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Can some one please recommend something they have that has worked well-no freezing, crashes or overly slow speeds. This is for a friend out of state, which is why it needs to be a cheap, easy solution that just works well... He currently has a HTPC that has 2x 2 TB Internal Hard Drives and is almost maxed out mainly due to DVD burning and storage on the HTPC.
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External USB drive ? Internal SATA drive? Or you trying to build a server ?

Go to Costco and buy a Seagate 4TB External USB 3.0 for $139. Simple. Cheap. Good.

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External USB drive ? Internal SATA drive? Or you trying to build a server ?

Go to Costco and buy a Seagate 4TB External USB 3.0 for $139. Simple. Cheap. Good.

He needs it simple, so no on server, doubtful on internal Sata-thinking external usb 3.0, if it in fact it works good in practice... Just wanted some verification from someone that is using a solution that works and odesn't freeze, crash, go to slow or bring the HTPC to its knees. What do you think will this work well when playing MKV rips of DVDs and BLu-rays?
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Seagate 4TB drive from Costco.... retail box. Works well and good value. That's what he should do. It's how most people start- then they build servers tongue.gif
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Seagate 4TB drive from Costco.... retail box. Works well and good value. That's what he should do. It's how most people start- then they build servers tongue.gif

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An external drive is the way to go for a simple solution. It should just show up as another drive to store rips on. As far as speed is concerned, they are all fast enough to stream movies without issue. I currently use a 2 & 3 TB Western Digital MyBook Live to supplement my other storage.
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Sounds like a good plan, nice to know it works well for streaming w/o issues! I assume WMC & Media Browser would have no issues finding or streaming from it either?
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Media Browser Configurator (if your friend is using MB2) or the 'Configure Media Browser' link (if your friend is using MB3) will not have any problems finding and using folders on the Seagate External drive.

 

+1 for the External Seagate Backup drives. I've been using this one for about a year, directly connected to my HTPC via USB3, for over a year now. Very fast and quiet. I typically see about 40-60 MB/s transfer speeds from my server, thru the router, to HTPC and out to the drive.

 

Here's CrystalDisk ran locally on the HTPC showing ~100 MB/s, which is not too shabby I guess:

 

 

The drive sleeps when the HTPC sleeps and is powered down. Plus, the drive is classy and does not look out of place with the rest of my A/V stuff.


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