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FUNKER530
March 19th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Is it possible to copy files between drives attached to the boxee box through USB? It seems like the only way to do that is over the network which takes forever for a 40 gig iso.

darcilicious
March 19th, 2011, 10:06 PM
No you can't do it via the Boxee Box. I think you'd be much happier if you just invested in a NAS solution.

FUNKER530
March 19th, 2011, 10:28 PM
No you can't do it via the Boxee Box. I think you'd be much happier if you just invested in a NAS solution.

Thanks darcilicious but I was really trying to get away from any reliance on streaming. It doesn't matter how great your network is there will always be random issues when you are trying to stream a 40gig file. And it will normally happen when you have company over for a movie. There aren't to many things that can go wrong through USB.

goopka
March 20th, 2011, 01:11 AM
**edit** reading comprehension ftw... Now that I've fully read your OP, my method may result in networked transfer speeds. It also may do USB speeds. I'm not sure - give it a go if you haven't already. **end edit**

Yes, I believe you can - but it would have to be done from a computer on the network. Here's the scenario:


Connect USB device(s) containing one or more hard drives to the Boxee Box.
Enable file sharing in the Boxee Box's settings.
Open that share from a computer on the network. The share will be split up into folders for each physical drive/partition connected to Boxee.
From here you should be able to simply drag and drop from drive to drive.


I do this for reading and writing to the drives (via my laptop) over the network. I see no reason why it can't read from one drive mounted to Boxee and write to another drive mounted to Boxee.

Best of luck to you.

FUNKER530
March 20th, 2011, 11:41 AM
**edit** reading comprehension ftw... Now that I've fully read your OP, my method may result in networked transfer speeds. It also may do USB speeds. I'm not sure - give it a go if you haven't already. **end edit**

Yes, I believe you can - but it would have to be done from a computer on the network. Here's the scenario:


Connect USB device(s) containing one or more hard drives to the Boxee Box.
Enable file sharing in the Boxee Box's settings.
Open that share from a computer on the network. The share will be split up into folders for each physical drive/partition connected to Boxee.
From here you should be able to simply drag and drop from drive to drive.




I do this for reading and writing to the drives (via my laptop) over the network. I see no reason why it can't read from one drive mounted to Boxee and write to another drive mounted to Boxee.

Best of luck to you.

Thanks goopa but that was the first thing I tried and I bet about 2-5 MB/s transfer rate which is about what I normally get over my gigabit ethernet connection.

The boxee is just a little linux box so i don't know why they couldn't add a little pc functionality into the gui. Or at least give us a web interface where we could do simple command line stuff.

goopka
March 20th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Yeah, it shouldn't be difficult to implement. I'm not sure what kind of file permissions apps are granted, but maybe a file managing app will come along in due time?

jhartbarger
March 20th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Thanks darcilicious but I was really trying to get away from any reliance on streaming. It doesn't matter how great your network is there will always be random issues when you are trying to stream a 40gig file. And it will normally happen when you have company over for a movie. There aren't to many things that can go wrong through USB.

This is not a dig on you but instead your post is just to the latest of me reading it. If you invest in a good NAS solution and a good gigabit switch you will have ZERO streaming problems even with 40gb files. I do not have any streaming issues and never have since day one of my boxee box purchases. The largest problems encountered with streaming is a poor switch or poor source. My friend was having the problems you mention and once I got him to purchase a ReadyNAS Duo ($200 plus disks) and a TrendNet TEG-S80g ($40) Gigabit switch his problems vanished.

FUNKER530
March 20th, 2011, 10:08 PM
This is not a dig on you but instead your post is just to the latest of me reading it. If you invest in a good NAS solution and a good gigabit switch you will have ZERO streaming problems even with 40gb files. I do not have any streaming issues and never have since day one of my boxee box purchases. The largest problems encountered with streaming is a poor switch or poor source. My friend was having the problems you mention and once I got him to purchase a ReadyNAS Duo ($200 plus disks) and a TrendNet TEG-S80g ($40) Gigabit switch his problems vanished.

Ya the whole point is I just dropped 230 on a device that isn't perfected yet and I don't feel like droppin another 5 on storage, nas device, and gig switch until I have proof all these updates aren't just talk. Maybe once 1.1 gets released, the device gets fined tuned, and the wife lets me buy my next toy I will invest in a good NAS setup lol.