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#21 Deathsquirrel OFFLINE  

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 11:54 AM

Well whatever you do, backup your TV show rips.  Identifying which episode is which on a disc is an unpleasant chore you won't want to repeat.  I had to once.  Spare yourself that at least.


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Posted 30 January 2015 - 12:24 PM

i use drive pool. all my drives are combined into one. it allows me to store my most important things across as many drives as i choose. 

 

for the important docs etc i have them copied across 3 drives and also backed up via google drive. I'm currently working on a backup solution for my 10TB collection, not sure what is feasible without costing too much and being expandable.  



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 01:06 PM

I use UnRAID for my data storage. I took my old PC in a large Fractal Design Define XL case, added some drive cages and SATA controller cards. I bought a new 3Tb WD Red drive for the Parity then filled the machine with 15 of my old hard drives I had acquired and either discarded over the years when I bought bigger drives or was using for data storage. I also added an older 64Gb SSD as a cache drive. The HDD's range from 2Tb to 380Mb in size and I have 27Tb storage in total. This has been rock solid for me over the last year or two and I have no regrets about going the UnRAID route. It's easy to manage and I just leave it alone for most of the time, apart form adding any new media. I've had no drive failures, although one of my drives was starting to show issues so I bought a new 3Tb WD Red and replaced it.  

 

Three years ago I would have for sure gone the unRAID route as I like what I have read about it. Unfortunately about 3 years ago it was time for a major tech purge and I got rid of everything computer related that I had collected over the years ..... I am still grieving that day

 

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 01:07 PM

Well whatever you do, backup your TV show rips.  Identifying which episode is which on a disc is an unpleasant chore you won't want to repeat.  I had to once.  Spare yourself that at least.

 

I hear you on that. A lot of the wife's shows are mini-series and are stored as S01E01 - Episode 1.mkv

 

Cheers

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 01:21 AM

Three years ago I would have for sure gone the unRAID route as I like what I have read about it. Unfortunately about 3 years ago it was time for a major tech purge and I got rid of everything computer related that I had collected over the years ..... I am still grieving that day

 

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That's a shame - I knew there was a good reason to hold onto all my older tech!



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

That's a shame - I knew there was a good reason to hold onto all my older tech!

 

I knew there was as well but .... happy wife happy life ......

 

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 02:01 PM

Hey all,

 

Happy to say that I am now "protected" ;)

 

Manage to get snapRAID going over that last bunch of days and get a full parity backup of my system. Setup was easy but the initial sync failed a few times, in the middle of the night of course, on files it could not properly read. I expected that due to the Caution flag I was getting on a couple of my drives.

 

Now all I need to do is go buy another 3TB drive, pull one of my existing drives and replace with the new drive, and then try a recovery.

 

All in all it was very easy to this point and I am happy

 

Cheers and thanks all for the suggestions

CRashKelly



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 03:28 PM

+1 for Unraid for other that may read this thread. Mine has been rock solid as well. Just understand that unRaid really offers only a high availability basically. It allows you to keep going in the event of a hardware failure. For a true disaster recovery (i.e. your house burns down) you need to look at other solutions. 


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 03:34 PM

Well whatever you do, backup your TV show rips.  Identifying which episode is which on a disc is an unpleasant chore you won't want to repeat.  I had to once.  Spare yourself that at least.

 

This. So much this. When I first started making the conversion from disk to drive, I quickly realized that television shows were probably 5 times as much of a hassle to rip, title, and organize. Then, when you consider each season of a show is anywhere from 2-6 discs, it suddenly adds up in a hurry. Each individual episode is actually a fairly small file. Once all the episodes are combined though, my shows rate in at almost 20 TB all by themselves. Unlike movies though, that's 20 TB of .5 GB files, each one individually titled.

 

It took me months of ripping to do all of my shows. By comparison, it took me all of about 1 month to do nearly 1,500 movies.







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