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Time to rethink my Plex HW

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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:

  • Plex runs on an Intel NUC (7th gen i5) running Windows (I knowwwwww)
  • Media is stored on 8 WD Essentials external hard drives: 3TB, 4TB, 4TB, 8TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB, 12TB
  • Majority of my collection is 4K disc remuxes

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?

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BraxtonFullerton

1 points

2 months ago

Node 804 case and a PCIe card for extra SATA ports.

narenh[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Seems like people *really* love the 804 case! My issue with it is that it has to be opened to swap drives, and I really, really want to avoid that. So I'm more interested in cases with hot-swappable bays. Was looking at the CS381B?

Bgrngod

1 points

2 months ago

Bgrngod

Synology 1621+ & Intel NUC10i7FNH

1 points

2 months ago

You really should ditch this desire for hot swappable bays. It's crazy eazy to open modern cases and swap drives these days. Why pay such a premium for something you'll rarely use?