Well, that was fast. 750GB gone... like that!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by fivepoint, Nov 11, 2008.

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    fivepoint

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    A while back, I started a thread called "Storage Solutions for our OUT-OF-CONTROL iTunes Libraries". A few months later I decided on a library solution for myself which included 2 750GB hard drives which I found for cheap, one which would house my iTunes library, the other of which which would back the other up weekly. I also purchased a 1TB HD which I used to back up my iMac's internal 750GB HD through Time Machine and an Airport Extreme.

    Well, 43,000 posts to the thread and several months time later, my solution now sucks. My 750GB HD is full! That went way faster than I thought it would. :(

    Anyway, I suppose there is no real 'point' to this thread other than to serve as a warning to anyone planning their own storage solution, to er on the side of 'too much' as well as a place for people in similar situations to vent their frustrations.
     
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    rhett7660

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    Trust me I know what you mean. You should take a look at one people are building at avscience.com. Some of the media servers are just down right huge! 16 hard drives is considered small by some of the standards you will find over there.

    I know I am going to be adding a lot more space in the future. Now that I have an apple TV and I like my movies well...... I know I am going to need more space and soon!
     
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    I'm just entering the realm of backing up my DVD collection, and posts like yours scare me!

    I just don't know if there's any point in me starting without two 1TB drives.

    That Drobo system looks smooth and sweet, but am I really crazy enough to spend $600+ on backing up a bunch of DVDs? Well, maybe I am. :eek:

    P.S. I just had to go back to Drobo.com and check out that demo video with "Cali Lewis." I'm pretty sure she wants me... :D:D
     
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    This is why at HB, while we have for the most part achieved dvd transparency for our atv conversions. We are now concentrating our dvd conversion options on speed/filesize while maintaining that transparency.
     
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    kjr39

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    Omg

    After reading these posts, I swear I'm going to quit hoarding media and rent movies from now on. :D
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    Well what I don't get is if you own the physical DVD why bother ripping it? Or is that not the point? Is it a convenience thing? You never have to actually leave the couch?
     
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    BornAgainMac

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    Prevent scratches too. DVD swapping reminds me of the old days with floppies and CDs when using programs on the PC.
     
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    rhett7660

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    For me it is easy of use. Movies on the fly. I am not ripping all of my movies just the ones I know I will want to watch on a whim. Both me and the wife now, love the fact we can watch pretty much any movie in our collection on the fly.

    Not having to leave the couch, could be. Sort of not wanting to run down to the video store instead you get netflix. Sort of like that for us.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    I totally get it but I guess having owned DVDs for what ... 10 years give or take, I take super good care of mine and hardly loan them out.
     
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    wwooden

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    This is the mentality I take. I would very quickly fill up my drive if I ripped all my movies, but many I got very cheap, cheaper than renting and doubt I will watch again. I've ripped all my favorites; Star Wars, Back to the Futures, Indiana Jones, etc. I know eventually I'll fill up my drive, but this prolongs the time till that happens.
     
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    This holds 11 TB and can grow substantially:

    [​IMG]

    I don't have a problem with space yet.
     
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    I've been at the full end of my 300gb drive for a while now. Only rather than getting a new drive (I'd like a 1tb at least) I decided on removing repeatedly watched or downright rubbish films and TV shows from my collection.
     
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    rhett7660

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    Ummm.. what does? Is there suppose to be a link? Just checking.

    Edit, found it when I quoted:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/32344438@N06/3024035252/

    What kind of machine is it? What does it run? Back up etc? I have been looking into doing one of the lime technology nas boxes.
     
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    You need to download the GeekBrief.tv podcast. She'll want you every other day, and she actually does a halfway decent (o)(o) ... wait, what am I talking about? Oh yeah. She does a halfway decent job.

    (Juvenile, but worth it)
     
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    Exactly! Duplicating all my movies is just an OCD thing when you consider that for about $10 a month I can rent just about any movie ever made from Netflix.

    The only reason to keep my own duplicates is if I think the world is coming to end, and Netflix with it, and I'll need copies of my DVDs in each of my concrete survival bunkers.
     
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    HD Space

    So this is some what related to the thread but when i bought my macbook I could of gotten a 250GB hard drive but I thought 160GB should be fine 4 months later I have 80GB left.

    Should have gotten the upgrade...
     
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    The why for me is easy. I have 4 kids. I have 2 tvs and 3 computers. Ripping my movies to the server gets me the ability to show them on any tv, keep kids from damaging them, and just general convenience.

    I'm quickly filling my alotted storage too. I have 2 750gb drives (1 for video and 1 for audio) backed up by a drobo with 3 500gb drives. The drobo is full, the video drive will be full soon. Next purchase is a 1.5tb drive to extend the drobo.
     
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    I know exactly what you mean. Disk space is cheap, but something to house those disks usually isn't, whether you take the NAS route, server etc.

    I've been ripping more TV shows than movies as we tend to watch those more often and repeatedly. With movies I'm just ripping the classics and ones I know I'll watch more than the once.

    Starting out with a 500Gb internal iMac HDD, I replaced this with a 1TB internal drive but now have 1.7TB of a Drobo in use.

    Definitely buy as much space as you can afford or something expandable.
     
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    Yeah, but look at it this way. The money you would have spent to go 250GB from the start can be used to buy a new 320GB HDD and an external case. So you'd end up with a 320GB Macbook and a 160GB external HDD. Not sure what the money difference would be, but I'd suspect Apple would have charged at least $100 for the extra 90GB.

    Swapping HDDs in Macbooks is super easy ... not Dell easy, but if you've ever swapped an HDD in an iBook, the Macbook is like stealing candy from a baby.

    ft
     
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    Donar

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    My 750 Gig Raid 1 is full also, as a quick fix i attached a 2 TB Western Digital Raid 0 drive over eSATA to my Synology NAS. The Kubuntu box has to hold the Backup for now. :)
     
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    Chris Rogers

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    I use the iPhone/iPod formats for HB when I copy my movies. If quality is not a HUGE concern try this. I play my movies on a 42" and It's just as good as putting in the DVD for me. The files are MUCH smaller (usually under 1GB each).

    I know there are some people out there who want to see EVERY single detail, this solution isn't for you :)
     
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    this is exactly why I went with Drobo. I knew I would spend more money upfront but growth was cheaper. I have already upgraded one of the 500 gig drives to 1 tb.
     
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    fivepoint

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    My main concern with going that route was that all of my data would be in one central unit... making the risk of loss due to power surges much greater. If I would have gotten one Drobo, I would have needed two of them! :) I was also hesitant being locked into a proprietary format.

    That being said, look at me now... out of space, which could be easily fixed with a Drobo.
     
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    rhett7660

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    Don't get me wrong. Me to. I have had dvd's since day one.

    But this is pretty darn cool. Being able to watch a movie on the fly.
     

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