Got A Petabyte's Worth of Music (and nowhere to put it?)

Thanks to John Atkinson for giving me the heads up on this newsworthy item from eRacks:
eRacks introduces the first 150TB storage server, bringing affordable petabyte-class storage to a space-hungry market.

Orange, CA, Dec 22, 2010. eRacks Open Source Systems is at the forefront of computer server vendors utilizing the new 2.5TB and 3TB hot-swappable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital. The eRacks/NAS50 server makes petabyte-level data storage within two rack cabinets a reality. Four 9U-height eRacks/NAS50 systems can be housed in a single 42U Cabinet, containing a total of 200 drives or 600 terabytes of data. eRacks manufactures its own line of rackmount servers and desktops configured with Open Source operating systems, such as Linux or OpenBSD.

Let's see, if a typical 3-minute song saved as a FLAC file takes up roughly 16MB, that means that 150TB can hold roughly...a boatload of music. The eRacks NAS50 starts at $10,395. The perfect stocking stuffer for the music hoarder's multi-million song library.

slim's picture

to buy this, though, because prices for 3 TB hard disks have more than doubled lately due to the floodings scraping production in Thailand.

But we'all be needing something like this - well, a 5 to 6 disk array will suffice for a while - once 24-192 becomes commonplace.

Yes, I admit to being a member of the "music hoarder" species, my 1.5 TB disk just running out of space, despite most of it still in plain 16-44 FLAC ...

Jon Iverson's picture

I can't imagine the heat that thing will put off.

Michael Lavorgna's picture

But a datacenter in every home looks like its shaping up to be the new audiophile dream.

JoeW's picture


I have a NAS with 2.7TB on it and I'm also running out of space.  I was just curious about what you do regarding liner notes.  Since space is an issue with me it is very tempting to store them away with the ripped CDs and related packaging.  Every time I'm ready to do that though, I decide to keep the liner notes accessible since they are such an integral part of the package.  I've tried scanning them but it just takes way too long.

Just curious as to what you do.



slim's picture

Non-trivial issue, Joe, and I don't have a perfect solution, either. That is why my CDs are still around and actually - probably just due to the liner notes - still get a lot of play time. (Space not so much an issue here, but from the size of your NAS I suppose your CD collection is quite a bit bigger than mine.)

I have gradually been shifting to downloads instead of buying CDs, and they often come with liner notes or the full booklet as PDF or JPGs - even those nerds uploading their 24-96 ripped vinyls to file sharing sites often do a fantastic job in supplying the additional material, as well. And while downloading that music may not be all too legal, I would not hesitate to download the digital liner notes / booklet of a CD or LP that I own.

If the booklet comes as a series of JPGs, I combine them into one PDF (not much work), and as I usually have my MacBook on the sofa arm rest while listening, this is a convenient solution for me.

Just my few thoughts ... good luck,


One more thing, in case you're using iTunes: you can import the PDF booklet into your library. They will initially be classified as media type "Book" (not sure about the right terminology here, using the German version), but if you change that manually to "Music" and adapt album and artist name, the liner notes will show up right alongside the music tracks.