Originally Posted by Pain Infliction
What is transcoding? Something I also thought of is, how do I tell what hard drive is failing or failed if I have a bunch on the mobo and sata card? Will flexraid tell me what slot it is on on the mobo or pci card?
Transcoding is changing the resolution on the fly to deliver content to different devices.
Example: You have a 1080p rip you want to watch on your iphone, droid, laptop, or tablet over wireless- but you can't stream 1080p over wireless because the wireless it too slow for such a huge file size and bit rate. Many front ends (plex is best) and programs can take your 1080p content and transcode it on the fly to an appropriate resolution (like 480p on your cell phone, or 720p on your laptop) It takes some CPU horsepower to transcode on the fly - and for this I would say get a quad core.
Other people use something like handbrake (program) to change the resolution before they play - but that is a ton of work. With Plex, and MB3 you can transcode on the fly and upload the video stream over the internet to play on your smart phone or tablet on the internet if you are not home.
On my honeymoon I watched a movie on my iphone in Hawaii- and my server is at my house in MA. That's freakin' half way around the world !!!
You can tell if a hard drive fails. It will tell you. Hard drives are on cables that are labeled. Usually the sata card has PORT 0 and PORT 1 (port 0 is drives 1-2-3-4 and port 1 is drives +5+6+7+8) and the expansion cables has each sata tip labeled (1+2+3+4) the second one then 1=5, 2=6, 3=7, 4=8/ It is not hard to keep track of your hard drives. I used a cheap label maker I bought at costco that prints stick on labels- and actually labeled the top of my server with drives so in the future I know which drive is where without a glance. When you install the drives you must install each one (basically give them a drive letter, sometimes windows does this automatically when it auto detects the hard drives) - The hard drive must be installed on the the operating system before you can use it for a flexraid pool, or add it in. This is the time you can label the drive- I label the HDD and the top of my server so I know which drive is which and where it is. That way in the future if one of my drives fails I know exactly which one it is and where it is.