Where is the meta-data folder? On the network or locally? I have a process setup to sync the local folder with a network folder on each on my HTPCs. I've noticed this helps quite a bit with starting up the Movie Library.
And, not to start an SSD vs. HDD argument (we have at least 2 threads for that), but I've found the Movie Library is much much faster with an SSD vs. my old HDD.
One other thing is that I rarely change the movies in my library.
I hear what your saying about this. +1 agree.
You can keep the programs and cache on SSD while the actual data and media is still on the HDD. It's a solid plan for a quick working HTPC. SSD based HTPC do indeed browse media better.
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