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Ultramog
2005-10-21, 09:10
I've been SB2/Slimserving for a couple months, very happy camper. Local OSX drive is filling up and I calculate I'll need about 500GB for the current collection, which grows steadily. Should I get:

1) A 500GB external drive and then another after that's filled and storage costs have continued to drop? Will SlimServer maintain a library over multiple drives?

2) A NAS?

3) Something else...

TIA.

sleepysurf
2005-10-21, 09:25
Check out the Buffalo Linkstation or Terrastation...
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/storage.php

I'm using a 300GB Linkstation, works great, and the price is right. Some techies have figured how to run Slimserver directly on the Linkstation, but I'm happy controlling everything from my office laptop.

Dondi
2005-10-21, 09:38
--- Ultramog
<Ultramog.1x9fiz (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

>
> I've been SB2/Slimserving for a couple months, very
> happy camper. Local
> OSX drive is filling up and I calculate I'll need
> about 500GB for the
> current collection, which grows steadily. Should I
> get:
>
> 1) A 500GB external drive and then another after
> that's filled and
> storage costs have continued to drop? Will
> SlimServer maintain a
> library over multiple drives?
>
> 2) A NAS?
>
> 3) Something else...
>
> TIA.

I suggest whatever your end-solution, you also have a
backup/duplication plan with that large of a library.
One you tag, sort and preen your large library, you
want to keep it safe, duplicated and/or rebuildable in
the event of a catastrophe that are so common with
Hard disks these days. Options can consist of RAID-5
storage on an array (external etc), or buy 2 of
whatever primary storage solution you go with and keep
a duplicate on the second for backup purposes and
periodically update and increment changes, etc.
Whatever you do, just have a second version of your
library somewhere so that WHEN YOUR DISASTER STRIKES
(and it WILL happen), you should be able to replace
the entire library without much fuss.

I have a large library and presently I have one
machine dedicated as a SLIM server that has a Firewire
800 MicroNET 1TB RAID-5 array hanging off of it. I
also have a Windows Media Center PC machine that has
one of those 500GB LaCie Bigger Disk Extremes with
triple interface connected via FireWire 800 which also
acts as a secondary recording Hard Drive for TV/Movies
on the MCE.

When changes are made to the primary music library
(the MicroNET/Slimserver library) they are
automagically made on the MCE library via Microsoft's
Free SyncToy utility that increments and executes
differences in directory tree structures. This is just
the way I do things... I'm sure every person in this
forum has their own unique way of protecting, sorting
& treating their own libraries. To defend against
criticism & flaming in advance, I AM NOT saying what I
am doing is better, wiser, safer, more efficient,
smarter or the like. I am just saying that this is
what I DO. Ok, flame away!!

-- D




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Brian Curtis
2005-10-21, 09:40
On Oct 21, 2005, at 9:10 AM, Ultramog wrote:

> 1) A 500GB external drive and then another after that's filled and
> storage costs have continued to drop? Will SlimServer maintain a
> library over multiple drives?

I'm using OS X and I've got my collection split over 2 drives. iTunes
can find all your music then use the iTunes integration in SlimServer.

el payo
2005-10-21, 12:15
I have a dedicated LaCie 1TB Bigger Disk Extreme
backup drive for my library as well which does
automatic incremental backups via the DejaVu pref pane
(based on rsync) of the internal drive on my old skool
PowerMac Cube (dedicated SlimServer box.)

If you have a copy of Toast, you probably have a free
copy of DejaVu.

If not: http://propagandaprod.com/dejavu.html

As other posters have mentioned, a backup drive is a
critical investment, even if it hurts a bit to shell
out for 2 drives. The time saved not having to re-rip,
re-tag, repopulate with artwork, etc is well worth it.




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