Yesterday, I got an old HP desktop working as a vortexbox-server. I will dedicate this server to my music collection (if I get wake-on-lan working...)
The internal harddisk is not large enough, however. I am in doubt whether I should buy a larger internal disk (IDE probably) or use an external harddisk to connect through USB.
Currently, I have my music (both downloaded MP3 and ripped FLACs) stored on my regular (winxp) desktop PC and also on an external 500GB USB Western Digital harddisk, NTFS formatted, connected to my squeezebox touch.
My idea is the following:
- I format the existing external harddisk, and mount it in Vortexbox according to the instructions on the website.
- Once I have the server up and running, I transfer my music from the desktop PC to the Vortexbox, and thus store it (again) on the external harddisk.
- Regularly, I can make back-ups by simply connecting with my desktop PC and copying newly ripped music from my vortexbox to my desktop PC.
This would allow re-installing from an ISO when needed, without losing my data. And I would save the € 50,- for a new internal disk...
Is this the best option? Or are there drawbacks to this method. (Note that I'm a newbie to Linux, so I need the option with the least amount of tweaking/tuning required...)