External Hard drive recommendation- Plex

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ea9, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. ea9 macrumors regular

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    Hi boy and girls,

    Need an external HD for my plex mac mini server.
    Need to it be quiet (it's in the bedroom)/reliable/3-5TB's and obviously USB 3.0 lol.

    many thanks !
     
  2. tampatom macrumors newbie

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    Build your own

    I buy fanless enclosures from Other World Computing then put in Western Digital GREEN drives . They are quiet and cool and I think they come in sizes up to 5 TB.
     
  3. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    What is funny about your requirement for USB 3? Why are you "Laughing out Loud"
     
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    Why obviously?

    USB2 is more than capable of simultaneously handling 3-5 straight blu-ray rips. depending on the bit-rate of the movies.

    apart from the initial load-on of the files, you won't see much gain by using USB3. and if you're downloading off the net, you won't see any difference.

    granted the price premium for USB3 over 2 is rapidly disappearing and almost non-existent. so there's really no reason to not get 3.
     
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    I always get USB 3 instead of USB 2 because it is similar but allows full speed access to the drive. If it is USB 2 enclosure then you are limited to only 30MByte/s even if the drive can go up to 100Mbyte/s. I don't like that.
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, and I don't like that. You wait for the file to load, then it lags if you try to skip through it. I keep my media on a USB 3.0 drive that clocks around 170 MB/sec. Everything is connected with gigabit ethernet which supports over 100 MB/sec data transfer.

    That way, the only bottleneck is the Apple TV itself. I just use iTunes though, not plex, so maybe that makes a difference. :)
     
  7. cardsdoc macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget about speed of transferring/copying files to other drives or backups. While there is probably not a frequent need USB3 makes a huge difference. In 2015 I see no good reason to purchase USB2 hardware.
     
  8. ea9 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Exactly.

    Fudge I seriously can't understand why some people take the time to get caught up on a little lol I dropped in the middle of an entire post. It's so irrelevant.

    USB3 is everywhere, even if I have to transfer 20GBs ONCE then the 5-15$ extra will have been worth it.

    That's why 'lol'. Sometimes I wonder in humanity.
    If you have nothing to say just don't say it.

    The first guy that commented, I decided to just ignore but then another with a similar comment and somehow now this is what the thread is about.

    Never mind guys, I'll just read reviews on Amazon. Thanks to those that actually tried to help.

    /thread
     

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