For my specific situation logic goes like this, FWIW:

- The script started when I was working on the other side of the world a couple 
of years ago, and was downloading TV regularly. I started by using what others 
had done and improved/modified for my circumstances.  Reducing the recorded 
size by ~60% into MKV's made this possible. It seemed a relatively short 
stretch to modify it to save local space, with improved quality as an option as 
well. It became a seamless reality, and then under real-world testing, a few 
non-fatal issues came up.

- 4TB disks are USD 150 - the ones I'd buy where I am at least.

- Having lost at least 2 new enterprise class disks in quick succession a few 
years ago with some valuable data and recordings not backed-up, I wouldn't 
consider not using a RAID or other reliable storage technique.  Hence a RAID 
upgrade would be USD 450 equivalent.

- I'm at 93% on my 4TB RAID and by reducing this to maybe 60-70% I can see out 
the disks' lives, perhaps another 2 yrs by which time, based on current trends 
I expect rotating disks will no longer be required because TCO (considering the 
need to RAID them + power use over lifetime which is not insignificant) means 
SSD's will probably be cost effective.  So the USD 450 on a new RAID right now 
would be largely wasted, I plan to wait and go direct to low power non-RAID 
SSD, which is the holy grail (financially and environmentally).

Make a bit more sense now?


----- On 14 Jun, 2016, at 15:20, VDR User wrote:

> Curious why you're bothering to do this now when 4tb harddrives are
> always on sale in the $90 range. 6+ years ago it made more sense but
> now it seems like too little too late. Just wondering....
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 6:21 AM, Richard F <> 
> wrote:
>> I will do.
>> Now I'm testing it on a range of recordings, I'm seeing a few issues
>> with ffmpeg/libraries, which I'm addressing with workarounds or reports
>> to the ffmpeg devs.

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