[mythtv-users] 2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations

Kevin Ross kevin at familyross.net
Tue Dec 7 20:24:11 UTC 2010

On 12/07/2010 12:01 PM, jmk wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-12-07 at 11:31 -0800, Kevin Ross wrote:
>> FWIW, I have 2 WD10EARS drives, along with 3 WD10EADS drives, in a RAID5
>> array.  I needed to fiddle with fdisk to get the partitions started on a
>> 4K boundary.  By default, fdisk wants to start a partition at sector 63,
>> which is obviously not on a 4K boundary, and would cause performance
>> degradation if left like that.
>> I haven't had any problems with the WD drives in my array.  Also, these
>> drives have been fast enough for MythTV.  I sometimes record up to 4 HD
>> shows at once, while watching from a frontend, while commflagging, and
>> haven't had problems with the drives not being able to keep up.  I do,
>> however, keep my MySQL database on a separate drive.
> Cool.
> Did you find you need any specific versions of utils or kernel to make
> things happy with that setup? I'm replacing a Gentoo-based backend, but
> will probably just throw Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 on there. I guess I'd
> make sure I use the latest gdisk to partition it, but I'm hoping
> everything else would just install fine as is.
> Joe

No, running Debian Squeeze, kernel 2.6.32, mdadm version 3.1.4.

Note that my main OS drive isn't on a RAID, just a single disk.  I'm not 
booting from RAID.

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