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  1. Yes, that´s no problem. See my sig. Mediatower is housing 1x 4TB-Parity, data drives for the array are 4x 2TB, 2x 3TB and 1x 500GB. Cache is a 480GB-SSD Sandisk Plus. As long as my drives are healthy I won´t replace them. Oldest disk (WD20EARX) has almost 21000 power on hours. So, Idon´t have any problems.
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    WTB: 8TB drives and maybe a 10tb drive

    Okay, then everything is fine.
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    Preclear before shucking?

    Don´t you have a possibility to use USB 3.0? I´m sure this will triple the speed.
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    Replacing current video card

    I´m not really sure, but I would go the safe way: 1) Start your VM, remove HDxx, shutdown VM 2) Shutdown server and replace GPU, startup server 3) Edit XML and pass new GPU to VM 4) Start VM, Windows will detect the new GPU, install driver For safety reasons, hold a backup of the old config
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    WTB: 8TB drives and maybe a 10tb drive

    Hi fmp4m, I apologize for any inconvinience, that was really not my intention. I just wanted to point out the possibility for recertified drives. So I´m very sorry. Won´t happen again.
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    South Africa into loadshedding AGAIN!!

    Hi there in ZA, Germany speaking, no problems here, our power grid is rock stable. We have a lot of energy providers, private companys as well as companys in the hands of cities or communities. We also have a lot of resellers of energy, so this market is very competitive. In 2014 I was on a business trip in ZA, Midrand. We were fighting for an order for the new powerstations Medupi and Kusile. So I know your problems with loadshedding very well. We had several ones within 3 months. But the most sentence about this I heard was: "That´s Africa" So I can feel with you.
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    WTB: 8TB drives and maybe a 10tb drive

    Parity rebuild done, duration roughly 13 hours at approx. 130 MB/s. Former parity check with the failed Toshiba was around 7-8 hours with roughly 140-150 MB/s. Short smart test of recertified HGST passed without errors, extended smart test started this morning, expected finish is today night at 01:00. Meanwhile I´m rechecking the failed Toshiba in my main system. Preclear is running.
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    HDD spin down delay best practice

    Yeah, agreed. Many years ago I had a terrible expirience with a failing disk at work. We made software for electric checkout for our customers in the automotive industry. So, I was sent out to one of our customer to update the software. The used PC (they are running usually 24/7) was a small industrial brick, something with a 386-CPU, a few megs of RAM and so on. The harddisk was something around 20 megs or so. OS was FlexOS, nowerdays a discontinued RTOS. So I updated the software including drivers and finally had to reboot the tiny box. Bad surprise, no MBR found. The disk was dead. The customer was not amused and kicked me off his factory, no permission for the next 6 months. It was not my fault, it was just bad luck. But you will a power event after updating/upgrading OS when you have to reboot the server. Both servers in my flat will spin down the disks after 15 minutes or so and will go to sleep after additional 15-30 minutes. If I need them I wake them up via Wakeonlan, it´s just a few seconds.
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    WTB: 8TB drives and maybe a 10tb drive

    Hi guys, as announced here´s my expirience with the recertified HDD. Started preclear on saturday , finished (1 cycle) yesterday. Starting speed 188 MB/s Pre-read and post-read average speed 146 MB/s duration (each approx. 11 hours and 20-25 minutes) Zeroing 142 MB/s duration around 11 hours and 30-45 minutes Today after work I will replace the failed parity disk. This will lead to more work for the HGST building the parity. When finished I will do an extended smart test on the disk to be sure everything is okay. This should be done within 17-18 hours (info in smart showed the duration between 1000-1100 minutes). So, I will keep you informed about that process.
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    WTB: 8TB drives and maybe a 10tb drive

    Hi guys, I have to replace the parity disk (4TB Toshiba MD04-ACA400) of my backup system, smart errors. Ordered a recertified 6TB HGST Ultrastar He⁶ Bulk HUS726060ALA640-FR SATA III. Usual price (not recertified) here in Germany is about 310€, recertified is 144€. Will share my expirience when I pick it up from post office tomorrow. Will do a preclear on my main system because of a docking station inside the case. If disk passes the preclear, okay thumbs up. If not, back to dealer.
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    Suggestions for low end build

