Curious how folder duplication would work with Plex Media Server app (Movie/TV Streaming) if a drive fails. I have a large drivepool (80TB) with about 15 drives and if a drive ever fails SMART, it starts to offload everything off the drive per Stablebit Drivepool > Manage Pool > Balancing > Balancers > "Move un-duplicated files out of drives with SMART warnings"
(1) If I have 2x duplication on everything and a drive fails, how is Plex going to know both locations and be able to grab it from location 2?
(2) If I have 2x duplication on everything and two people stream the same file, does it sometimes grab it from location 1, and sometimes from location 2? I guess this would be a plus since there is less chance of over-saturating a drive, but I'm sure it would take a ton of people accessing the same drive to cause that?
The reason I ask is today I had a drive fail SMART so Drivepool started to remove media from the drive per the auto setting. A friend tried streaming an educational TV show and it just spun forever and wouldn't play (probably because it started to offload the media from this drive). The media she attempted to stream was not setup under 2x redundancy. In this scenario if I had 2x redundancy enabled, how would Plex have actually succeeded in streaming it? How would it know where the 2nd location is to pull from, if it's just told "TV Shows are under "T:\TV\Mythbusters."
Usually when Plex has 2 of the same file, it shows a "2" in the corner, but I don't see "2" for any of the media that I do have 2x redundancy on, so I'm not sure how 2x redundancy would have successfully streamed it? I don't want to duplicate the whole TV Show drive (30TB) if it wouldn't actually fix a scenario as described. If it would, then I need to purchase some more storage. Hopefully I made it clear enough to understand. Thanks in advance.