[mythtv-users] Large Drive setup for myth

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Mon Sep 11 18:34:26 UTC 2006

My only comment on this ( no expertise on how to make Myth play with  
the partitions ) is that LVM is very stable and reliable.  There  
should be no fear in using it.  I ahve run 1TB plus LVM with no issues.

The points you address are quite interesting and becoming more and  
more common on this list.  You are at 1.5TB.  I just jumped to 1TB and  
many users are finding the need to add mass storage that is  
affordable.  Let us know how you do as I am sure this will become more  
and more crucial over the months.


Quoting jack snodgrass <mrlinuxgroups at gmail.com>:

> I use mythtv for HD recordings. The HD shows take up a lot of space (
> 100 gig for 4
> football games ) and I might not watch some shows for several days /
> weeks. I like to
> keep ALL copies of some shows but I may not watch them for 6 months.
> So... I end up with data that I can classify into 'active' and
> 'archive'. I am planning on
> splitting my 1.5 tera-byte LVM drive into smaller, physical drives. (
> LVM scares me ) .
> Another issue I have besides LVM is the noise / heat caused by the
> drives that make
> up my LVM partition.
> To splip up my 1.5TB LVM partion, I am going to change it to something like
> /opt/store1
> /opt/store2
> /opt/store3
> /opt/store4
> etc where these are phyical drives. I will use autofs to mount and unmount
> the drives as needed. If the system doesn't access /opt/store1 for 60 seconds
> it will be unmounted. I've used autofs for a while and I think it   
> will work fine
> for this. autofs will have the 'active' stuff mounted and available for
> immediate access. The 'archive' stuff will be unmounted. When the data
> is needed, autofs will mount it. There will be a few second delay while
> the drive is mounted, but I can live with that.
> What I haven't done and what I plan on looking at is running hdparm on
> the drives once they are automonted ( or setting up a BIOS timer or
> a drive setting ) to spin down the drives when they are unmounted. I  
>  think that
> this will reduce the heat and noise made by the drives.
> Assuming that I can get this /opt/storeX stuff set up like I want with the
> autofs and spining down the drives after they have been unmounted,
> how do I get mythtv to cooporate? Currently, I have /mnt/store. Everything
> that mythtv does goes on with /mnt/store. How can I make use of
> multiple /mnt/storeX ( or /opt/storeX ) partitions?
> Thanks - jack
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