2 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Norman Harris 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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  • #40168

    Bare
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    @BarryM

    20yrs ago I burned over 300 of my dvd’s onto a 2T hard drive to play on any tv connected to home network. Unfortunately no meta data accompanies movies on hard-drive.

    Ready to upgrade to 6-8 terabyte system.

    Not sure which direction to go: PC based or NAS

    anyone who has already accomplished this, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • #40468

    Usirname
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    @264458

    I happen to use plex.tv currently and was previously using kodi.tv
    Plex does offer a free version however the paid for version lets you stream to all of your devices even outside of your home.
    Both will scrape repositories such as IMDB for metadata for your DVD library and they both will run on basically any operating system Windows, OSX, Linux, Android, IOS.

  • #42211

    Norman Harris
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    @Norman Harris

    It is a matter of personal taste. If you need to save space, get a Network Attached Storage. It can stay on all of the time and can be accessed like a disk drive from any of your PC’s or even other devices on your network such as your Android tablets and phones, using file manager software. I don’t know about Apple if you are an iPhone user, their system is so configured about Apple Music/Movies/iTunes. NAS can actually be as simple as any USB 3.0 hard drive attached to a USB 3.0 port on a wireless router that has Nas support. If you don’t have such as router, a dedicated NAS will attach through ethernet to one of your numbered {or letter labeled} ethernet ports on your router. You may want to consider a dedicated NAS with at least two NAS drives running in parallel on Raid 1. That is a moderately expensive solution as you need to have two identical hard drives inserted into a NAS Box that supports raid 1. This provides a little protection for your data in that 1 drive can fail and the other drive will have all the data and the nas box will replace the data on that failed drive when you replace the drive. If you use a single disk NAS {or a computer based solution} you should manually backup your movies on another hard drive. Kim also promotes outside backup, particularly on her advertizing sponsor Carbonite. Check prices {you get substantial discount, I think 90% first year with promo code KIM} But, if it is still too expensive,{look for Carbonite Safe plans the computer and server plans are very expensive} be sure you have your data backed up in case of a rare problem, especially on single disk NAS or computer only solution. Changing topics, if you set up a dedicated NAS, you will have to configure it for DHCP or set up a static IP address consistent with the Local Area Network it is on. For example if your router is at 192.168.0.1 and its DHCP assigns addresses from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254 then you will need the NAS to have a 192.168.1.x address where x is a fixed number you pick such as 8 or 101 and you want to remember that number to help you connect other devices to your disk on your LAN.

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