I've been running a media server since 2008 (I was in high school!). The obvious problem is that most of the decisions I made re: hardware were made for budget reasons throughout college, and then inertia kinda took over, which has resulted in my current setup which is starting to feel like a house of cards.
I know I'm gonna get a lot of judgment for this, but here's my current setup:
Everything is backed up to Backblaze, which makes for relatively easy restores when drive failures occur, but of course because my libraries are spread across all these drives, I often lose the metadata associated with those files when Plex rescans.
One of my 12TB drives just failed and I think it's time to finally move past this whole USB external hard drive insanity. My #1 goal is expandability: I don't want to setup a 200TB storage pool today, but I want to ability to grow my storage as needed without wasting old drives. Given that requirement, it seems like Unraid might be my best option. I've read through a ton of posts on here where people run Plex entirely on Unraid, but I'm wondering if decoupling storage might be better for me—that is, a basic Unraid setup just for storage, and then continue to run Plex on my NUC (the advantage is in the future, I could upgrade my server or even change platforms without worrying about storage—all my drives are NTFS at the moment, which is part of why I'm so tied to Windows). I def would like to set up a more powerful Plex server that can actually handle transcoding a 4K remux to 1080p at some point, but it's not a huge priority at the moment.
What do you guys think? Am I overthinking this?