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    Jesse J.

    Hello Chris,

    We implemented a 2 TB requirement on any drive that can be turned into a Bluesound Backup Drive, to keep the Bluesound Backup Drives in a constant standard. We understand your request for backing up smaller amounts of content to an external drive, and we would be glad to pass these details along to the Bluesound Lab

    For smaller backups, you can move your files directly from your Vault to a computer. If you haven't tried this already, check out this support article here:

    https://support.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/articles/200387457-Accessing-the-Bluesound-Vault-s-Internal-Storage-From-a-Computer

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    Chris Davies

    Thanks for the response.

    If I merely move my files from the Vault to my computer, will they retain all metatags for Album art etc? Note; all my files are ripped as WAV. The link below suggests there is a specific ext4 format used in backups and I do not want to lose any metadata by following the "drag & drop" approach.

    https://support.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/articles/201846073-How-do-I-Backup-the-Music-on-my-Vault-Backup-Music-Library-

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    Jesse J.

    Hello Chris,

    Any of the file transfer methods that the Vault utilizes should not remove the Metadata on your .WAV files.

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    Redbeardo

    Here's a question for the Bluesound gents: Can I use a 3 or 4 TB external backup drive instead of  a 2TB drive?

    Why I ask: I've just begun to rip 3,000+ CDs to FLAC and it's too early to tell if I'll need to add a NAS or if the Vault2 will have enough storage (for now) without expanding my network. Eventually I probably will add on a 4TB NAS setup, and when I do, I'm assuming I'll need a 4TB backup drive for that. Hence my question.

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  • Hi Redbeardo

    1) You can use a 3 or 4 TB drive as a backup. The VAULT checks if the Backup Drive is at least equal in capacity.

    2) 2TB is a lot more than you think. Our tests here show that a 2TB Vault will store about 5,000-6,000 CDs ripped to FLAC

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    Redbeardo

    Thanks, Tony. Crossing my fingers that 2TB will be sufficient. Just remember all too well my first iPod Classic purchase and thinking it would at least hold my jazz collection in mp3 format ... not even close!

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    Redbeardo

    P.S. Eric in tech support recommended a format-less external drive like Western Digital for the backup. Is there a specific model you guys particularly like?

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  • Hi Redbeardo

    They should all work pretty well - WD, Seagate, LaCie...  we recommend using a brand name one.

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    Redbeardo

    One more question on this subject, Tony, and then I'll focus on Kyle's help with my other issue today. Thank you SO MUCH for your assistance.

    I've found a good deal on a powered 3TB external hard drive from WD (model WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN), but like most USB drives, it's 3.0. Is that compatible with the Vault2's 2.0 USB port? What kind of connecting cable would be required? Forgive the dumb questions, but it's always the little things that fell you.

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  • Hi Redbeardo

    The cables will be in the box with the drive and yes USB 3.0 is backwards compatible.  Enjoy!

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    Redbeardo

    Tony, another dumb question (sorry): The external USB drive came with software for formatting and registering. Should I bypass all that and just hook it up to the Vault?

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  • Hi Redbeardo 

    Pretty much as the VAULT will also reformat the drive as part of it's back up procedure...

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