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SMR drive
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New to data hoarding. Is this better used shucked or in the enclosure? Going to be using for Plex storage.
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As Xon ready point out, these are SMR drives. I bought few of these and 8TB version during sale and still regret my decision.
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gokeeper wrote: As Xon ready point out, these are SMR drives. I bought few of these and 8TB version during sale and still regret my decision.
Sounds like it wouldn't be an issue for Plex media server, right?
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Exas wrote: Sounds like it wouldn't be an issue for Plex media server, right?
No issues using SMR drives for Plex.
Exas wrote: New to data hoarding. Is this better used shucked or in the enclosure? Going to be using for Plex storage.
Depends on how you have your Plex Setup. If you are building a rig then ideally you would house all your drives into a tower. If you are using this standalone as your Plex Drive then you can use it as is. It really depends on if you plan on growing your library down the road or not.
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Looking for a drive for my PS4 what kind of drive should I look out for?
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VictorY50052 wrote: Looking for a drive for my PS4 what kind of drive should I look out for?
1tb SSD. Not an HDD unless you're okay with longer load times.
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Arkv wrote: 1tb SSD. Not an HDD unless you're okay with longer load times.
He mentioned for his ps4 not for ps5 games, therefore I don't think ssd is a must
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VictorY50052 wrote: Looking for a drive for my PS4 what kind of drive should I look out for?
Look at WD Black P10. They have 5TB on sale for 149.99.
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Stupid question does this have cloud service? For example can I remotely connect to this drive with my nvidia player pro
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This is a 3.5 in drive and requires a power source. It is not USB powered. Picture on Bestbuy site is misleading.
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virtuman1980 wrote: Haha...pretty interesting fellow indeed...but it was this persistence/stubbornness of his that got him the positive result in the end.
datako wrote: ... Although, I'm a little surprised you went against what everyone advised ,op. You've got balls and absolutely crazy at the same time to do this.
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Is this a good drive to back up photos? Something reliable and relatively fast to transfer 20-30 GBs at a time.
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gokeeper wrote: As Xon ready point out, these are SMR drives. I bought few of these and 8TB version during sale and still regret my decision.
The OP is interested in Plex storage, SMR makes zero difference for that use model.
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simplypop wrote: Is this a good drive to back up photos? Something reliable and relatively fast to transfer 20-30 GBs at a time.
Problem of SMR is not how fast in read or write or backup, certainly you can use this as a photo backup, but remember that once you write your data, "never" try to read it or rewrite something, not frequently.
SMR is OK as a cold backup for about 5 years if you only use it once a month, other than that, go for a cmr.
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chicot wrote: Problem of SMR is not how fast in read or write or backup, certainly you can use this as a photo backup, but remember that once you write your data, "never" try to read it or rewrite something, not frequently.
SMR is OK as a cold backup for about 5 years if you only use it once a month, other than that, go for a cmr.
OMG, the hyperbole is just ridiculous. Only read it once a month?

Can you please, just PLEASE, stop lying? SMR has it's weaknesses, and in some VERY niche circumstances can be catastrophic performance wise (i.e. ZFS array rebuilds).

Your average consumer? They'd NEVER notice the difference between CMR and SMR.
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repatch wrote: OMG, the hyperbole is just ridiculous. Only read it once a month?

Can you please, just PLEASE, stop lying? SMR has it's weaknesses, and in some VERY niche circumstances can be catastrophic performance wise (i.e. ZFS array rebuilds).

Your average consumer? They'd NEVER notice the difference between CMR and SMR.
I was kidding about "never".
smr as a cold backup without much use, it's fine; but it is not reliable as cmr, if one wanna use it to store good memory for a fair time.
Not everyone has multiple backups or gets a new one frequently. Most people just buy one and wish it could last for 5 or 7 years, one has to think in their way.
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Even average consumer who want to use SMR as Plex storage will notice the difference once they start dump their large media files to it, that 15MB/s writing speed after cache run out is PIA.
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chicot wrote: I was kidding about "never".
smr as a cold backup without much use, it's fine; but it is not reliable as cmr, if one wanna use it to store good memory for a fair time.
Not everyone has multiple backups or gets a new one frequently. Most people just buy one and wish it could last for 5 or 7 years, one has to think in their way.
Care to list a source for that? I can't find a single source backing up that claim that has any sort of authority.

As for using HDDs for backup, frankly, that's a BAD idea if you're talking 5 or 7 years. The BEST backup is regularly refreshed backups on whatever medium works best for you. Just leaving it sitting around is NEVER a good idea.

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