I would like some opinions for a file server build. I have no experience with actual server grade hardware. The customer is a photographer and uses Photoshop. He is requesting a central storage system so that he can work on his files from multiple Windows systems in his studio. I will use Mint-5 64-bit as the O/S. I will also be installing a gigabit network.
My questions are:
1.) Is server grade hardware necessary for this situation or can I just use pc grade hardware?
2.) I would like to use Raid-1 with two 1-TB disks. Is software raid dependable or should I use hardware raid?
3.) I would like to have some kind of backup system. I was thinking of two 1-TB external drives that could be swapped each week. The customer would keep one drive off-site at all times. Can this be accomplished without the user having to unmount & mount the drives? He is somewhat computer illiterate.