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Lots of deals going on w/ Ultra DMA100 Harddrives. So, quick question to those of you who have built a media server.


I'm planning on using a budget AMD/MoBo config, starting with 2x250 GB Ultra DMA 100 harddrives.


This server is budget, intending to simply store and deliver content when requested by the high-end clients.


I may even put MainLobby on this server w/ its server extensions, conntected to the clients via 10/100 cables.


- Can any of you tell me if this is a sufficient configuration for disk speed, and if not, what would you recommend? Ultra133, SATA?


- What bottlenecks would I encounter over time as I begin to add more content to the media server with the disk speed?


Thank you very much.
 

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your biggest bottleneck will be your LAN speed.


I have a 1/2 Tb media server (linux) using ata33 drives (RAID5)...and I can easily saturate the nic...


Not necessary, but dma100 drives are nice.


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Most of today's current drives can only burst near the 133 spec, most last time I looked averaged 40-60mb/s so it's still really a moot issue going faster. SATA is definitely nice, but realistically a bit pricey still.


I agree with bykster, your real limit will be network. See if you can get a Gig-E setup going if you are really moving a lot of data. Not cheap either but if you're infrastructure is in place it's much easier to buff up the data archival after the fact.
 
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