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Moving Media Files

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I curerntly have a 2tb drive that I share with my media files and also various other files. Due to forseeable space constraints it's time that I dedicate a 3tb drive (external) for the media files.

For Subsonic / Madsonic does anyone have any recommendations on moving the files in a less painful manner?

Right now I'm just going to create my directory structures and move or copy the files and then delete / recreate all of the media folders, reassign Access to the Groups, then 'Make Full Rescan' :arrow: 'Reset Playlists' :arrow: 'Reset Access Controls' :arrow: then finally 'Cleanup History'.

My concern right now is that I utilize the Podcast feature of Madsonic right now and probably quite a bit more moving forward, would changing the Save Podcast Location be good enough and not need to redownload, duplicate all the files, etc.

I think that about covers it. Kind of a basic question, but any suggestions are appreciated.

WIndows 7, 64 bit installation running the latest Madsonic Beta.

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Re: Moving Media Files

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Interesting topic that doesn't get a lot of coverage. I recently copied a little over 5TB from my raid server to my HTPC over wired gigabit LAN connection. My RAID array can pump out about 850gbps so I was able to sustain about 100Mbps transfer rate to the HTPC that I had just installed 3 new 3TB drives combined into a single 8.5TB storage pool. That's probably as good as it gets over internal wired gigabit lan.

In your case you are looking at copying 2TB or less onto an external drive. It all comes down to speed. If you're connecting over eSATA, USB 2.0, or USB 3.0 it will all come down to the speed of each drive and the link between them as the slowest of the 3 will determine how long it takes. The fastest method would be to remove the 3TB drive from the enclosure and connect it to an internal SATA port, but the time saved may not be worth the effort. It all depends on where the weakest link is. USB 2.0 caps out at about 30 Mbps, so you can do the math to figure out how long it will take to transfer all your data. 30MBps sounds pretty fast until you do some math and realiz that it's going to take about 35 sec/GB x 1000/60 or about 10 hours per TB. Installing the drive on an open internal SATA port and getting 100MBps brings you down to 3 - 4 hours. Obviously, the more data the more time savings can be had by getting a faster connection. Also keep in mind that some hard drives can't sustain 100MBps transfer rate so even when you get the best connection you still won't exceed the max capability of the slowest drive.

In my case it took me a little over 16 hours to transfer 5TB @ 100MBps

The days of sitting down and actually planning how, when, and where to best manage big data are now coming to the home network in a big way that most users have never thought about before. Another reason why there's such a push to convince everyone to move to the cloud as most users won't be interested in managing their own data this way. That, and of course they all want to lock you up as a customer for life once you've surrendered all your data to the cloud where the government can hack into it. :roll:

I'm not too sure about your podcast issue as I've not tested it in Madsonic, but I would think you should be fine moving what you have and redefining the location. Hopefully MadEvil can chime in and confirm.

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Re: Moving Media Files

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GJ, thanks for the input. Yes I think I'm just going to hang it off an USB 2.0 and copy the files. I can start the process, run Caffeine on the machine and check the progress periodically. My biggest concern is the podcast definitions and how that will be handled. Everything else the scan and rebuild functions will work just fine.

In my environment I download a number of podcasts via iTunes and I've done a move with that program before...I just need to remember the XML files I need to be interested in. The file structures aren't the best with iTunes but the basic organization works good enough and I have flexibilty in segregating them myself.

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