Originally Posted by Randy
Looks Fantastic! How much Disk storage do you have? Is it easily expandable? Sounds like you can get about 30 - 40 br images per terabyte.
I currently have 12TB of online storage. About half of that is used for BR and SD DVD ISOs and rips. I also use the storage array to hold my music collection, my photo collection and my audio book collection.
I'm averaging about 43 MKV files per TB. The image files that I retain are significantly larger...about 26 per TB. The ISOs contain all of the different language soundtracks, the subtitles for all languages, the previews, and the behind the scenes "extras".
When I built the server, I used Win2003 and set up the RAID 5 array in software. This worked fine intially due to a fast processor and a good amount of memory, but it limits the ability to expand the array on the fly. To gain that functionality, I'll need to purchase a hardware RAID card or two, then start a new array (using new disks). After that I can start transferring data. The good part is that I will certainly have plenty of disks so that I can hot swap as failures occur when the transfer is complete. The main detractor for going with a hardware solution was cost...those hardware RAID 5 cards are expensive!
With proper management, I should not have to do the conversion for quite some time, though.