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egd
2006-01-18, 19:13
Hi

I've been considering getting an SB for some time now and am now just about ready to bite the bullet and get the SB3.

Before I do I want to ensure I make the right decisions in terms of storage. I've seen many posts discussing the pros and cons of various NAS solutions etc. - it seems from the posts that most users' music collections can feasibly fit on 2TB. Three questions:

- What are my options if I have around 3-4+TB of lossless audio?

- Presumably Slimserver and the SB3 can only reference one NAS?

- How easy is it to have the music accessible to different SB3's so that my wife can play her stuff in the lounge and I can listen to mine in my study at the same time?

Thanks

Robin Bowes
2006-01-18, 19:38
egd said the following on 01/19/2006 02:13 AM:
> Hi
>
> I've been considering getting an SB for some time now and am now just
> about ready to bite the bullet and get the SB3.
>
> Before I do I want to ensure I make the right decisions in terms of
> storage. I've seen many posts discussing the pros and cons of various
> NAS solutions etc. - it seems from the posts that most users' music
> collections can feasibly fit on 2TB. Three questions:
>
> - What are my options if I have around 3-4+TB of lossless audio?

A big storage system :)

There are various ways to do this. How deep are your pockets?

The issue of backing everything up also comes into the equation.

You could get 8x500Gb drives and configure them in a RAID0 array giving
you 4TB. But if you lose one drive, you've lost all your music. Not ideal.

You could therefore get 16x500GB drives and either mirror them (RAID1)
or build two separate 4TB arrays and backup one to the other.

Personally, I'd get 10x500GB drives and configure them in RAID6 - this
gives you redundancy and means you can survive the failure of two disks
at once.

> - Presumably Slimserver and the SB3 can only reference one NAS?

slimserver can only reference one music library, but that music library
doesn't have to be all on one NAS, e.g. you can symlink multiple storage
locations under one directory to give you a single library accessible by
slimserver.

> - How easy is it to have the music accessible to different SB3's so
> that my wife can play her stuff in the lounge and I can listen to mine
> in my study at the same time?

Very easy. It just "works". Put all your music and swmbo's in your
common library and you can each point your SBs at the same library and
play what you like.

R.

pfarrell
2006-01-18, 20:00
egd wrote:
> I've been considering getting an SB for some time now and am now just
> about ready to bite the bullet and get the SB3.

Do it, you'll be glad.

> NAS solutions etc. - it seems from the posts that most users' music
> collections can feasibly fit on 2TB. Three questions:

First, why NAS? I can see them as attactive if you
want to stick your toes in the water, but your
questions imply you are going to need a serious
solution.

> - What are my options if I have around 3-4+TB of lossless audio?

That is a lot of data. Even with 500GB disks, that takes eight for
one copy, which exceeds any lightweight power supply or case.


> - Presumably Slimserver and the SB3 can only reference one NAS?

As others say, not really. You can use links between storage
systems, Same whether you are using a NAS or a real computer system.


> - How easy is it to have the music accessible to different SB3's so
> that my wife can play her stuff in the lounge and I can listen to mine
> in my study at the same time?

Trivial. My wife and I do it all the time.

With that much storage, you have to think seriously about backups.
Even a minimal RAID system takes your eight disks to 10 or twelve.
Which is orders of issues different than having two or three disks.
(I have four disks on my slimserver, but they are old and small).

This isn't really a SqueezeBox or SlimServer issue, rather
any time you talk about many terabytes, things get serious.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

egd
2006-01-19, 02:54
Backups / redundancy are not a concern - I invested in a LTO2 (http://www.tandberg.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=106&sid=1&lang=en&pid=7&paction=1) some time ago.

fathom39
2006-01-19, 06:46
Backups / redundancy are not a concern - I invested in a LTO2 (http://www.tandberg.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=106&sid=1&lang=en&pid=7&paction=1) some time ago.


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