Originally Posted by amarshonarbangla
Well given I write all my media directly to the pool, it really isn't more than a couple hundred gigs in a day, at most. But yea, usage varies from person to person
There is a couple reasons I like it my way.
First, I enjoy the superior performance of the locally installed faster HDD's. I use a RAID0 Array and an SSD cache speed boosted HDD (7200rpm) so the performance I see is greater than my network or server would show me.
I do all my downloading, ripping and media management on these desktop installed HDD's.
I find the performance of MediaCenterMaster to leave much to be desired over LAN. It performs much better on a smaller sized library that is locally installed on a fast HDD. I get lock ups, Freeze and crashes when I try to use it on my server over LAN on a big collection. Not sure why. I am going to be trouble shooting this issue with the developer in the next week or so...
I find that running mediacentermaster or changing metadata on flexraid often leaves a mess when you break down your array. You might have multiple folders for the same movies spread across different drives. Some metadata is on one drive. Some others on another... That is a mess.
In contrast- I find if I do the renaming and folder management locally and then copy and paste only a 100% complete movie or TV show folder to the server then the entire folder and all it's contents ends up on one drive. I like that better.
When you go back and modify after the fact if your drive is more full flexraid chooses a less full drive to hold the additional stuff. I don't like that. If I break down my array I want each folder on each HDD to be complete.
Basically that^ I like having only complete folders on my server and only one on one drive. If I do it 100% complete on the desktop and scratch disc then move it to the server for storage then I know everything on my server is 100% all the time. If you have incomplete stuff on your server- then you use a metascraper and add the missing info, rename it- move the video file into a folder etc... you can end up with a mess when you break down your array.
I point my HTPCs to the different libraries on my server so I know those libraries are always 100% complete. I use stuff like HD movies, TV shows, Non HD movies (dvd) Disney etc..
I also have a folder shared on my desktop in the root of the scratch disc that is called Desktop New Media Finalized. Once I run mediamaster on the the video file and it's 100% complete I place it into that folder. Since it's a "LIBRARY" on my desktop and in the root of the HDD the move does not require a copy paste- I have it set up so I can just drag and drop it and relocate it. All finalized moves go there.
That way all the newest stuff is there before it hits the server. I point my HTPC to this folder as "NEWEST MEDIA" So if I want to watch something very new that is where I get it.
It's a complicated and manually managed way to have a new media section on my HTPC. But I find it works well because I often find myself wanting to watch new stuff- and it's easier to find the new stuff I want to watch since this library is small.
I move everything to the server as I find time. This library is typically about 1TB.. not much more ever. It's basically a running total of the newest media I have and as it fills up or new media replaces old media it gets moves.
It's like "being on deck" for my media before it goes to the server.
I know my ways are not for everyone but it's just how I do it.
I would love to hear a solution to some of the issues I find or if someone has a better way of doing this.
I find the work that goes into managing a big and ever growing library is a lot of work.
My wife is about 80% HTPC now.. and less cable. I even have my parents using HTPC. (I do most of the work and they don't do TV)