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Does it respect file placement while still duplicating?

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To put it simply, I have a file placement rule that my Plex movies that I rip go to Disk 2 of a three disk pool.  If I put file duplication on, will it always put my "original" copy that I drag into the plex folder on disk 2, and THEN duplicate it elsewhere?  

Second question, any way to 'rebalance' so if Disk 2 (my movies disk) is carrying some duplicated files from disk 1, it will move those out of the way (maybe to disk 3) to accommodate new movies I want to put on disk 2?  This would still allow those disk 1 files to be duplicated, and still give priority to my file placement settings of where to put my movies.  But it'd require it moving ALREADY duplicated files.  Thanks!  I also have another question, but it's totally unrelated so it's in a separate thread.

 

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8 hours ago, sfalexi said:

[1] To put it simply, I have a file placement rule that my Plex movies that I rip go to Disk 2 of a three disk pool.  If I put file duplication on, will it always put my "original" copy that I drag into the plex folder on disk 2, and THEN duplicate it elsewhere?  

[2] Second question, any way to 'rebalance' so if Disk 2 (my movies disk) is carrying some duplicated files from disk 1, it will move those out of the way (maybe to disk 3) to accommodate new movies I want to put on disk 2?  This would still allow those disk 1 files to be duplicated, and still give priority to my file placement settings of where to put my movies.  But it'd require it moving ALREADY duplicated files.  Thanks!  I also have another question, but it's totally unrelated so it's in a separate thread.

[1] Yes, it will only move the data from disk 2 if a balancing rule causes it to be moved (if you have disk space equalisation turned on, for example). Otherwise, it will stay put.

[2] You could just set the drive-overfill plugin to 75-80%? Then if any disk reaches that capacity, it'll move files out? Personally, I assign a pair of landing disks for my pools. Two cheap SSDs where incoming files get dumped. DP then moves them out later, or if it fills up. Note that the disks should be larger than the largest single file you would put on the pool.
If cost is an issue, you could try the following setup with existing hardware instead:

  • Install the SSD optimizer plugin
  • Tell DP/SSD Opt. that Disk 2 is an SSD and un-tick the "archive" setting
  • Make Disk 1 and 3 "Archive" drives
  • Change your file placement rules so that only unduplicated files go on Disk 2, and only duplicated files go on 1 and 3

That way, all new incoming files get put on "Disk 2", then later when your duplication/balancing rules engage, it will move the data off of Disk 2 entirely, and duplicate to 1 and 3.
This assumes you do not have "real-time duplication" enabled. If you still need the total capacity of the 3 disks, then perhaps a small investment in a 120/240GB SSD to use as a landing drive might be a good idea, and substitute "Disk 2" with "SSD/Disk 4" in the above setup?

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Awesome.  Answers my questions!  Thanks for the SSD Optimizer trick.  I'll look into that as my drive gets fuller (it's still about half empty, but I'm starting to upgrade to 4k blurays and I know that's gonna start to fill it up more).  I appreciate it!

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