[mythtv-users] Need advice for storage project

Nathan Richardson nathan.richardson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 09:11:04 EDT 2004

Thanks. I was considering something similar and I also have a couple
of old 10GB drives that would be perfect for this. I don't have any
old processors or motherboards, though, while I do have a firewire-IDE
bridgeboard and an old SCSI 4-bay enclosure (great deal at $30).

If it doesn't work out (samba issues, Firewire 400 too slow, etc.), I
think I should be able to put a mini-itx or other small motherboard in
the enclosure and make an NAS box...

Anbody got any other interesting mass storage setups?


On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 23:37:32 +0200, Gert van der Knokke <gertk at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> Nathan Richardson wrote:
> >I've got two projects for the week - building my Myth TV box (Pundit
> >Frontend/Backend) and building a 320gb 1394a firewire drive enclosure
> >out of an old SCSI multibay case.
> >
> >I'd like to get the storage box set up before the mythTV box, so that
> >I can do some file transfer and free up the 80gb disk that I am going
> >to use in the Pundit. Basically, I need to decide how to set up the
> >storage before really playing around much in Myth. I plan to use the
> >storage for video and audio, but (if possible) use the drive actually
> >in the Myth box for recording live TV. Basically, I'll move files over
> >once they're reencoded to MPEG4.
> >
> >
> >
> Hmm. another option is to take an older PC (like a Pentium 2 system,
> Celeron is fine too) and use a small (this drive has to be recognized by
> the Bios) drive say 1 to 2 Gb on the primary port, to make a small Linux
> system on (I've done a Mandrake 10 server install in less than 400 Mb).
> Then  hookup the  two 160 Gb drives to the secondary IDE port (set these
> to 'none' in the Bios otherwise the board might not boot up) and create
> a software RAID0 system on them. Put in a network card and voila: one
> nice NAS box.
> If you take a little bit faster CPU (like pentium 3 or Celeron > 700
> MHz) you can turn this into a nice Myth backend if you use Hauppauge
> PVR250(s) for capturing.
> Gert
> P.S. puritains will probably say that creating raid0 on a single  cable
> is  bad but speed isn't going to be an issue. But if you want speed, you
> can connect each 160 Gb drive to it's own IDE port..
> Linux software raid is very flexible in this.

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