[mythtv-users] Network Drive Storage Questions and others.

Ryan dreadlocks at gmail.com
Sun Sep 17 16:33:40 UTC 2006

you dont need alot of horsepower, I built a fileserver capable of
holding 4 ide drives and 8 sata drives for very cheap.. it uses a
800Mhz via CPU that takes very little power.. infact I calculate a
450W psu could power the system with all 12 drives.


thats the board, I tossed 2 4 port sata cards in it with the cheapest
atx case I could find w/room for all 12 drives and plenty of fans and
a desent powersupply add in some cheap 512MB ram and it works great
and is reliable..

Currently I have over 1TB of storage capacity and still have room for
8 more drives. I would recomend sticking with Seagate drives as they
all come with 5 year warranties.

I record to the local drive and I have scripts setup to run every week
to move the data to the file server for archival purposes

On 9/17/06, Douglas Wagner <douglasw0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
>       So i've had my MythTV setup now for about 6 months and loving it to
> death.  Wife's happy, i'm happy, it's all good.
>  Big problem is I went with a 250g disk for /video, which I knew at the time
> was small.  Amazingly enough (NOT) it's full...gee, couldn't have guessed
> that would happen.
>  So, starting to look at a new drive but also starting to re-consider the
> whole structure.
>  Currenlty I have a frontend/backend on one computer with the drive
> internal.  Works as a basic Myth box, no questions about that.  I'm starting
> to try to figure out about client / server installs and off computer disk
> storage.
>  Networked disk storage: Considering building or having a computer who's use
> is network disk storage.  What i've got right now is IDE (unfortunately it's
> not sata but money doesn't grow on trees and a new computer right now is
> kinda out of the question).  I can go up to 4 disks on the controller i've
> got right now (it's a raid controller).  Is IDE going to cut it across a
> network?  Will a PII 400 cut it for a disk array device for harddrive
> storage of Myth Videos (Don't see why not).  Figuring exports via both Samba
> and NFS...nfs exporting the drive area SHOULD get mytharchiver to make it
> think the files are local.  Is 100 Base T going to do it for streaming the
> myth recordings out to a foreign disk or do I need to go with gigabit? (Yes,
> it's wired)
>  Opinoin question: If you were going to build a network drive array right
> now how would you do it?  Stay away from SCSI, I don't think I could afford
> to go there.
>  Frontend/Backend: Don't quite have the computer for this yet don't think
> but in the future, what kind of horsepower does the front end / back end
> need?  Do they both need 3g+ CPUs or does one or the other only need
> something significantly slower?
>  Thanks for the advice.
>  --Douglas Wagner
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