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..... Score 0 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. Score 0 Related resources Potential bottle necks - Forum How do you know when a cpu bottle necks a gpu, or visa versa? - Forum Need advice on older build - Looking for bottle necks. - Forum Are there any Bottle Necks on my P.C ? - Forum Dual gpus on this will psu support it? any bottle necks? - 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)? Score 0 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. Share 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? Score 0 cremate February 8, 2012 6:15:19 PM Best answer selected by cremate. Score 0 Mousemonkey February 8, 2012 6:38:37 PM This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Is a Mobile Rack can be a bottle neck for a hard drive? Forum High-end system pre water cooling - any bottle necks? Forum Check up on bottle necks.. i7 system Forum where's the bottle necks? Forum SolvedBottle necking signs? Forum Solvedwill my cpu bottle neck my gpu Forum SolvedChoosing right GPU for right CPU , confused bottle necking issues Forum SolvedWould a fx 6300 bottle neck a radeon r9 280? Forum SolvedWill I've a " Bottle-neck " with these ? Forum SolvedPossible bottle neck? Forum SolvedWill my i5-4440 bottle neck gtx770 sli? Forum SolvedBottle neck concerns Forum SolvedWill my cpu bottle neck a gtx 750 ti Forum SolvedMotherboard Bottle Necking Graphics card speed? Forum SolvedWill i5 3570k @3.4GHz bottle neck R9 290x? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !