[mythtv-users] Slightly OT - How many People have Video libraries over 8TB?

Alexander Fisher alex at alexfisher.me.uk
Fri Jul 6 17:26:45 UTC 2012

On 6 July 2012 18:12, Another Sillyname <anothersname at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 6 July 2012 17:42, Alexander Fisher <alex at alexfisher.me.uk> wrote:
>> On 6 July 2012 17:19, Another Sillyname <anothersname at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> and where (roughly) are you located.
>>> I've got 13TB and am in Kent, UK.
>> Have you got that backed up to another 13TB stored on a different machine?
>> It'd be a shame if you lost it.  It must have taken you *ages* to build. [1]
>> I've currently got 96 DVD feature films ripped (no recompression) to
>> mkv and the median filesize (quickest type of average for me to work
>> out) is 4.5GB.
>> 13GB would equate to around 3000 films!  I've got 4x2TB disks, but
>> only 4TB is usable.  It's currently configured as a 3 disk RAID5 with
>> a hot spare, but I hope to get a 5th drive soon so that I can setup a
>> proper backup with the hot spare being re-purposed as a disk in the
>> backup machine.  Only then will I feel comfortable spending the hours
>> required to rip all my remaining DVD collection.
>> Kind Regards,
>> Alex
>> [1] - Rereading that, it sounds like a mafia style threat.  I'm not
>> really planning on stealing your system. :)
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> Raid6 with a hotspare, no backup.
> Been building it for about 8+ years I guess.

Presumably you didn't start with 13TB 8 years ago, but have been
growing it over the years?
What size disks are you using?
I'd be very nervous everytime it came to restriping the array.
Perhaps only one RAID firmware bug or mdadm/kernel bug away from
losing everything?

Stay lucky,

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