Currently I'm trying to consolidate my Plex library into one contiguous (virtual) pool. Right now I have TV and Movie content on two different RAID based NAS devices. DrivePool seems like a solid option. To that end I've ordered 2x 8tb archive drives and expect delivery today.
Right now my plan is to install the 2x 8tb drives on my Windows based plex server and configure them in a pool with no duplication (initially). From there I will offload the NAS data onto the pool, and will keep those devices active in the near future to serve as a backup to the primary pool. Eventually I may add more drives to the pool itself and enable file duplication there, which would free up the NAS devices for other use. Suggestions on Windows software to perform the data copy? (Windows File Explorer seems less than idea for such a large dataset)? I currently have a license for SyncBack Pro.
I'll be putting approx 13tb of data onto the pool once it is built. From what I've read the seagate archive drives don't write large sets of data very well, due to the way they buffer incoming data. Would I see any advantage to adding in a SSD via the Optimizer plugin? I assume it would help offset the slower write speeds of the archive drives. Any suggestions on drive size?