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Home Theatre PC and Ripping Station Guide

Keep your DVD and music collection on disk with our guide to creating a home theatre ripping box.

| Guides | Posted: Jun 25, 2009 5:04 pm

Introduction

 

So, you have the big 1080p Hi-Def TV, the awesome surround system and a DVD and music collection that puts HMV to shame.

 

You could throw together some parts in a fancy case and make yourself a home theatre PC, but that's so 2008. Instead, let's spruce it up by getting your HTPC to copy your precious polycarbonates to a whopping big disk!

 

With the introduction of 1TB+ HDDs over the last couple of years, the prices have undergone the usual jostling and competitive dropping and are now in the region of extremely affordable; so there's no excuse not to own one.

 

The good folks at Western Digital have very kindly supplied a 1TB Green Edition drive for article and the specs alone are impressive for our storage needs.

 

Home Theatre PC and Ripping Station Guide

 

The Green Edition boasts up to 40% reduced power consumption, using new routines for moving and parking the read/write heads of the disk.

 

With power saving features in place the HDD is also less noisy and produces a lot less heat, which is great in a compact system. Western digital even go so far as to boast that you no longer need a fan if you plan to use this drive in an external caddy.

 

In our world, vibrations = noise; so to eliminate noise and potential catastrophic head/disk interactions, WD has secured the HDD spindle at both ends to increase stability; a very nice feature!

 

With your disk decided upon, you have an excuse to either use up those left over components collecting dust in your study or a chance to spend some serious dough and splurge on a proper HTPC setup.

 

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