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Old May 11, 2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Hi, I plane to buy the $799 mac mini and upgrade the ram to 16gb. I want to be able to encode videos at times but mostly want to be able to stream to multiple rokus, and idevices at the same time. I will be storing my videos on external drives. Now do I leave the mini on at all times if I always want it to be ready to go or is the plex app able to "wake" it from sleep? Also do my hard drives stay on at all times also then?
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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I've got my mac mini plugged into Ethernet and turned on wake on LAN and the plex app wakes the mini. I have a usb drive attached for time machine backups and that sleeps/wakes when the mac does. I think you should be fine.
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Old May 12, 2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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my 2012 i7 quad was registering like 14w on a load meter

i just turn off sleep and let it run 24/7
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Old May 12, 2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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I have a mac mini i use for a plex server and use an external drobo for my media. I have it all the time, and the hard drive sleep after being idle. Leave it on all the time.
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Old May 13, 2013, 01:15 AM   #5
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my 2012 i7 quad was registering like 14w on a load meter

i just turn off sleep and let it run 24/7
I do the same
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Old May 13, 2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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I've got a 3 year old Mac mini that acts as a Plex server, an iTunes server, runs a Windows virtual machine for Quicken, and performs about 10 other more traditional server functions. 8TB of external drives. It runs 24/7 (including the Windows VM). I've also got two minis that are used as entertainment clients, as well as an Apple TV. They sleep when not in use.

There is really no reason to have 16GB on your server. Mine gets buy just fine, even with all its simultaneous processes, with 4GB. The other minis each have 2GB.
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Old May 15, 2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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Thanks, not really worried about using power but more I dont want to kill the mini by leaving in on all the time nor do I want to burn out my external drive. I think it would be easiest to just leave on all the time.
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Old May 15, 2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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Thanks, not really worried about using power but more I dont want to kill the mini by leaving in on all the time nor do I want to burn out my external drive. I think it would be easiest to just leave on all the time.
Note likely. 3+ years of 24/7 and I've had to replace 2 of 6 drives (1 internal drive, 1 external drive) but in just this past year. Seems to be a fairly common drive life. The rest of the mini just keeps on running, as do my entertainment minis. However I sleep those rather than turning them off.
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Old May 18, 2013, 04:06 PM   #9
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What about a drobo mini? Anyone have one?
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Old May 18, 2013, 04:14 PM   #10
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What about a drobo mini? Anyone have one?
Doesn't that model use laptop drives? Those are more expensive per GB than desktop drives. It would save on the power usage though. Take a look at Synology. Love their products.
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I leave mine running constantly, that way my tv shows and movies can automatically download when they made available
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Old May 19, 2013, 09:37 AM   #12
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Doesn't that model use laptop drives? Those are more expensive per GB than desktop drives. It would save on the power usage though. Take a look at Synology. Love their products.
Yes, I was looking at the 1tb wd scorpio blue drives. Will look at the synology though.
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Doesn't that model use laptop drives? Those are more expensive per GB than desktop drives. It would save on the power usage though. Take a look at Synology. Love their products.
I totally second the Synology recommendation. I purchased a DS411J, which is the last generation model, with 4 2tb drives for $400. Great purchase.

A great feature is I took the USB drives I had been using for media storage and they now backup the NAS nightly. Works like a charm.

It also has a built in audio server that I use to access my music remotely on my iPhone. Was a nice bonus.
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Old May 21, 2013, 07:25 PM   #14
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Ended up getting a brand new drobo mini for $400 today. Now going to order four 1tb wd hard drives and the mini. Should I go for the $799 modelor is the $599 sufficient?
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The low end model will be fine.
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