There may a simple answer to my question but I don’t have the technical expertise to figure it out for myself. Is there a way of me to purchase music online and to then have it download directly to the internal drive of my Nucleus?
I haven’t had any luck searching for an answer on the forum but I may not be using the correct search terms.
Depending on where you’re purchasing from and how the purchase is distributed to you you’ll need to copy over the individual files to the Nucleus using the guidance others provided above. Additionally, a lot of us have a specific structure to the directories…
Some use genre (jazz/artist/album)
Some just use artist/album or artist_album
Roon does not care how you organize your music except for box sets and then there is some specific guidance to be followed in order for that to work properly.
Frankly, I would not download purchased music directly into a Nucleus (or any folder watched by Roon), but always use a staging folder to collect the downloaded album(s) first before copying them across to the Nucleus. That’s best practice, similar to ripping CDs.
Yes, if you don’t have a disk installed (not thinking of the Roon OS/Database SSD), you can install an additional one (either mechanical or SSD) SATA 2.5" drive into the Nucleus. Post installation you need to enter web UI for the Nucleus and format it.
I have 2 Roon configurations (2 different locations). Nucleus+ in one, and Intel NUC8i7 in the other. I installed a Samsung 870 SSD 8TB in both. Works like magic
No, you can only install 1x2.5" SATA drive. Roon OS and database are stored on M.2 SSD.
But if you already got a SSD SATA drive mounted in your Nucleus, this is where you copy your purchased music. You can create a separate folder if you have FLAC files ripped from CD (or downloaded in other ways).
I have a 4Tb HDD for music, AV software , depending on which one, scans on and off the drive so slowing down reads. This can cause problems, it certainly does with JRiver. I run Windows Defender on Windows 10.
My main library drive is excluded from AV for that reason. So any new files come into a (staging) drive scanned by AV and should there be a problem it’s spotted and fixed before being copied to my unprotected drive.
Works for me. If you want more info go to the JRiver forum there is a thread “Taming Windows Defender “