- RAID is not backup. RAID is a way to reduce the number of times you need to resort to your backup. - There is a proprietary solution called UnRAID...
The last R14.2 release should have eliminated this possibility, how ever for true multi drive ripping Batch Ripper was designed for that operation (and has been in use 24/7 for the last 4 years by the largest commercial ripping companies out there).
Then it's just the issue of "how do we back up and make 10TB of data network accessible on the budget of a college radio station?"
but the folders for different types of music is an excellent idea. We get lots of promo material and compilation albums so it's probably a good idea to separate the music into broad categories.Here's the example folder hierarchy I was thinking of:\Library\Category\Artist\Album (ID number we add when we get it)\Track number. Artist - Titleor for a real-life example:Library\Full Albums\Modeselektor\Monkeytown (30458)\04. Modeselektor - Evil Twin.flac
It just seems like the biggest hurdle now is to store and back up all these terabytes of data we're going to create by going lossless and still make them accessible to the other computers on our local network.
The original CDs could also be considered the backup. If they are not CD-R then they should have a good lifetime. Depending on how difficult some might be to replace this might be all that is really needed for a backup. Store them at another location in case of disaster.
For backup I would suggest AudioSAFE. If you never need to use it then it is completely free. You only get charged if you need to access your backed-up data.In fact, you might consider backing up the lossless files to AudioSAFE, before you convert them to mp3 and delete the original. If you never want the lossless version then it has cost you nothing to save them, but if your budget at a later time permits then you don't have to rerip.
Quote from: pdq on 02 April, 2012, 11:39:47 AMFor backup I would suggest AudioSAFE. If you never need to use it then it is completely free. You only get charged if you need to access your backed-up data.In fact, you might consider backing up the lossless files to AudioSAFE, before you convert them to mp3 and delete the original. If you never want the lossless version then it has cost you nothing to save them, but if your budget at a later time permits then you don't have to rerip.excellent ideas!
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If the files are deleted locally they will be dropped from AudioSAFE after some time. So you have to keep the files locally you want to backup on audioSAFE.
Bad news, our budget means we probably won't be able to afford the equipment to go full FLAC. We'll probably stick with V0.
Quote from: trail on 01 April, 2012, 08:42:42 PMBad news, our budget means we probably won't be able to afford the equipment to go full FLAC. We'll probably stick with V0.I have to ask again, why insist on this setting? I don't want to derail this thread into the dozens (hundreds?) of other listening threads, but it seems storage costs are relevant. So, I refer to my previous post of -V3...-V5, or, AAC 64/96kbps.The hardware considerations will add up, plus (as already mentioned) there are redundancy options abound.
@Destroid: Yes, the OP's budget is limited, and no lossy codec can truly be an "archival" format.However, since this is for a music archive at a radio station, we should assume that some form of additional processing and/or lossy transcoding may take place in the broadcasting/webcasting chain.As such, to try and hit the "sweet spot" of minimizing storage space while providing maximum resistance to downstream artifacts, I think V0 makes the most sense, if AAC is really not an option.While this test is almost seven years old now, I think it's still useful for the discussion at hand:http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....st&p=282909That was done with LAME 3.97 a8, so not current, but not exactly "ancient", either, and it fared the worst as a source codec when transcoding to MP3 ABR 128 - and that was with -V0! Going to a lower bitrate certainly wouldn't improve things.
It must be a radio station or something right?