Alx9r's Network Attached Storage Setup
|Alx9r's Sample Setup|
I store all my media on a Network Attached Storage box.
Side Note: Originally I opted to use a built-in (sata connected) secondary media storage drive for my hybrid core. That configuration was simple and cheap to set up but suffered from a few shortcomings. You can read about that original setup in earlier versions of this page.
Here are some details on my NAS setup:
- D-Link DNS-323 ($180)
- 2x 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives ($225 each)
- D-Link version 1.05
- backup configuration: the 2 drives are entirely independent volumes (i.e. not a RAID configuration). Only the second drive is used by LinuxMCE. Every night, a script synchronizes the contents of the first drive with the second drive.
Here are some reasons why I store all my media using this network attached storage scheme:
- Having media on a separate drive drive from LinuxMCE ensures that media and its attributes are safe when installing LinuxMCE fresh.
- The NAS box can be located away from my hybrid/core which cuts down on noise in the living room.
- As compared to adding more hard drives to my hybrid/core, NAS offers the following benefits:
- limitless expansion
- much fewer overheating and power supply concerns
- As compared to RAID1 on the DNS-323, syncronizing independent drives nightly is less buggy.
- As compared to RAID1 or RAID5, having a backup provides a second independent copy in case a human, software, or hardware error corrupts, deletes, or otherwise destroys the media on the drive.
- Unlike with RAID1, using one drive as a nightly backup only means that the two drives have a different usage pattern and are unlikely to fail simultaneously.
- Unlike with RAID5, if the NAS box fails I can just plug either of the drives into a PC and recover the contents.
There are a number of wikis and forums dedicated to the DNS-323. I'll just provide the general steps that I took to prepare mine. Here is what I did:
- With no hard drives in the slots, I upgraded the DNS-323 firmware to 1.05 using the DNS-323 admin web page.
- Changed the name of the device to NAS-1 from the DNS-323 admin web page.
- Added the drives and used the wizard on the DNS-323 admin web page to format them in "standard" mode. This mode results in two separate volumes called Volume_2 and Volume_1.
- Copied all my media to the LinuxMCE folder structure on Volume_2. See the next section for folder structure details.
- Installed ffp (aka fun_plug) following these instructions.
- Set up a nightly rsync to copy all of the data from Volume_2 to Volume_1 by following these instructions.
- With the DNS-323 turned off, connected it to the INTERNAL network, then switched it on.
- Once the DNS-323 completed booting, I performed a reload router. After a what seemed like a long time (probably a few minutes), LinuxMCE detected the DNS-323 and asked me if I wanted to use the drive. LinuxMCE prompted for each of three shares that the DNS-323 set up: Volume_1, Volume_2, and web_page. I told LinuxMCE to use only Volume_2 with the LinuxMCE folder structure.
- After this, LinuxMCE displayed that it was "Installing Software" for a few minutes and eventually hung indefinitely doing some sort of "Configuration". I finally, forced reload router, and the DNS-323 was fully set up.
Folder Structure and Media (Pre-Installation)
Before connecting the DNS-323 to LinuxMCE, I created the standard LinuxMCE media drive folder structure on the Volume_2 drive. The structure looks like this:
Volume_2 |-public |-data |-videos |-music |-pictures
Also before connecting, I moved all of my media to the appropriate folder on the media drive.
|Alx9r's Sample Setup|
|Materials||Network Gear · Hybrid Core (living room) · AV Gear (living room) · Orbiters · Glue|
|Preparation||Router Setup · Aquos TV Power-on|
|Hybrid Core pre-LinuxMCE Setup||Assembly · BIOS Tweaks · Hardware Testing · NAS Media Drive Setup|
|Hybrid Core LinuxMCE Installation||Bare-metal Install · AV Wizard · Sarah (Setup Wizard) · Special Steps · PVR-150 Remote · Aquos TV · Denon Receiver · Media Drive Setup · Laptop Orbiter · Webpad Orbiter|
|Hybrid Core Additional Software||Bittorrent · Synergy|
|Toolkit||Laptop · telnet/ssh client · Remote Mouse and Keyboard · Partition Tools|
|Design Rationale||Network Topology · NAS|