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    My old man has a huge CD collection and he wants to put them all on a NAS drive. I think it's about 2TB's worth in total but i want it to Raid 1 so would require 2 x 2TB drives.
    It needs to be fast access, so from standby or whatever it's sleep state is to access needs to be pretty instant as he has no patience. We had one years ago and from sleep was about 30 seconds to a minute to access so that lasted all of 2 minutes.
    It's going to be accessed by a Sonos system to view the catalog and play tracks so there is a little bit of artwork media etc in there also but mainly lossless audio (not sure on what format yet but could be 60MB per track!)

    The Synology TS216 looks good and gets good reviews but anyone have any suggestions?

    Originally posted by Aria
    On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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    If you want one that's instant access, forget sleep mode or switching it off.

    With Synology, you pay through the roof for bells and whistles you probably won't need and the brand name. So unless you actually need any of those things, I'd suggest just going with a decent nas with a couple of 1Gb network ports you can bond together if really needed - spend the rest on hard drives. We've got an 8Tb Buffalo Terasation at work (although it's in RAID5, so only get about 5.5-6Tb of usable space). It's been on for the last 2 years and been totally reliable. I've got it set up with a 2Gb connection (2x1gb bonded) and it's been a great buy.



    Originally posted by coiler
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    • #3
      Bonded network ports!? You lost me...
      I have a gigabit network running through the house so if you are saying i have to plug 2 gigabit connections into it then that's possible.

      I guess sleep or low power mode is out then, that's not a problem. My problem is how the hell to i get all this onto the drives and organise it. I need a program that does it all for me, all i do is stick the disk in and away it goes.

      Originally posted by Aria
      On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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      • #4
        doesn't Amazon Music Storage cover that exact scenario?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DoubleTop View Post
          doesn't Amazon Music Storage cover that exact scenario?
          Yes, I have looked into that. Having it cloud based also means i could use Alexa to call up the songs but he doesnt want that. He wants it all local so not dependant on the internet. (Not that he has an issue with it, just doesnt see the point when we could have it stored locally)

          Originally posted by Aria
          On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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          • #6
            Plex? erm do all these cd's need converting to files to store? or is that already done?

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            • #7
              Plex was on my list to look at today actually.
              The CD's need converting yes, All in flight cases at the moment from his DJ days!

              Originally posted by Aria
              On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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              • #8
                Bonded network ports only work if the switch supports it..



                Originally posted by coiler
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                  Bonded network ports only work if the switch supports it..
                  Dont think so https://www.netgear.com/business/pro...#tab-techspecs

                  Plex looks amazing! I'm going to install that tonight on the home server and see if it works. If it does that means i only need a couple of new drives for it and run them in a raid.

                  Originally posted by Aria
                  On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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                  • #10
                    Must admit I used to have a music and media server..... but just recently ie the last year I have switched to Google Play Music... you can store up to 50,000 tracks.... ( up to 300mb per Track ) and also amazon prime music.
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                    • #11
                      I did it another way - Music Magpie or webuyanybooks check to see if they would give me cash - if yes and the album is on Spotify - bye bye cd
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                      • #12
                        Seem's we are moving away from physical storage as a society.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by M4T VW View Post
                          My old man has a huge CD collection and he wants to put them all on a NAS drive. I think it's about 2TB's worth in total but i want it to Raid 1 so would require 2 x 2TB drives.
                          Enough room for growth in there?

                          This task does not need anything flashy and expensive. I have done it on cheap ZyXel (NSA325) boxes.

                          The challenge is in the hours it takes to rip CDs. Something like Media Monkey can help to organise the music as you rip.


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