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post #2401 of 2742
Been a bit down which is usual at this time of year for me. I also have been having computer problems which entailed a new boot disk and now the hard disk with all my media on it. There currently isn't enough disk space to back up the whole thing but I have a replacement disk that I will install as soon as I have the cables I need which will be later today. Fortunately the disk has not failed completely so hopefully I'll get the new disk installed before it does.
post #2402 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

Been a bit down which is usual at this time of year for me. I also have been having computer problems which entailed a new boot disk and now the hard disk with all my media on it. There currently isn't enough disk space to back up the whole thing but I have a replacement disk that I will install as soon as I have the cables I need which will be later today. Fortunately the disk has not failed completely so hopefully I'll get the new disk installed before it does.

I have my own reasons for not liking the run-up to Xmas too. On my HTPC I use two RAID arrays of 4TB each. These hold about 750 DVDs at this time I think. It took so long to rip all those discs that I decided to go the RAID route as I am sure I could never face ripping them all again after a crash! If I need more capacity later I can add a further RAID disc simply by daisy chaining them (they are FireWire 800 connections). Good luck with the new drive!
post #2403 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

Been a bit down which is usual at this time of year for me. I also have been having computer problems which entailed a new boot disk and now the hard disk with all my media on it. There currently isn't enough disk space to back up the whole thing but I have a replacement disk that I will install as soon as I have the cables I need which will be later today. Fortunately the disk has not failed completely so hopefully I'll get the new disk installed before it does.

Bad time for a new disk. . Prices are high due to floods in thailand. However some USB drives are still not too expensive. W7 has a good back up scheme. Good to use smaller disk for os and 2nd for data and compressed os for back up (e.g. Acronis). raid works but so does a 2nd backup disk. Prices should come down by next summer.

Good luck and best wishes for the new year.
post #2404 of 2742
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Originally Posted by jmschnur View Post

Bad time for a new disk. . Prices are high due to floods in thailand. However some USB drives are still not too expensive. W7 has a good back up scheme. Good to use smaller disk for os and 2nd for data and compressed os for back up (e.g. Acronis). raid works but so does a 2nd backup disk. Prices should come down by next summer.

Yes indeed. The benefit of RAID, for me, is that I don't have to do anything to get a perfect copy of all my files, made on the fly. I checked the disc prices recently following the Thai floods and was amazed to see that the two RAID drives I have now cost approximately 50% more than when I bought mine about a year ago!
post #2405 of 2742
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Originally Posted by jmschnur View Post

Bad time for a new disk. . Prices are high due to floods in thailand. However some USB drives are still not too expensive. W7 has a good back up scheme. Good to use smaller disk for os and 2nd for data and compressed os for back up (e.g. Acronis). raid works but so does a 2nd backup disk. Prices should come down by next summer.

Good luck and best wishes for the new year.

I purchased the new hard disk before prices went up, I just didn't think I urgently needed it until a few days ago. The cost was $100 for 2 TB. Luckily SSDs didn't go up in price as that is what my boot disk is. I've got about a TB of movies/TV too which precluded backing them up, with the new HD I should be able to. I already moved all my music off the failing disk.
post #2406 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

I purchased the new hard disk before prices went up, I just didn't think I urgently needed it until a few days ago. The cost was $100 for 2 TB. Luckily SSDs didn't go up in price as that is what my boot disk is. I've got about a TB of movies/TV too which precluded backing them up, with the new HD I should be able to. I already moved all my music off the failing disk.

Get crashplan and back everything up online as well. Cheap, fast and unlimited. I already have 8TB backed up with another 15 TB to go.
post #2407 of 2742
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Originally Posted by SoundofMind View Post

Four, milk and cookies should of course soon be placed on the fireplace mantle.

There's not enough clearance for proper-sized tumblers for milk and the stacks of cookies would have to be placed side-by-side rather than as a correct vertical array.
post #2408 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

There's not enough clearance for proper-sized tumblers for milk and the stacks of cookies would have to be placed side-by-side rather than as a correct vertical array.

