Originally Posted by assassin
You can leave MCM open in the background and set it to auto scrape your folders and it serves the same purpose.
I have to get a new WMC remote (I have the Harmony One and want one with a native "green button" for testing purposes but hope to have a guide showing you just how to do that in the near future.
I don't do this. Should I?
I am strange I guess. I rip a bluray or download torrents and place them into a folder on my Velociraptor RAID0 array. I download directly to this drive, my download folder is located on it. I also rip discs directly to this drive/folder. On this drive, inside my torrent download folder: .. I have a FOLDER called "MediaMaster" I also have my MakeMkv program set up and configured to rip to the same drive and locations/folder.
I have a windows Library "shortcut" that I created on the left side called "MediaMaster or To be organized" I can access it with a single click anytime from anyplace. My windows 7 64bit is set up to use library shortcuts in my explorer.
Since the folder called mediamaster is inside the download folder where I download my torrents.. placing a finished download into this folder does not even need to copy and paste. It just "moves" instantly. This save me tons of copy and paste time. As soon as the download is completed I move it there instantly.
My Mediamaster program is then set only to autoscan and scrape and maintain this folder called "mediamaster"
So basically after I download something, or Rip a disc- I run mediamaster on it (paid version for resolution data) When Mediamaster is done and all album art, metadata, backdrops and artwork is done- I then move the finished movie folder to the final destination for storage on a storage drive(s).
That is what takes a long time. The copy and paste from the mediamaster folder where I organize and complete the movie folder to the final storage drive location in my collection. Since I constantly rip my collection (I am about half done) and also add more stuff all the time. I am always copy and pasting. I crave this to be faster most times.
My 10k rpm drives are quick for a spinning HDD (my OS is 120GB SSD) so the source speed is pretty good for copy and paste transfers. I would imagine the source is much faster than the destination. Most of my storage drives are WD blue, Samsung F3's, WDgreen, and a 3TB WD USB3.0 on a USB3.0card. Basically all about the same write speeds.
I find that I get between 40MB/sec and 80MB/sec depending on what drive I am copy and pasting to for final storage location. I use TERACOPY.
I know I probably do this strange way. But I find it easier to manage this way dailyalmost everday. When my collection is near complete I probably will do this much less than I have been doing it recently.
I would be very curious to hear advice or comments about how others do such things.
I don't usually set my MediaMaster to run and autoscrape my movie folders since they are usually "DONE" and complete already by process of how I do this.
Every once in a while I do set the Mediamaster to run on say a 3TB drive full of movies... I find it's almost all white and complete in the Mediamaster program. Very little missing or needed. I also find the performance of MediaMaster totally sucks and is slow as dirt. It is the worst on a 3.0 USB 3TB WD external (connected USB3.0)
So I prefer to let Mediamaster run on 5-20 folders only... at one single time. All on a speedy quick RAID0 array of 10k rpm drives. Huge difference on how long it takes to do it's thing. I also like to see what it is doing. Sometimes I add or replace a cover or something with a custom I find online in a forum or website that I like better than the one mediamaster grabs automatically. To do this on a full collection vs. a few movies (5-20) at time would be significant effort/time.
My final collections are 300+ movie folders. Too slow! Too much looking and searching and checking. I find it easy to manage a few movies at once. Once they are perfect I place them in the final storage destination and collection. If they are all perfect when I place them there then the entire collection should remain perfect. Yes? I see no reason to run mediamaster on these collections and folders daily. I only do that once in a while as a doublecheck.
No doubt the quick Velociraptor drives help the process go faster also. I am usually sitting and watching it work when mediamaster is running. I might read AVS or email or something if I have to wait before I do the final copy and paste into the collection. My mediabrowser does not use the Mediamaster or the Velociraptor Raid0 array at all - it is not included in any collection or function as storage.
In my new PC I plan to build Q1 next year I would like to set up my storage solution and at very least for my HD movie collection ( I use this the most) on something that is quick. Perhaps RAID hardware solution- or fast drives- etc... I have been looking into building a server.. or a NAS. Or looking at retail USB3.0 Raid Box solutions. I keep going back to just integrating my storage into my PC. The problem is the space it takes up in the case.
I considered building a server for storage- but I can't seem to think it could ever be better or faster than just connecting my drives directly to the MOBO inside my PC case. I would rather just have a case that can handle 10 HDD's and save the money on building a totally new server- use this saved $$ elsewhere on my system. Not to mention my PC already runs 24/7. So preventing another server from doing the same should save energy- even if I go performance oriented in set up and configuration. Seems like I could save energy and increase performance at the same time. Or is there something I am not understanding or seeing?
I have never had a server, nor built one. Not sure I fully understand them. I have build many PC's and understand that pretty well.
OK Comments ? Advice? Am I crazy or doing things wrong?