Originally Posted by boe
My oppo 103 streams 1080p flawlessly from my PC (via cat5, the wireless that comes with it is as useless as tits on bull) which is in a different room so I don't need a media PC at this point. My oppo 103 is pretty quiet. The reason I'm doing 4TB is so I don't have to buy a separate housing for my data yet as I only want so many drives and so much noise. Eventually I'll have to switch them for larger ones and use them for my backup. I usually just by from Amazon. I have them in RAID 5 for cheap redundancy but he speed with a high end LSI controller is very good. I'm not using that much space yet - about 12TB for TV shows and only a few TB for movies as I haven't started ripping 99% of my movies yet. I'm basically waiting for 10TB drives so I figure in about 5 years I'll finally convert thousands of BR and DVDs to my media server/PC.
I think we should start a new thread before I derail this poor guy's post any further. I apologize for rambling.
My HTPC is just hit 32TB spinning (on-line) and thought I would point out that there is no advantage in high performance in this storage unless you plan to copy the stuff around a lot, but recording 4 HD shows at once from my Ceton TV card, barely registers a blip on disk IO, and that is against 2TB and now 4TB SATA drives. I used a drive dock and keep a pile of the cheapest drives I can get for back-up drives. I run just one drive that anything can write to and it is dedicated to WTV and other media files, that drive I mirror to the Dock, and since I never write on one that has been filled, there is no additional back-up needed once it fills up.
Once full the current active drive is reassigned a new drive, letter, the docked drive is stashed off-site with the back-up and I add a new driver into the rotation and a new drive in the dock and the cycle continues. The upside is you never have to make a back-up again, and you can have all of your favorites available at once. I looked at various RAID approaches and all were way more expensive and did not buy anything over the approach I currently use. If you are going to span disks, JBOD is actually better than RAID 0 as you do not need a RAID controller and the overhead that comes with it.
Not only are the drives fast enough to record and play back more than any other part of your system could handle, but they are not bad for commercial editing, I use VideoReDo+ TV Suite and rips through an hour long HD program in about 10 minutes on the SATA and the same time on an SSD, so it is process bound and not IO bound.
Like you I have not ripped any of my movies, I have the Sony 400 DVD changer and they are loaded in to that and when and if I get enough Blu-Ray's I'll probably get the new Sony changer that handles Blu-Ray. I tried a lot of rippers and a very beefy PC and it is just too slow for me to bother. What I have been doing is looking for any movie in my disc collection to air on cable or even commercial TV, then I clean it up with VideoRe-Do and if just goes in the soft media collection.