windows to mac mini migration... with streaming video to apple tv 2

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by heboil, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. heboil macrumors newbie

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    Hi there. I am looking at the current mini as my potential new machine. I have ripped almost my entire catalog of DVDs and run them through Handbrake to bring them into iTunes. I have two Apple TV 2s, and all streams perfectly (one ethernet, one wifi). My question are as follows:

    1. If my files have been converted using Handbrake on Windows, will the files import and play without a hitch on the mini?
    2. If my drive was formatted NTFS by Windows 7 on install, will I be able to remove that drive and stick it in an eclosure with FW 800 and have the mini recognize it and all the files?
    3. Will the mini amply handle running iTunes 24/7 to keep the Apple TV connections going while multitasking doing other things?
    4. Will this 1.5 TB drive connected via FW 800 be fast enough to stream standard and HD content to the Apple TV? Would it be possible to stream to both at the same time with the FW 800?

    That's all I can think of at the moment. Thanks.
     
  2. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

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    Hanover MD
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    I have a friend that has a windows setup with 7 drives that took ~200 of my dvd's and transcoded them for me on his box and they work fine on my mini.

    I have a NTFS external that I have hooked to my mini to transfer files, but dont keep my movies on it, but a file is a file....

    I leave my mini running 24/7, with 4 ATV2's and 2 160GB ATV's connected to it, and I can still transcode movies on my mini, use meta-x to add my meta data, download files as needed, and surf the web. the cpu usually runs at 100 percent on it, but I can stream to at least 2 at the same time with no hicups (one wired and one wireless).

    I have been adding new content to my 3tb FW800 external and streaming from it with no issues.

    im certainly not an expert at this, but it sounds like you want to do pretty much the same thing im doing and the mini works flawlessly doing it.
     

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