    What about something like this, HPE ProLiant MicroServer or Dell PowerEdge? This is ready to run out of the box. Get it new or used with or without disks. Or DIY. Watchout for small case, mainboard, CPU and RAM. Depends on your requirements and your money.
  12. jonathanm and electron286 are completely right. If this would be a private project for your own, go on, open your wallet really wide for the hardware and spent a lot of time (and this will be a huge amount of time) building and creating all the stuff. But don´t do anything like that for a customer. It will be a mess. One or both of you will be very unlucky and disappointed. The whole stuff will work for a while, until an update or any other reason. Here are some points which might be useful: 1) My ripped (using MakeMKV) Blu-Rays in 2k (so 1080 or FHD) have a size of 20-50 GB, no compression with Handbrake or something like that. I like to have audio complete, not only german. I don´t know the size of ripped Blu-Rays in 4k. 2) As a rule of thumb, transcoding 2k-videos Plex needs 2000 points in Passmark. The CPU you mentioned reaches 11367 points, so maximum capable of 5 2k-streams concurrently. Have a look on this: https://support.plex.tv/articles/201774043-what-kind-of-cpu-do-i-need-for-my-server/ So the E-5 2620 v4 is not even strong enough for one 4k-stream in SDR, not to mention in HDR (17000 points). If you want to achieve this, think about a CPU starting at 1000$ and more. 3) Forget transcoding. Just buy useful stuff which is ready to work together with Plex. The Nvidia Shield TV works perfect, I bought mine in 2015 and I´m still satisfied. So you don´t have to mess around with Netflix, Prime Video, etc. Or try a Raspberry Pi with Plex Media Player for embedded platforms, works also very good. 4) To rip such a huge amount of disks try to build your own ripstation with vortexbox, have a look here: https://www.vortexbox.org/ You don´t need powerful hardware, a single core CPU around 1 GHz, 2-4 GB RAM and 30 GB for OS is enough. Maybe you have something like this laying around, unused and forgotten in your home. Use Google for searching "Ripping from multiple drives simultaneously vortexbox". It works really flawless. Rips DVD´s as well as Blu-Rays and CD´s. But there is manually work waiting for you, give the rips the right name before you put them in the media library of Plex. Plex needs correct naming of media files to find and match them, for example "Batman Begins (2005).mkv". Best wishes in advance for your project.
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    Complete Noob

    Just to make it clear. 1) You are on the trial with 17 days left? 2) You wanna know if you can switch from trial to basic, plus or pro without loss of any data (no matter what)? Answer=Yes, it´s possible. Just buy the license you need and follow instructions. That´s it. You won't regret it.
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    Different versions of Mibox

    Hi there, I´m using my Shield TV since 2015 (the small one with 16GB flash including remote and controller), so around 3,5 years. First upgrade 1.1 in 2015 was level up to Android 5.1, last upgrade 7.2 in December 2018 included the latest monthly Android security patch (I think November or December 2018, not sure). It is now on Android 8.1 OREO. So the update/upgrade work from Nvidia is really good. In my opinion the box is still the best one in the market. Here´s a review: https://www.androidcentral.com/nvidia-shield-tv-still-worth-buying Here´s the support from Nvidia: https://shield.nvidia.com/support/nvidia-android-tv/release-notes/1 If anyone need a recommendation, the Shield TV is worth it. But I don´t have any expirience with other boxes like Xiaomi, Orbsmart, Roku, etc. I haven't regretted buying it
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    Need help finding a HDD cage

    Okay, the only thing I would suggest is this here: https://www.amazon.com/Lian-Li-EX-36B1-Black-Rack/dp/B004K1HD9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548763831&sr=8-1&keywords=EX-36B1 I use this one in my server inside 3 5,25" bays. Maybe you can use this one with a little DIY. It is equipped with a fan. Just use an installation kit (something like that https://www.delock.com/produkte/1169_Installation-frame/18026/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en) to attach the cage on the bottom of the case.