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Old 28-02-2011, 12:46   #1
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home streaming and storage help

Hi All

Grateful for some advice please.

I am ripping my dvds to my mac in mp4 so I can watch them via my 360 and ps3 (installed connect360 and media server).

I've got about 1,000 andI'm hoping in time to rip them allto clear up some clutter.

What would people recommend using for storage? Currently I've an extrernal HD but this will soon get full. I'd like to keep them all in the same place rather than messing about with switching extrenal HDs. Any idea the best solution which won't cost too much please?

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I guess you'll need about 2TB of storage - how about a Buffalo external powered drive - about Ł 75 on Amazon.
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thanks I'll take a look. Does externally powered mean it requires to be lugged in to a power source?

Also is mp4 the best format to save my dvds in?
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yep - needs to be plugged into the power

personally, I'd rip them to .iso format, so you get the menu/etc (ie exact copy of disc) - but they come in at about 5GB, rather than I guess 1.5-2GB for mp4

but I don't know whether your 360/ps3 setup supports that format
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I don't think the 360 natively streams DVD isos. I'm pretty sure it is dependent on a UPNP server (Windows Media Player, Twonky or similar).
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weird done as mp4 but quality is great on some and pretty poor on others
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I use a DAS (Direct Attached Storage) where you can just plug in up to 4 SATA drives and then they all connect via 1 usb cable.

Means I can store up to 8TB in one handy box and attach it to anything with a USB drive.
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if you are going to spend a hell of a lot of time doing this try and get a mirrored drive system otherwise should the drive die you will be looking at alot of time/effort gone in an instant
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thanks Mr Starface that sounds good. Thanks also agrocott will check out mirrored drive, though not too sure sure what they are.

One more question if I may. I've ripped my dvds to mp4 and on conect360 they're really good quality but on ps3 media server they're blocky - any idea why? Checked google and nothing there.
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