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Arca
2007-04-04, 04:43
I was contemplating picking up a 500GB USB 2 external hardrive (7200rpm,16mb buffer), but before I did, I want to be sure there are no common problems.

Along the same lines, my computer goes into standby (S3), and I was wondering if the SB3 can nudge it awake, and if that would cause any difficulties with the external drive (like not being recognized). Just want to be sure before I drop $150.00 on another drive.

Thanks in advance!

mflint
2007-04-04, 04:56
I was contemplating picking up a 500GB USB 2 external hardrive (7200rpm,16mb buffer), but before I did, I want to be sure there are no common problems.

Some people have had problems with SlimServer not being able to find music on external USB drives, but (as far as I know) it's always been a permissions problem when running on a unixy-type box. It's certainly fixable...


Along the same lines, my computer goes into standby (S3), and I was wondering if the SB3 can nudge it awake, and if that would cause any difficulties with the external drive (like not being recognized). Just want to be sure before I drop $150.00 on another drive.

I have noticed my SB2 and SB3 occasionally say "Waking up SlimServer" when they're powered on... but I've never needed to rely on it. (My SlimServer box is an always-on, low-power Kurobox)

See also this recent thread (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=32674) for a discussion about waking up a sleeping server... I guess your server box's ethernet card would need to support WOL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake-on-LAN)?

Congratulations on the new purchase - welcome to the club! :-)

Crispy
2007-04-04, 05:14
I was contemplating picking up a 500GB USB 2 external hardrive (7200rpm,16mb buffer), but before I did, I want to be sure there are no common problems.


For a while, I used a Seagate 300Gb USB2 drive. There weren't any functional problems with it - Slimserver didn't have a problems with visibility etc. What I did notice, was that if the drive hadn't been accessed for a while (& had presumably spun down), there was a noticeable delay in loading & playing the first track - 5 to 10 seconds or so. You could also see this delay just by browsing to the disk in Explorer - so it wasn't Slimserver. I don't know how they are sold now - but there was no utility to control spin-down or wake-up times.

BigTony
2007-04-04, 05:34
I'm using a WD MyBook 500GB drive connected via Firewire to my PC. It works perfectly - but when its powered down it can take 10-15 seconds to wake up properly and start streaming.

Cheers

BT

Chewie
2007-04-04, 05:58
I'm using a WD MyBook 500GB drive connected via Firewire to my PC. It works perfectly - but when its powered down it can take 10-15 seconds to wake up properly and start streaming.

Cheers

BT

I use two of the same drives and they have worked faultlessly. I also run a couple of the same drives but smaller as back up for my PC and mp3ís and again they have both run trouble free for some years.

Deaf Cat
2007-04-05, 01:41
Hi

When my 500gb Lacie external did work, SS had no problems in locating and playing from it.

BUT, within the first two years, it broke and was replaced once, broke again twice and was hence repaired twice, and had 3 new psu's as these were apparantly pretty weak, you can guess how much fun I had in playing music, and re-ripping :-(

Learnt my back up lesson and what not to buy. Now have an internal that is backed up by external, NEITHER are Lacie :-)

WilCox
2007-04-05, 05:05
I'm using a WD MyBook 500GB drive connected via Firewire to my PC. It works perfectly - but when its powered down it can take 10-15 seconds to wake up properly and start streaming.

Cheers

BT
I'm using a pair of the USB versions of the WD MyBook 500GB drives and they work perfectly with my PC. As BigTony points out, it sometimes takes a few seconds to wake them up, but I think the fact that they power down when not in use is a good thing.

bukharin
2007-04-05, 18:03
I'm thinking of writing a small plugin to eliminate this delay.

The idea would be that every time the server expects you're about to play something (eg when the SB/Tp is turned on, or when "browse" is pressed), it reads a small file from the hard disk in order to wake it up.

I'm not sure how this would work with caching filesystems; writing a file would work better, but would depend on write access to the filesystem, which can't be assumed.

Do you guys think that would be useful? Or is the delay really not bothersome?