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USB 3.0 HDD Enclosures for Plex?

Hi,

Are there any cons to using a USB 3.0 multi-HDD enclosure for media storage (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734G79FW for example) if my computer is always on anyways? Using a Shield for local network playback.

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Hi,

Are there any cons to using a USB 3.0 multi-HDD enclosure for media storage (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734G79FW for example) if my computer is always on anyways? Using a Shield for local network playback.

Thanks in advance.
Only the fact that there is no redundancy like raid so if it fails you lose all data. As long as you do full backup regularly its not an issue. I prefer a NAS raid box myself but still no excuse not to have it backed up. Or are you talking about a NAS that is USB 3.0 as opposed to using it networked I guess its fine if the computer is always on.

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Are there any cons to using a USB 3.0 multi-HDD enclosure for media storage . . .
Not really. I have a small i3 Shuttle PC running as a media server. I have 4 Mediasonic 4-bay enclosures connected via eSATA as the disk farm. Works very smoothly with 16 external HDD's. The only con I can see is if you use USB 3 rather than eSATA. It is hard to get SMART data across a USB bridge if you want to keep track of HDD health. That is one of the reasons I installed eSATA adapters.

Mediasonic sells 4-bay enclosures that will do RAID 5. Those may be more suitable for you if are using USB 3.

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If you attach to a windows 10 pc, i would turn on storage spaces to protect against drive failures.

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