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  1. I do have an Intel CPU with an iGPU but as it's only a 3770K I'm using a P2000 for hardware transcoding / encoding in Plex, so I suppose I can forgo that first paragraph. I don't know why that disk share had suddenly become a thing. It definitely wasn't there earlier. But okay cool, I've found it and set it to "Private" and "Yes (Hidden)" now so other people won't be able to access it at all and I won't be able to see it, but if need be I can still access it. Thanks for all of your help today man, very much appreciated!!
  2. Okay yeah I see that you mean within the DVR settings in Plex itself. See I'm a little bit hesitant with trying to get Plex to cut out commercials. It never did a very good job whenever I tried it in the past on my previous Windows set up. It is certainly a very interesting idea that I think I'd like to try. To edit the 'go' file I assume I'd just have to view the flash drive as a share in Windows, go to config, then open and edit the file using notepad then just save it. Right? Would I need to include: #Setup drivers for hardware transcoding in Plex modprobe i915 sleep 4 chown -R nobody:users /dev/dri chmod -R 777 /dev/dri I assume that is for something else as it's not what you have previously told me to do? You wouldn't have an idea about why that cache drive is showing up as a share, would you? And yeah I'm aware that we're very very off topic now, but I do very much appreciate having you here to help me today and so quick with your responses too. If I could show you my gratitude I would!! It's very nice to have someone a lot more knowledgeable than I helping me to get along and learn this whole new world of Unraid haha
  3. I do have Plex DVR set up through a HD HomeRun Quatro that's connected elsewhere within the network. I do not understand what you mean by "enter those lines in the 'go' file" (what "go" file and how?) and where would I then set "Convert Video While Recording" to Transcode? Although, to be fair, it's not very often we use Plex DVR to actually record, mainly just use it for Live TV. It's usually easier to source from elsewhere than to record, cut the commercials, and then re-encode down to a decent file size, etc. Also, I was going to open a separate thread but maybe you can help me with this, since doing all of what we've discussed today I'm now getting a share show up in Windows called "cache" which appears to me as though the cache drive has for some reason now become it's own share? All of the folders within / shares on the cache drive (ie domain, appdata, system) are all set to "Yes (Hidden)" so none of them should be visible, and they're not when you open the IP in explorer and view the possible shares, but if you open the cache folder there they are. If you can understand what I mean? This definitely wasn't there earlier. How I hide it again?
  4. Is what I would have to copy and paste into terminal to achieve the same result as you? You do mention it could become an issue with multiple simultaneous transcodes. Do you not ever have more than one transcode at a time? Have you never experienced what happens if you reach your limit?
  5. Are you talking about having the transcode set to /tmp? That's currently how I've got my Plex Docker set up.
  6. I should maybe point out that whenever I previously said array, I did mean a share that is using a SSD for a cache. But okay, I think I understand all what's going on now. Whilst I've got you guys here, is it possible to get your assistance in using setting up to use some of the 32GB of RAM on my server as a RAM disk? And this might be totally wrong, but could that RAM disk maybe be pooled with the SSD cache?
  7. Okay I can understand that. But it seems almost like my 5GbE is wasted if it's only going to transfer at such slow speeds. It's not often I'm going to be transferring the same file more than once? So I've just done some further testing. I had a MKV I ripped a week ago on my NVME boot drive on Windows. I copied that across using 5GbE to the array and it went across first time at approximately 335MB/s. I deleted it from the array. I copied it across to the HDD on Windows, then copied it across to the array and it went at approximately 335MB/s again. But then, as before, I transferred another movie that was saved on the HDD to the array and it would transfer again at the slow speeds. I then copied 2 different movies from the HDD to the NVME boot drive and copied them across to the array for the first time and they both went over at the much higher speed. So basically any time I copy something off the HDD to the array, atleast for the first time, it's going to transfer at a much slower rate. Now I understand the HDD is the bottleneck and being a WD Black 2TB (and an old one at that) it has read and write speeds around 150MB/s but we on average seem to be getting speeds quite a bit below that approximate 150MB/s figure. But I guess that can be attributed to the fact it's an "up to" figure and because the drive is quite full it's naturally going to be slower?
  8. Okay so... Is that normal? what can I do about that? How do I get around it?
  9. I understand the HDD would be a bottleneck. But it wouldn't explain why the first time I transfer a file it goes across slowly, but the 2nd time I transfer the exact same file it goes across at the kind of speed you would expect. At the slower speed it's not much / if any better than just using 1GbE.
  10. When transferring from Windows to the Unraid share the source was a HDD and the destination is a HDD array which has an SSD cache. If that makes sense? I would be interested to setup RAM disk to RAM disk as the Windows PC has 128GB of RAM and the Unraid server has 32GB of RAM, but I'm not sure how to set that up on the Unraid side of things and thought that might have been something to do after I've got all this 5GbE business working as it should.
