Should I run a VM on an SSD or M2?

DarkSteel

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So I’m looking at running some virtual machines for Plex Drive, but is an M2 overkill?
 

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Without you providing a specific IO usage case, the benefits are likely to un-noticable in the real world. In that sort of case, i'd go with whatever made the best sense, if the M2/NVMe is only slightly more expensive, then get it. If it's got a significant premium and SSD is quick enough, then stick with SATA.
 

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I can say if your doing alot of doing, like tons of it and using the drive as a source, SSD is all that's needed. I have a spare 1TB SSD in my cpu and it's fine :D
 

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i use a 5400 rpm harddrive. i do not have that much stuff downloading so i would say it's more of what you use
 

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i use a 5400 rpm harddrive. i do not have that much stuff downloading so i would say it's more of what you use
Downloading via newsgroups at near gigabit and doing RAR/PAR work can make a mechanical single disk system grind. Once you get backed up, it gets messy quickly.
 

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Downloading via newsgroups at near gigabit and doing RAR/PAR work can make a mechanical single disk system grind. Once you get backed up, it gets messy quickly.
It’s funny u say that. When my hard drive tapped out before, Plex would stutter and speeds would slow to 20 while the unpacking and repairing took forever
 

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RAR/PAR work (especially PAR) will hurt a single mechanical disk system. Normal practice was to split the work over multiple drives where possible and try and configure your client to play nice.
 

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Has anyone tried using a raid with a large Plex library before?
 

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Has anyone tried using a raid with a large Plex library before?
No reason why you can't, but i'd argue that putting Plex in a docker and that docker running from SSD is a much more efficient way of doing it. Media is all but static once processed, the main benefits of RAID being higher IOP's and potential redundancy seem somewhat moot when you have unlimited cloud storage available (unless you have connection issues).
 

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@DarkSteel I have a 28TB ZFS Raid pool running mine. Run's great! I still see some I/O Queues peak pretty high, but I also have a TON of s*hit running off my server. Plex running over iSCSI Target on 10GbE SFP, as well as my other host using that same storage pool via NFS for "old plex server" media. I personally plan on moving my SSD raid over to my Plexguide server host and just run my VM from there.
 

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