addition to the parts above, I bought a new PSU, the same model, as the old one had this kind of whine when it first boots up so maybe I was losing it. I also needed more SATA cables so popped for this Sabrent SSD / SATA Hard Drive Connection Kit, which I was happy with.

Ubuntu 16.04 was installed without any issues.

Here is what the server is currently doing, topics for future posts for sure:

  • Media server for videos, music, and photos.
  • Backup server for media as well as personal photos, videos, and family devices.
  • Nightly backups to external hard drive.
  • MythTV server with over-the-air antenna.
  • DVD and Blu-ray movie backup host.
  • Nightly folding for World Community Grid



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