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26 November 2008 @ 09:18 am
Son-of-Custard  
Specced out (for the second time) son-of-custard last night & actually bought the bits this time. Why do such things always turn into more of an ordeal than they need to be?? This time I forgot my password for scan so needed to jump through that hoop - at least I had the securecode stuff working in advance as that's always a fun way to fail out ;)

We've been talking about replacing our file server for a while now - need more disk space. Not only are we straining at the seams of the current half Tb, but J wants us to re-rip our CDs in flac & we calculated that'd take ~750Gb, so that needs perhaps a little more room ;) But the current machine doesn't have sata & either the CD burner or one of the ide channels has died (took the machine down a few times before we figured out what was up, and we don't want to risk the data drive by troubleshooting further), so we felt it was time for an upgrade all round.

But it's boooooring. Coz there's gonna be nothing new & fancy afterwards, if all goes well it'll be seamlessly replacing what we already had. And it's gonna be a sod to set up - we only set up the samba & nfs & printer stuff once per server install and the last install was a bit over three years ago. Obviously as this is a total replacement we've got the current one to work off (for the first time for this sort of thing), but even so, not specially looking forward to it. We've not even decided what distro to put on it yet (but at least we have a DVD burner in J's machine at the moment so we can download/burn something rather than be stuck with the 2 things we already have on CD ... or is that a bad thing as it gives us more choice & a harder decision? ;) ).

And at the end of it all, we get to spend about a year re-ripping our cds!
 
 
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Albanachalbanach on November 27th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Given the cost of CD/DVD drives, maybe you could add three or four drives (depending on how many 5 1/4 spaces you have) to speed up ripping. Use slot loading drives and things will be quicker.

Or you could build an autochanger!

http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/tech/changer.html
Margaretpling on November 27th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
It's not the ripping itself that takes the noticeable time to be honest - it's the tagging (J's very fussy about it; I'm more fussy than being able to just go with what the great unwashed internet tag stuff) and getting decent coverart. While it's actually ripping I can go do other stuff so the time taken is irrelevant - stick a CD in each machine, set it going, wander off. Come back & tag it all :/
Albanachalbanach on November 27th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
But if you already have them ripped, don't you have them tagged? Surely then it's trivial to write a script that copies the ID3 tags from the MP3 to the FLAC files?

Of course if you're not happy with the current tagging, that'd be an issue.
Margaretpling on November 27th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Our scheme of tagging has evolved over the time we've had them ripped, so there'd still be review needed and a lot re-tagged

What we're likely to do is just do a handful a day for a while (once we've put the server together etc) - it's not a job that needs to happen all at once, we can listen to all the music as it stands anyway, so we can take our time & make it less of an obnoxious chore :)
John: Cat and Mousejarel on November 28th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
It's probably also worth noting that we've been ripping all the new stuff to FLAC for months, now.