Closed HTPC Bottle necks with external drive Tags: Streaming External Drive Components Last response: February 8, 2012 6:38 PM in Components Share cremate February 8, 2012 2:08:13 PM Hello, I wanted to see what bottle necks I should look out for when streaming media from my file server to my HTPC. Identified components: Hard drive (read) - 5k RPM USB (external HD) - USB2 Router (using wired) - 10/100 What would be my bottleneck and thus, what should be upgraded for 1080 streaming? Thanks! More about : htpc bottle necks external drive americanbrian February 8, 2012 2:23:13 PM usb 2.0 interface is the slowest. install the drive in a networked pc instead of using it as an external..... americanbrian February 8, 2012 2:24:15 PM OR, copy the file you want into an internal drive before streaming, but that is recurring hassle. Related resources Which RAID setup for 26TB Media Server / HTPC ? - Forum I3 2120 bottle neck radeon 7770? - Forum High-end system pre water cooling - any bottle necks ? - Forum Upgrading htpc gpu for gaming - Forum HW recommendations for an HTPC ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer cremate February 8, 2012 2:33:16 PM What about if I upgraded to USB3? Would that still be the bottle neck or would it be the drive (or router bandwith)? Best solution americanbrian February 8, 2012 2:48:44 PM If the drive is USB 3.0 AND the server has a USB 3.0 port you should have no problems streaming 1080p. It is unlikely you will find a 5400rom hd with a usb 3.0 interface though, wouldn't really make sense. LAN is probably fine so long as their is no contention for the bandwidth, if you plan on having multiple users or uses of the LAN you want a 1gbps unit instead. cremate February 8, 2012 2:49:56 PM Great thanks for the help. As far as numbers this is what my research came up with: 100base-x (wrt54gl router) 12.5 mb/s USB2 60 mb/s usb3 625 mb/s I'm having trouble finding what the drives rates would be and what I should be looking for as far as speed. Is it assumed that if the interface is USB3 the drive will atleast perform that fast? cremate February 8, 2012 6:15:19 PM Best answer selected by cremate. Mousemonkey February 8, 2012 6:38:37 PM This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumBottle Necking ForumLow fps with zero bottle necking...... ForumIs their a bottle neck in this system build? ForumWould Phenom II x4 965 Bottle Neck This graphics card? ForumIs my GPU being bottle necked? ForumWill i be receiving " bottle-neck " like effects with this build ForumHelp finding my performance bottle-neck HP P7 1234 and nvidia GTX 550T ForumFinding the bottle neck on HP pavilion P7 1234 ForumVID card on HTPC ForumThere is a bottle neck somewhere in my new computer and I can’t figure ForumIs a Mobile Rack can be a bottle neck for a hard drive ? ForumIs my GPU bottle -necking my system? ForumHd 6770 atx 450w psu ForumNeed help with two monitor setup ForumCore 2 Duo in a Dell XPS 600 with a PD 945? More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !