Originally Posted by halfelite
The issue with big new drives is all the crazy green spin down technology inside them it make work while the drive is ramped up to full spin but it could be the drive is trying to spin itself slower causing stutter hence try a diff drive either internal or a usb stick if you can even network streaming would work to rule out the drive.
Thanks for the tips, but why would network streaming rule out the drive? It's (content) still coming off an HDD, no? Perhaps you're suggesting something off my laptop via the network? Prolly, I'd guess.
The thought of going to yet another drive really pains me but I'll of course have to do it if that's the problem.
As I said earlier, I was a bit concerned about the nature of a "backup plus" drive and its ability to reliably serve up big files like these for streaming, but I guess I talked myself out of it...and felt especially good when the drive was WRITING at 25+ MBps...5 times that of what's needed for a single 1080 stream.
Sigh. So it goes.