[mythtv-users] Impact of external firewire drive

Bruce Richardson itsbruce at workshy.org
Mon Jan 21 14:59:20 UTC 2008

I just spent the weekend setting up MythTV on an old Mac Mini G4
(Debian testing, mythtv-0.20.2, Hauppauge WinTV Nova-TD stick,
combination backend and frontend) and am very happy with the results.
It's currently using the internal hd for everything and I have a decent
Firewire 400 drive I could connect to it, but being new to MythTV (and
PVRs in general) I don't know enough to predict the results.

My back-of-the-beermat calculations tell me that the bandwidth should be
fine for recording and I would expect that having the OS and data on
different disks to reduce contention for disk io, but I just don't know
if some of the more intensive video processing work done by MythTV would
punish the firewire disk.  Opinions from MythTV veterans welcomed.


Bitterly it mathinketh me, that I spent mine wholle lyf in the lists
against the ignorant.  -- Roger Bacon, "Doctor Mirabilis"

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