A fifth of whatever and several shot glasses will fit very well indeed

Cheers,
SB
post #2409 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

I purchased the new hard disk before prices went up, I just didn't think I urgently needed it until a few days ago. The cost was $100 for 2 TB. Luckily SSDs didn't go up in price as that is what my boot disk is. I've got about a TB of movies/TV too which precluded backing them up, with the new HD I should be able to. I already moved all my music off the failing disk.

The disk failed just minutes before I was going to back it up. Lost all the videos on the disk. Currently trying the extreme measure of freezing it and then thawing it out to see if this lets it work for a couple of hours to back it up.
post #2410 of 2742
while freezing may help you I would say it is likely to be an arm failure and no amount of freezing is going to fix that issue
post #2411 of 2742
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Originally Posted by mystic_sniper28 View Post

while freezing may help you I would say it is likely to be an arm failure and no amount of freezing is going to fix that issue

I doubt that it'll work either but what do I have to lose? Didn't know that about the arm failure. It took several days to fail, at first the computer just experienced short freezes that I thought was a sign of the SSD failing so I replaced that first. At least now I'm not experiencing the freezes and the drive I replaced the bad one with is 500GB larger (2TB total) which will allow me to back up any movies/tv shows I rip to disk.
post #2412 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

I doubt that it'll work either but what do I have to lose? Didn't know that about the arm failure. It took several days to fail, at first the computer just experienced short freezes that I thought was a sign of the SSD failing so I replaced that first. At least now I'm not experiencing the freezes and the drive I replaced the bad one with is 500GB larger (2TB total) which will allow me to back up any movies/tv shows I rip to disk.

Sorry to hear about your problems there, Theresa. Hope the freezing works - not heard of that before.
post #2413 of 2742
I always found on large storage hdd's it pays to leave 5-20gb's free space as this holds the structural integrity of the hdd

if you go over this magic marker you will find alot issues happening.

defrag once and a while..

if you're starting to hear noise from the hdd no amount of physical freezing is going to help..

ssd's are great given the medium they're based they will fail the most often

if you start to get sluggish response times from the hdd time to start dumping files as you have broken the magic marker state of the hdd for safe operating parameters.


my initial response in physical freezing was related to data recovery that's all I would say you are likely to have a reading arm failure prior too the disk platter failure requiring extreme measure of/for data recovery..

each brand of high capacity hard drive whether it be 100gb or 3+tb in size, so the amount of free space will vary for safe operation, 5-20gb is a broad example only it can be more or can be less pending on brand names formatted ability...


people tend to forget the capacity after format diminishes and they temd also forget operational overhead the hard drive requires to operate safely..
post #2414 of 2742
I feel badly as this is so off topic. The drive actually didn't make any noises I heard, just failed after seemingly hanging off and on.
I had at least 100 GB free on the drive, probably more like 300GB.
post #2415 of 2742
Theresa, we are "in the same boat", -off topic- ;-) so here I go, what is the best all in one remote for the 5508/5509? The problem is, that no one of my family, knows how to use the original remote, and we use the AVP for both movies, Music , tuner e.t.c. , "every day use".
I have installed various remote apps on my iPhone, Onkyo remote, Oremote, but they don't integrate all my components, Tv,Ps3...
I've looked at Logitech Harmony 1100, do you know if it's difficult to "program" this? Is it too old, should I go for the Logitech Harmony Link instead? ( it hasn't come to Denmark yet )
I have "sniffed" to the Irule too, are anyone of you using this?
Kindly
Jan
post #2416 of 2742
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Originally Posted by runnernorth View Post

Theresa, we are "in the same boat", -off topic- ;-) so here I go, what is the best all in one remote for the 5508/5509? The problem is, that no one of my family, knows how to use the original remote, and we use the AVP for both movies, Music , tuner e.t.c. , "every day use".
I have installed various remote apps on my iPhone, Onkyo remote, Oremote, but they don't integrate all my components, Tv,Ps3...
I've looked at Logitech Harmony 1100, do you know if it's difficult to "program" this? Is it too old, should I go for the Logitech Harmony Link instead? ( it hasn't come to Denmark yet )
I have "sniffed" to the Irule too, are anyone of you using this?
Kindly
Jan

