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#1 awraynor

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:02 AM

In Windows Explorer I want to see the OS drive and my Pool only, not all the drives comprising the pool.

 

I went to delete the drive letters for those drives, but it warns me some programs may not work. 

 

If I do this will DrivePool still see the drives, or will it cause issues?

 

I didn't want to try it and mess things up.



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 01:16 PM

Look up mounting drives to folders - its how i have mine

 

dp does not use drive letters to find the pool drives

 

programs are going to access the pool rather than the drives directly

 

i have 33 drives in my DP server but am only using 4 drive letters


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#3 Viktor

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:49 PM

You don't even need folder mount points for drives in a pool. DP can handle completely unmounted drives. You can also add, remove or change a drive's letter or mount folder any time before or after having it added to a pool. 


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#4 awraynor

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 05:54 PM

Look up mounting drives to folders - its how i have mine

 

dp does not use drive letters to find the pool drives

 

programs are going to access the pool rather than the drives directly

 

i have 33 drives in my DP server but am only using 4 drive letters

 

Holy Cow. 33 drives.

 

I have just 4 drives, but won't to see only the DrivePool letter in Windows explorer.

 

I'll go ahead and hide the independent disks.

 

Thanks so much. 



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:09 PM

Yup, you can definitely do this:

http://wiki.covecube...vePool_Q4822624

 

the guide goes over how to mount them to folder paths, as well. But if you don't want to do that, just don't do any steps after #6. 

 

 

And yeah, I'm in the same ballpark as spider99.  :)


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#6 awraynor

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:36 PM

Yup, you can definitely do this:

http://wiki.covecube...vePool_Q4822624

 

the guide goes over how to mount them to folder paths, as well. But if you don't want to do that, just don't do any steps after #6. 

 

 

And yeah, I'm in the same ballpark as spider99.   :)

 

Just what do you store on all those drives. I've got a lot of personal pictures and home videos, but nothing requiring 33 drives. 



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:29 AM

Just what do you store on all those drives. I've got a lot of personal pictures and home videos, but nothing requiring 33 drives. 

 

Linux ISOs. ;)

 

TV shows, movies, pictures, software, audiobooks, comics, BlueIris recordings, User folders (Folder Redirection, and File History Backup), WSE backup database, etc.

 

And most of it is duplicated, so that if any disk fails, the data will still be intact.  yeah, I could download most of the stuff over again, but that's a pain, and not a guarantee that I'd find it again. 


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:29 AM

similar to Chris

 

Large part of mine is Blu-ray backup copies, Movies and TV series ripped, home movies plus historical data etc etc

 

Duplicated mostly except the Blu-Ray backup copies as still have the original media

 

I think you better start collecting to catch up :)


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#9 awraynor

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

Thankfully I'm not a video purist. I have around 1100 DVD's backed up, couldn't afford to backup that many Blu-Rays. 



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 06:26 PM

I'm not a purist either, by any means. Most of my stuff is MKV/H.264 stuff, mp4.  

 

And only 1100?  I've got 1900 movies. :)

 

As for affording, *cough* netflix *cough* physical disk service *cough* 


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#11 awraynor

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 06:41 PM

I've heard talk of that strategy ☺️ It's the 30 plus drives that would be expensive. A friend has shared his >3k movie and TV cloud library with me. If I only had time for all of that.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:58 PM

I encoded all of mine to HEVC video in an MKV container with no perceptible loss in quality. Choosing MKV was due to a bug with FFMPEG and copying PGS subtitles as binary data in the M2TS container. BUT, MKV does not support LPCM audio, so I had to convert those tracks to PCM at whatever bit depth and endian the source had. Overall, it resulted in just over 50% space savings. Here is what I have using less than 24 TB on the pool and being served by Emby:

           Movies   Episodes 
unkown     0        0 
< 480P     0        0 
480P       149      39 
720P       0        24 
1080P      1889     236 
1440P      0        0 
4K         0        0

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 08:55 PM

using the Statistics plugin i see  :P


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:42 PM

using the Statistics plugin i see  :P

Well, why wouldn't you?  It's awesome.  :)

Movies	Episodes
unkown	0	18
< 480P	217	11943
480P	134	5180
720P	392	14777
1080P	1078	4207
1440P	0	0
4K	5	32

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:27 PM

Wow! How do you ever find anything to watch?  :P


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#16 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:07 PM

Emby has a nice "new", "recently added" and "because you watched" sections.  :)

 

That's ... also not counting my "Linux ISO" folders. :P


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#17 awraynor

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:22 PM

I'm slow. Knew there were a lot of Linux fans out there and I didn't understand why they kept all the old ISO's.

 

I've been on Plex since leaving my O.G. X-Box with XBMC. I've got a lifetime license to Emby and just

tried it again. It's full-featured, but just not as intuitive to me.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:37 AM

Yeah, definitely a euphemism. :)  

Either referring to downloaded content, or porn.  

 

 

As for Plex vs Emby, I actually found Emby was easier. But to each their own.  

The biggest things for me were that Emby can NATIVELY run as a service (it actually installs the service during setup, but sets it to manual), and that it has locally managed user accounts that can be used outside your local network.  Neither are things Plex does AT ALL.  And Emby gets a bit better video quality for less network traffic, at the expense of more CPU cycles (but I ... have two six core CPUs in my media box, and it laughs at any load I've thrown at it).

 

That said, I have the lifetime subscription for both. They're both great software packages for media.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:43 AM

My biggest frustration with Plex is that it's not uncommon for me to lose connectivity outside my home network.

 

Emby is more alike than different, but the configuration confuses me more. I'll often run an Emby instance as a

backup to Plex if remote connectivity is lost. 

 

More often than not however if I'm going on a trip I'll just sync media to my Surface Pro4 and view it that way. 



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:51 AM

Yeah, Emby's settings can be a less intuitive to get set up.  I sometimes find myself having to search to find settings..... 

 

But once you've gotten it setup and running, it's great. But so is plex.


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