Here are some tips for better media management on your DMS:
Make sure your virus scanner is not a CPU hog if you’re using a PC as your server. This can cause problems like skipping during playback.
Using a PC running Linux, Windows Home Server or Windows XP rather than Vista as your sever.
Make sure your PC or NAS supports Gigabit Ethernet if you are connecting to a Gigabit Ethernet network. This will speed up your data backup and enable more simultaneous high-def streaming.
Avoid running firewall software like Zone Alarm, unless you know how to configure it so that it won't cause problems.
Make sure that all of your music files have accurate metadata tags which are used to create their navigation trees. Otherwise, it takes longer time to access the media from your song list.
Better to create separate folders for each artist in your music library and subfolders for each album. Make sure each album folder contains a JPEG file as the album cover which can be used to display album art. If you like, you can also embed album art in each music file in the ID3 tag.
Make your photos be easily located by setting up the folder hierarchy, like separate folders for each year under My Photos folder, and subfolders for different albums under each year's folder.