So I have not updated the site for the last month or so, but that does not mean no work has been going on.
I ordered the cabling needed to successfully get the server up and going so I was able to start the real work. I found out after getting everything up that my motherboard did not really support RAID, it supported fake RAID – ie software RAID that only works with Microsoft operating systems. Since I was not planning on installing Windows on the box that did not do me much good. Luckily, Ubuntu which IS on the box supports their own software based RAID so after I got the software installed I only had to wait about 20 hours until the drive was built. Since then I have been ripping and rolling.
I found a couple of students who also have ongoing Media server projects so they have been great sources of information. They are both apparently running Kodi which is an open source package while I have stuck with Plex. Not a huge concern since we were never going to be sharing access, but it is good to have people who have seen the same problems and might have an answer.
Anyway, I have been ripping movies and we are over 520 movies total on the server. The size of the movies have been surprising – while most DVD’s are about 4-8 GB each, BluRays are anywhere from 18G to 50G depending on the quality of the movie on the disk.
Paula and Xander are both really happy to see all of the movies we are finally able to watch and so we have spent the majority of February watching movies we have not seen in several years. The only downside of this has been Paula’s “told you so” attitude about disk size. As I originally mentioned, I was just looking at about 8TB of total space, Paula fought for more and thought 12TB would work out better. Well we passed the 8TB limit about a week ago and still have several movies and other items to add to the server.
So yes, the money spent was more than I wanted, and the money could probably have gone to more useful items, but I think we are all pretty happy with the way things have turned out and look forward to being able to watch anything from my library anytime I want.