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NAS for Plex, Roon, family data

Discussion in 'NAS Buying Advice' started by swoti, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. swoti

    swoti Occasional Visitor

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    Good morning,

    I´m using a 453mini from Qnap now for some years. My data volume is about 10TB including important family documents and images. I backup every week on an older QNAP NAS and I have some data also stored in a onedrive cloud account.
    The NAS always had it´s problems when it came to Plex transcoding, and now I also want to use it for Roon too.

    My plan is now to completely set the system up new. That´s why I´m now looking for a new NAS that is capable of performing all theses tasks.
    What would you recommend?
    For Roon I probably need to install an SSD drive. It´s recommended in the Roon guideline. I think at least 8GB of RAM is also needed.

    For the Data sharing and backup I don´t have a strategy yet. Maybe A single 10TB drive would be sufficient in the NAS in first place. The backup would then be done on a seperate NAS (maybe the older 453mini).
    My wife is a teacher and I woud love to have access for her with her IPad from the school network.

    Lot´s of planing to do, so I would love to hear your advices.
    Thanks a lot.
    BEst
    Stefan
     
  2. ddaenen1

    ddaenen1 Regular Contributor

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    I have a couple of pointers to think about:

    - pictures and important family documents i would never store on a system that is not redundant. IF your single 10Tb goes south, all is lost. Having a backup is of course good but easier is to replace the defect drive and mirror again without any interruption or loss of data. I have experienced a HDD crash with all my pictures once and was able to recover almost all pictures but i this experience taught me to always use a redundant array, RAID 1 is the most secure. I still back this up on an external HDD which i remove from the house when going on vacation and stuff.

    - What also i learned is that speed is not very important when wanting access pictures or documents so you could think about an older system that takes 2 HDD's or your mini, providing you configure it in RAID 1 or 5. I am running a Synology RS214 with 2 x 4Tb for pics and docs. Works like a charm with the advantage that Synology has good apps likephoto station that take care of your picture album needs. I also use this one to back up my Mac using time machine. The Synology is easy to connect to from outside using the Synology protocoll.

    - use a separate system for media that has speed. I used to have a ReadyNAS NR212 which does 1080p Plex transcoding but recently, i gave that up because i wanted something that fitted my 19" rack and there are not a lot of options at a decent price point that can do transcoding properly. In the end, i bought a 2nd hand supermicro server with an Intel Xeon X3430 CPU and 16Gb ECC RAM and 2 x 2TB WD Red in mirror on which i was running FreeNAS from an USB stick which has been running flawless for a month now. Not comfortable with running an OS from a thumbdrive, i got another 2nd Hand Supermicro with a Xeon L3426 CPU and 16 Gb ECC RAM only a week ago on which i have installed FreeNAS on 2 x 240GB Kingfast SSD's in mirror and connected to a Dell MD1000 15 bay enclosure via a HBA SAS controller which soon will house 15 x 2TB SAS HDD's on which i move my entire media collection. The good part is, it is more than fast enough for transcoding and i can still upgrade to an X3470 CPU and increase to 32Gb ECC or in the worst case, install another, more modern Supermicro mini-ATX motherboard with better CPU and RAM. On top of that, i can still expand the pool by replacing the 2Tb drives by a larger size so my system is at least "near future proof". I idon'thave any experience with Roon but will look into it.

    Hope this gives you something to think about.

    Dominique
     
  3. ddaenen1

    ddaenen1 Regular Contributor

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    I just looked into Roon and i am wondering why you would want to pay that much money for something hat maybe does only a tid bit more than Plex does? I stream my music via Plex on all devices, when outside, connected a Bose Soundlink mini or inside via the Samsung surround from my TV via bluetooth.
     
  4. swoti

    swoti Occasional Visitor

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    Thanks for the feedback. I´m currently already have that backup system you described. What I was looking now is a more snappy,faster system. But maybe you are right and it would be better to have roon running on a nuc. Maybe it´s also possible to let plex run on that device and use the 453 mini only as storage.