I am considering purchasing this server for my use as a marginally future-proof Plex Server. I have an expiring giftcard that I am looking to offload and Dell has this for the same price as WD/Amazon, so I think it would be well utilized on this server. I have had excellent results with the MyCloud Mirror Gen 2 that I purchased over a year ago, however I have almost filled that drive, and I was looking to get a second. With the mindset of wanting to have something I can grow into, the PR4100 seems like the right device for me. Before I take the plunge though, I wanted to run a couple of questions by the community.
Initially, I was going to buy the diskless model and wait to see if I find any sales on drives. Looking through the Compatibility List it looks like the HGST Ultrastar He8 8TB (HUH728080ALE604) drive might be what I’d want as a reliable, high-capacity storage option. Is that a proper conclusion or are there other cheaper or better options for something as simple as a Plex server? I assumed I wanted 7200rpm, and the compatible WD Red 8TB drive (WD80EFZX) looked like it only went to 5400rpm…
Since I will slowly be filling the drive with media, I hadn’t planned on acquiring all four drives at once. Will I be able to set up two drives now in a RAID so that one mirrors the other and then, as time goes on, I can purchase another two drives, setting them as a separate volume and RAID them as well? Is that a specific RAID setup or is that just two separate RAID 1 setups? Is that possible on this device?
I am aware that this is the only drive unit that current supports hardware transcoding for Plex. Has anyone had any transcoding experiences with that worth sharing? I normally only have mp4 files, but I also have the occasional AVI and have started to accumulate some x265/HEVC files. Are those capable of being transcoded well or is that going to be something that gets resolved as players (Roku, iOS 11) start to natively handle the format?
The drive also seems to have the capability for us to upgrade the RAM to 16GB. Would the extra RAM do anything for me running it as a Plex server (concurrent streams?) or is that largely for the enterprise applications?
Will I encounter any issues running both the MyCloud Mirror and the PR4100 on the same network?
Anything else I should be aware of before I shoot for this? Any and all insight and information is welcome!