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Nathan

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  1. My understanding is you want about 10 MB/s per 1080p stream, 4K is somewhere between 15-20 MB/s per stream. Note that is the minimum amount to maintain a stable stream with overhead without having a constant buffering issue. Then you also need to allow additional bandwidth for other tasks and interruptions (videos being copied on or off the drives in the background or a media scanning happening). I don't use 4k given the CPU requirements of transcoding those, plus there is only one 4k TV in the entire house right now. For a single user you are fine with a single spinning drive. It w
  2. Right now I have settled on Storage Spaces, its definitely not ideal but its the best solution I could find right now. I'm using an PCIE SATA card for the Ironwolf spinning drives which is limiting speeds a bit as well, but I'm stuck with this config unless I want to change my motherboard or do a full system upgrade. I'm getting sustained 200-300 MB/s write while things go to the pools SSD cache drive (connected to a motherboard SATA 3), then its drops to 30-40 MB/s when SSD cache runs out which is horrible but apparently normal for parity storage on Storage Spaces. For read speed I'
  3. Parity has a negative write performance impact. Its definitely noticeable, but when implemented properly not a huge issue and speeds are still very usable. The big perk is parity read speeds are excellent. Its an ideal solution for something like a home media library. Parity is not a backup though, I would describe RAID-5 as a space efficient, fault tolerant RAID configuration. You still absolutely still require a backup with RAID-5. What DP is doing is closer to file system mirroring sort of in the realm of thin volume RAID-1 or RAID-10 in the RAID world. I would suspect RAID-10 wou
  4. Yah, I just tested it. It wouldn't pickup a Windows Disk Manager RAID-5. But it did surprisingly pick up the Storage Spaces Virtual Disk. While certainly an interesting piece of software, sort of a RAID-light type of solution Drivepool does not really bring anything to the table that I don't already have being done. Given I have a parity RAID and have a directory mirroring tool already installed (just mirrors any changes in my media directory to the backup drive). I think I was more looking for something that could replace Storage Spaces and be a good RAID type disk manager but that
  5. So I have built a new Plex box out of a combo of spare parts and some new drives, the box is running Windows Server 2019. What has occurred over the past week has been a journey into discovering how much of a mess RAID support is in the Windows world right now. So what I originally had wanted was 3X - 4 TB Ironwolves in RAID-5 with a single 120 GB SSD as write cache. I have a 10 TB Barracuda Pro as backup drive for that array. My original plan was to use Intel IRST to manage this. Well it turns out Intel IRST only supports drives on the Intel mobo controller, it won't support other PCIe S
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