I've finally pulled the trigger and purchased a Synology DS1520+ along with a pair of 10TB NAS hard drives. It was finally time to move away from an old laptop with a pair of 4tb external USB drives onto something a little more permanent. This was a bit complicated, because I was planning to use the pair of 4tb drives as well as the new 10tb drives with a total capacity of 18tb and single drive failure. Because I didn't have an extra 4tb lying around, it required the following:
- Initialize the pair of 10tb drives as a volume.
- Copy the contents of the 4tb USB drive onto the 10tb volume.
- Initialize the pair of 4tb drives as a volume (you cannot add smaller drives into a volume with existing larger drives)
- Copy the 4tb of content from the 10tb volume over to the 4tb volume.
- Remove the 10tb volume.
- Add the pair of 10tb drives to the 4tb volume.
In the end, it took 5 days of copying (no joke), but I now have an 18tb storage volume that allows for a single drive failure without loosing any data, and without a single file of data loss.
Now onto the purpose of this post.... There are several things you can do to optimize your Plex media server to run at maximum capacity. I am making the assumption that you have at least a working knowledge of how to use DSM as well as Plex, so I'll be skipping some of the rudimentary steps and instead focus my time on the more complicated pieces.
Please note, we'll be installing the entire Plex app on the SSD. If you already have Plex installed and configured, you can always just configure your transcoding and metadata library to run on the SSD instead.
Also note, we'll be running both the metadata AND transcoding on the SSD... "But wait!!!", you might be shouting, "Won't transcoding destroy my SSD!?!". In the long run, yes, transcoding on an SSD will eventually kill the drive... But, it will take multiple years of constant transcoding for this to occur. Its a risk I'm willing to take. Also, we'll be backing up the contents of the SSD onto the primary RAID, so if/when it ever does die, we'll just purchase a new SSD and restore the drive like new.
Step 1 - Single drive SSD volume for PlexReading many a blog, everyone agrees, using an SSD for your Plex metadata is a key factor in getting the most from your Plex server. With this in mind, I added a 120GB SSD I had laying around into the fifth drive bay. This is one of several reasons I choose the DS1520+ instead of the DS920+... That plus the 8GB of ram and ability to expand to 15 disks instead of just 9.
Chose the correct drive and work through the rest of the prompts.
Next, Create the volume. On the Volume Tab, click create, choose custom, select an existing pool, which is your newly created SSD, the follow the prompts to finish.
Step 2 - Install Plex Media Server
This is now ready to go!
Step 2 - Set up auto-backups
On the Schedule tab, uncheck "Keep the original" and Check "Enable snapshot schedule" instead. I set my snapshot to run daily at 3am.