jhsrennie Wrote:All this is getting a bit frustrating. Just for the record, I look after several hundred Dell servers with Perc RAID controllers and four to eight disk (usually Samsung disks) RAID5 or 6 arrays. In fact as I type this I my own server is contentedly writing to a four disk RAID5 array on a Perc controller.
Anyhow, the performance of even the relatively puny four disk RAID5 on my server is substantially faster than the Gigabit network it's connected to. I get steady 100MB/s speeds copying to and from the server across the network. The big arrays are ridiculously fast. We use them on Hyper-V servers running half a dozen virtual machines and disk speed is rarely an issue.
The Perc is a relatively high end controller and would cost you around £250 new, though they're available for around £100 on ebay. My point is that it isn't that hard to get stellar performance from RAID.
Frustrating is an understatement my friend lol. It's taking 8 hours to copy 1TB of data from a USB3 drive and that doesn't seem right. Even copying a single rip over the network to the HTPC takes 30 minutes. I just can't understand how anyone can have their media remotely and streaming to the HTPC over the network, unless I set it up wrong. I was having 20 minute buffers and 3 seconds of play loops yesterday.