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Anyone using Plex with cloud storage?

Old 01-06-18, 04:20 PM
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Anyone using Plex with cloud storage?

I currently use Plex with a local NAS. But at least once a year, a drive goes down. And I'm always worried about losing everything.

I noticed that Google Drive offers 1TB for $10/month. That would be a great option for some of my irreplaceable media.

Has anyone tried using Plex with a cloud storage service like Google Drive? Is it easy to set-up? How well does it work? Are there any problems like buffering?
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Old 01-06-18, 05:39 PM
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Re: Anyone using Plex with cloud storage?

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I currently use Plex with a local NAS. But at least once a year, a drive goes down. And I'm always worried about losing everything.

I noticed that Google Drive offers 1TB for $10/month. That would be a great option for some of my irreplaceable media.

Has anyone tried using Plex with a cloud storage service like Google Drive? Is it easy to set-up? How well does it work? Are there any problems like buffering?
I've only used it to demo it, but it worked fine. My main issue is you can't just upload your regular files to the cloud and get it to work, you have to let it use a "Sync Optimized" copy which generally degrades the files a decent amount.

At least that's how it used to work, not sure if that's changed. Google Drive offers 15gb for free, so you can toy with it now if you would like to.


Nevermind, that was all an "off-line back-up", the newer Plex Cloud exists now, separate from Plex Cloud Sync.



I don't see how this is an included feature, as it spins up a virtual Plex server in the cloud for you to use. But hey I'll take it. I just demoed it, it's a little slow to start-up a movie and when you skip around, but otherwise works fine. As I /s'd out above, Google Drive offers 15gb for free, so you can toy with it now if you would like to.

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Old 01-07-18, 01:37 PM
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Re: Anyone using Plex with cloud storage?

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I currently use Plex with a local NAS. But at least once a year, a drive goes down. And I'm always worried about losing everything.
If your primary concern is with losing your data, rather than cloud streaming functionality, then you might be better served by just buying an external drive for local backup of your NAS.

I don't know how much data you have on your NAS, but if 1TB of Google Drive space was enough for you, then it sounds like you don't have very much data. But even if you have a lot of data, you can easily get a single external 8TB drive like
this Seagate this Seagate
for just $149, and then duplicate your NAS to that drive. Your NAS may have functionality built-in already to periodically backup/sync itself to another volume.
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