  11. Okay so this is a good example of where, as I said, I might have got something wrong. So I've just gone back to SpaceInvaderOne's video and at 10:30 he puts the Unraid server as 192.168.11.199. Then at 16:49 he sets setting in Windows to be 192.168.11.197 Clearly I was not paying enough attention both auditory and visually as I thought he put .199 for both. So I've just gone in to the 5GbE adapter properties on Windows and changed that to 192.168.2.12 and you know what... that appears to have worked! haha Atleast to an extent. I can add a network share, it asks me to log in, I can then map the share to a drive letter and access my files as you would expect. However some quick tests I've just done copying a movie from Unraid to Windows via 1GbE and then via 5GbE, then copying a movie from Windows to Unraid by 5GbE then via 1GbE all seem to get very similar results of approximately high 80s - 110ish MB/s. But then it gets werider. If I copy say Movie A from Windows to Unraid using 5GbE it'll transfer at the above approximate speed. I then delete Movie A. I then copy Movie A again, the 2nd time it will transfer at 335MB/s. If I delete and copy across again, Movie A will again transfer at about 335MB/s. But then if I go to copy across Movie B, the transfer speed drops back down again to appoximately 90 - 110MB/s. What gives with that?
  12. Sorry, what? All of the stuff I've seen says that you need to set the same IP on both of the 10/5GbE NICs. So you're saying I need to change one to, say, Windows to 192.168.2.13 and Unraid to 192.168.2.14? Either I've totally misunderstood the tutorials, which very well might be true, or that can't be right...
  13. I originally followed this video by SpaceInvaderOne. I then tried to follow the two tutorials in a post found elsewhere on this forum. But I just cannot seem to get it up and running correctly. Windows 10 PC has an Asus Maximus XII Hero with a built-in 5GbE ethernet port on the back. Unraid server has an ASUS XG-C100C 10GbE PCI-E card (& is running version 6.9.0-beta30). They are connected via Cat 7 ethernet cable. Both Windows and Unraid can see they're connected by 5GbE in the Ethernet Status window on Windows and on the Dashboard in Unraid. I am able to access the shares on Windows via 192.168.1.13 but not via 192.168.2.13 which should be connecting to the Unraid server using the 5GbE network. Windows will just hang if I try to Add Network Location before eventually saying "The folder that you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another." If I try to ping from Windows it works fine for 192.168.1.13 but will time out and fail for 192.168.2.13. If I try to ping from Unraid using the 10GbE NIC (eth1, as detailed in the written tutorial on the 2nd link) I get a single line result saying "PING 192.168.1.83 (192.168.1.83) from 192.168.1.13 eth1: 56(84) bytes of data." - To be honest I'm not sure if this is all that should show up or if there's anything more. I am totally new to Unraid and I am now totally lost & confused as to what on earth I have to do to get this working correctly. These tutorials make out like it's oh so simple, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what on earth is going wrong. Please can somebody help?
  14. So to give backstory, I had used Unbalance to move some data between drives. After it had finished I noticed that it had still left empty directories on the old drives so I googled how to get rid of them and found this reddit post which suggested using "find /mnt/disk1 -empty -type d" and "find /mnt/disk1 -empty -type d -delete". So I ran it the first one to list all the empty directories on Disk 3 which was fine. But then when I typed in the code again I accidentally just did what the post said and included Disk 1 which is where my appdata, isos, system, domains, etc folders are stored. I do plan on moving appdata to a separate SSD but as I've just been spending the last couple of weeks getting things up and running, preclearing, moving data across, etc I've not yet done that. But I'm concerned about the fact I've totally deleted the shares / folders for ".trash-99", "Domains", and "ISOs" as well as any other empty directories that might have been within appdata or system folders. Should I be worried? Is there anything I can do? (no, I don't yet have a backup of any of these folders or shares) Edit: Turns out they were automatically re-created sometime later, possibly the next time the array was shut down and restarted, so they have returned and it does not appear as though there is anything to worry about.
  15. Because the disk will have already been zeroed by the preclear plugin, is that when you choose the option that "parity is still valid" or something that I've read online? Although I haven't tried to do this yet or seen this option myself. So if I stop the preclear session in the pre or post-read step, and then create the array using those disks, I'm guessing it won't have the preclear signature? Whatever that is? What are the benefits / drawbacks of doing this and of the preclear signature? All 4 of the drives are now in the post-read stage, two at about 85% and two at about 55% so if I'm going to follow your advice I need to end this process within the next day or so before it starts zeroing the drive again.