Originally Posted by markmon1
Yes, it's definitely better to move those drives to the USB ports on the NUC than to have them be accessed over the network. There is some overhead, although you may not notice it depending on what you're doing. For one thing, transcoding will be easier for the CPU to handle it locally since latency will be far lower. The other thing is you will be able to power off or reboot your win10 pc in other room without having a plex stream die. Someone said its easier to add media with the drives being on the win10 pc, but that doesnt seem true either. Just share the USB drives over the network with the NUC as the server and you can copy files to them via SMB.
It's not hard to do the swap. Move the drive to the USB port and mount it. Load plex server and in library, find each of your libraries, add the new drive letter and delete the old smb path and it will rescan and library should remain intact.
1. i don't transcode anything, everything is direct play, haven't had an issue with bottlenecking, everything plays fine and, again, all network connections are ethernet... of course my kids are in college and stream from time to time, but i haven't noticed any performance hit when this happens?
2. prob with moving the drives is that i have a bunch of movie files that are either custom or home vids, which took me quite a while to apply artwork to, and i have a lot classic foreign films that plex had a less than easy time nailing the first time i set things up, i.e. it took a lot of elbow grease... moreover i have 2000+ movie files on my drives and i spent quite a bit of time picking out just the right movie posters and background art, i think i'd rather chew tin foil while dragging my nails on a blackboard than to that allover again! but if i'm looking at probs down the road with this setup than i'd just assume bite the bullet.
3. actually, i think i get what that other person you mentioned was referring to, that it's easier to add media with the drives connected to another pc, and i think that's why i inadvertently just set up the nuc without the drives connected to it... in my case my office pc is in a very comfy location, and it's set up for tasking, for example that's where i have all of my ripping and video processing software set up, which makes it very easy (and fast) to just rip everything directly to the drives... doing this, and then having to send the movies to the drives over the network would be a lot more time consuming i would think...
4. as far as power, i keep my office pc on all of the time.