My server of streaming tears
July 9, 2011 5:00 AM Subscribe
I'd like to use a 2007 Macbook Pro + 2TB FW ext HD as a NAS setup, but the drive keeps falling asleep and slowing and causing video to hiccup. How can I prevent this and get smooth movie playback?
posted by miomiomio to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I'm not running any streaming server on the old MBP. The HD is connected to the old MBP using FW. I just mount the HD on my new MBP thru the old MBP that's on the network, then directly play a movie file off the HD using VLC. I thought that the constant read off the HD would keep it from sleeping/slowing, but the drive will start to slow down audibly and rev up again immediately. It keeps doing this intermittently, and the video starts to pause and start often enough to be annoying - once every few minutes.
The HD is a Western Digital inside a generic external enclosure with FW and USB ports. The old MBP is on the network through Ethernet connected to Airport Extreme, and set up to wake up for any Ethernet activity; it's also set up to not sleep for two hours.
Server software suggestions are welcome too. It seemed like they require you to go thru their own friendly front-end interface like Boxee, but I just preferred to use the Finder and VLC so I can just play whichever files in whatever format. I'd prefer not to have to buy a whole new NAS, but maybe a good solution is to buy a NAS enclosure then put the internal drive in it? Again, general advice is super welcome.
was a 5-year old question that seems related. I was wondering if there was something else that had come along in the meantime. Thanks!