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Old 11-13-2019, 09:37 AM
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External storage - anyone use this?

I've always and only used internal drives for my SageTV server. However, has anyone ever made anything like this product work perfectly well for all your storage needs? This would allow a lower power server as well I should think:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easy...?skuId=5792401
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:51 AM
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I've always and only used internal drives for my SageTV server. However, has anyone ever made anything like this product work perfectly well for all your storage needs? This would allow a lower power server as well I should think:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easy...?skuId=5792401
This is just a USB disk drive, not a networked disk. No real power savings, since it still needs to be hosted on some sort of computer.

It's intended for backup use, and doesn't really fit into the "perfectly good for ALL my storage needs" category. I've been using two of these **disks** for backup purposes for almost a year, with good results. (I shucked the case and then installed the bare drive internally.) But it's not a great choice for storing Sage media, since the drive spins down after 7 seconds of non-use. It takes about that same amt of time to spin back up when access is requested. With Sage, the delay is pretty obnoxious.

As sold, for anything other than occasional backup use, the product gets a big thumbs-down from me. The enclosure's cooling is almost non-existent. Before shucking, I got hourly reports of the drive going over-temp (> 50 deg C). Definitely not conducive to long drive life.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:53 AM
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I shucked one and it's in my SageTV box. The newer ones sometimes have soldered cables.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:43 PM
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I've always and only used internal drives for my SageTV server. However, has anyone ever made anything like this product work perfectly well for all your storage needs? This would allow a lower power server as well I should think:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easy...?skuId=5792401
I use these types of external USB backup drives (but the Seagate version, not WB) for all my recording/media drives (currently 6 drives). I use dedicated USB 3.0 PCIe cards for them (not the USB ports built into the motherboard). I used to use internal only drives, but after some testing (and realizing I didn't have enough internal drive bays) I started using these with good results.

I'm not sure using them saves any energy and they do run hot (I have a fan over mine, with lots of space between them). My impression is because they run hot, they may fail sooner, so I monitor them for errors and replace them as soon as they start showing any sign of failure.

As far as I can tell, the Seagate ones don't spin down if they aren't used, but I don't know if that is because I'm using Linux or some other reason.

Performance wise, I don't have any problems using these drives with SageTV under Linux. I've successfully recorded 9 shows simultaneously writing to 3 of these drives without issue.

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