The one thing I do not like about the harmony 1100 is the touchscreen. It is resistive (i think) so you have to keep your finger there on a button a little longer than you would with touchscreens on smartphones.
post #2417 of 2742
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Originally Posted by runnernorth View Post

Theresa, we are "in the same boat", -off topic- ;-) so here I go, what is the best all in one remote for the 5508/5509? The problem is, that no one of my family, knows how to use the original remote, and we use the AVP for both movies, Music , tuner e.t.c. , "every day use".
I have installed various remote apps on my iPhone, Onkyo remote, Oremote, but they don't integrate all my components, Tv,Ps3...
I've looked at Logitech Harmony 1100, do you know if it's difficult to "program" this? Is it too old, should I go for the Logitech Harmony Link instead? ( it hasn't come to Denmark yet )
I have "sniffed" to the Irule too, are anyone of you using this?
Kindly
Jan

I use the Harmony 1100. It does everything, is easy for 'non-technical' family members to use as it is activity based - e.g. "Watch TV" or "Play CD" and so on. Programming it is easy - Logitech has a database with 300,000 devices and codes in it - you download the device codes for your gear and then set up the activities you need. It's a menu-driven process.
post #2418 of 2742
I actually like the included remote but also use Android app's too. I guess I'm just nerdy/geeky.
post #2419 of 2742
Thanks buddies, think I'll go for the Harmony 1100 or Harmony Link then, as it seems to they are the ones for "non nerds".
Anyone using Irule remote?
Kindly
Jan
post #2420 of 2742
I miss the original Pronto, I had it programmed for all my gear at the time. Sadly the screen cracked.
post #2421 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

I miss the original Pronto, I had it programmed for all my gear at the time. Sadly the screen cracked.

Sadly :-(
Is the Pronto discontinued, think so....?
post #2422 of 2742
Yes, discontinued and before they discontinued it they were producing only very expensive models, unlike the first couple of generations.
post #2423 of 2742
unless tv supports bluetooth as remoter control you're going to be stuck with the ps3 remote for ps3 function as it is bluetooth only unless the uni remote supports bluetooth..
post #2424 of 2742
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Originally Posted by mystic_sniper28 View Post

unless tv supports bluetooth as remoter control you're going to be stuck with the ps3 remote for ps3 function as it is bluetooth only unless the uni remote supports bluetooth..

Yes I'm aware of it, hmmmmm, SONY..... Grrrrrrrrrr
post #2425 of 2742
I cast another vote for the Harmony. I have an older model the 688 that is very basic compared to the current models now available. I would be lost without the 688 as would be my family. The 688 makes using multiple components with multiple inputs so much easier than juggling multiple remotes. I have a few friends with systems as complex as mine and they still have multiple remotes on their coffee tables. I keep preaching the Harmony way but they aren't listening. I will not name names but they are members here and will be laughing if they see this post.

Bill
post #2426 of 2742
After 880 dies shot a harmony Logitech One. Very. Ice
post #2427 of 2742
I'm interested in obtaining the 5508 but have a couple of questions.
If I connect a USB hard drive, can wav's or MP3's be played? Is there some sort of player on the 5508 to do this - select tracks, playlists etc.?
I plan to connect a Oppo bluray perhaps using it to process audio. I assume this is doable with the analogue in's. I wonder if this is sonically superior than using the Onkyo for that purpose?
post #2428 of 2742
I don't think attaching a disk to the 5508 but you can attach it to the Oppo. I keep my music files on my computer and sometimes access them from the 5508 which is attached through a router to the computer. I do intend to get the Oppo 93 but right now am cash strapped due to computer and printer failures.
post #2429 of 2742
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Originally Posted by Big Screen View Post

I'm interested in obtaining the 5508 but have a couple of questions.
If I connect a USB hard drive, can wav's or MP3's be played? Is there some sort of player on the 5508 to do this - select tracks, playlists etc.?

Manual - USB storage begins here.

post #2430 of 2742
Darn it! Missed that. Please forgive me. And I use that button frequently to select NET.
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