Originally Posted by fly4christ78
Greetings to all, this is my very first post on avs. I have great respect for all of you, most of this is all GREEK to me. Most of you all seem to be network administrators for companies and I apologize if my questions seem basic, I actually run a flight department and have very little exposure to computers in the building realm.
I have interest in putting my ever growing collection of 1500 DVDs on hard disc and keep them safe and easy to access. Right now I am estimating my drive space needs somewhere in the area of 10Tb and I would like to be able to expand. My question are many but first I am interested in general costs. It looks like to me that for a large space needs as mine the new 1.5Tb Seagate Barracuda drive seems to make sense. If I were to get 10 of these that would cost me about $1900. To compare apples to apples the Seagate 1Tb is $140 and 15 of those would cost me $2100. With the NORCO RPC-4020 at $290 that would put me at about $2200 without all of the rest of the stuff I need.
My questions are what do you think of the 1.5Tb drive? Should I wait for prices to drop more? How much would the rest of the components cost? I have a computer friend to help me build this but do you think that I being a pilot should even try to do something like this?
To give you just a bit more information on my system I will as of now not see me ever needing to stream to more than one or two computers. As of right now I am using just DVD’s but plan to go to BD as soon as I have something like this running. Also while I am not a computer guy, I was also not a home theater guy and am now finishing my home theater with a Panasonic Projector, small 24” HD Dell Monitor, Onkyo Receiver, Klipsch speakers, and a PS3 BD. Please help…
Greetings. If I were "buying new" into a large number of harddrives, I'd probably
standardize on 1.5Tb due to their surprisingly good cost-per-gig ratio (you also can't go wrong with Seagate's 5-yr warranty). "Waiting for prices to drop more" in reality means never buying, for being perpetually stuck on the fence. What you can do, to take advantage of falling costs, is just start out with 4 to 8 drives and then add more each time the pooled storage is 80-90% full. Prices aren't going to fall 'like crazy' so if waiting 3 to 6 months to buy harddrives saves you $20-$40 per drive, does it really matter relative to all the other costs?
The most labor intensive part of all isn't even the storage server, but getting all those DVD's transferred. I had many 400-disc binders filled with DVD"s to transfer to soft-storage and I attacked it by building two systems with 5 x DVD-RW drives each (total of 10 drives) and then just having five DVD Decrypter instances per system ripping to VIDEO_TS folders, then ejecting upon completion. I was able to rip through a 400-disc DVD binder in a few hours with this approach (5-6 minutes per disc, 100-120 discs per hour). There are cases that have 10 x 5.25" slots (I think CM makes one?) so in retrospect I could've also used a single computer for all that ripping. The cost of the extra DVD-RW drives saved me more in time than they cost ($40 each? big deal). I ripped straight to my storage server across gig ethernet without the ethernet bottlenecking the collective rip speed.
Lastly, as to your question of whether you should even do it, there's no reason NOT to. Aside from the fact "you only live once", with that many DVD's in your collection and given your apparent interest in home theater, you can't go wrong. Start by accepting that all the new acquisitions and upgrades to your media storage and home theater are a gradual process and won't be done overnight or by any deadlines. The soft-storage of hundreds to thousands of DVD's, and now BD, is something totally foreign to most people, so even being interested in this means you're ahead of the game.
Don't be scared off by acronyms being thrown around - we use them to seem more important and to cover up for the fact we spend way too much time on all this and have no life. j/k. If you have a friend to help with the build then that's great, and you can ask questions here too.
By this weekend I will have the recommended parts lists up for two different media storage servers, with all the major guesswork having been removed for people.
Lastly, you should expect that the HTPC is going to be the more time-intensive of the two builds to nail down - Vista Media Center + MyMovies + Arcsoft TMT or PowerDVD for BD playback are as bleeding edge and 'fiddly' as it gets - especially to take advantage of the new HD uncompressed audio tracks on BD's! I'm warning you now since "sooner accepting means sooner overcoming"
It's out of the scope of this thread, but make sure to pick your HTPC motherboard carefully: one with an HDMI output that supports 8 channel LPCM. renethx's threads are great and he keeps up on the latest hardware that supports 8 channel uncompressed audio.