So I could ask this on a regular plane jane PC-esque forum, but since its use will primarily be for emulation (and a minor hunk for plex) I figure this will be easiest to figure out what needs to happen.
A bit of info on my current set up. I have 50 terabytes of storage at current spread across 9 drives. 3 of those 9 are plex and external, the other 6 are internal. 0 redundancy so if a drive goes - im ass-out.
This is half the reason I need a NAS. I want to do something like a raid 6, which will allow me a bit of protection against failure. This equals needing a few more drives. Add in the fact that for the money i’ll be spending, I also need to actually UPGRADE my capacity, which equals a few more drives yet.
I’m looking at doing something like 10x10tb drives, lest 2 for parity.
All that stuff is the easy stuff though. What concerns me is how it interfaces with the PC.
As mentioned, I currently have 9 drives. All pathed out. Plex has library paths to each of the 3 drives its assigned (which is a very small fraction of my concern and will be fixable or even rebuildable much easier than what I have going on with retroarch).
Retroarch on the otherhand (not to mention several standalone emulators for which retroarch has no equivalent core) has playlists which point to various drives, symlinks for art which point to their own drive, and even steam has command line shortcuts that rely on retroarch being in a certain place.
All this was curated and set up over an embarassing amount of man hours that cost me a large amount of family time (and game time!).
Hindsight and all that, I should have went with a NAS years ago. They were less prevalent though and i never realized i’d become so compelled to create a veritably complete retro-gaming collection.
So the easy out is to simply buy 9 new/larger drives, transfer 1:1, assign the same relative drive letters to each, and be done. The old drives would then be backups of a sort.
Still considering all the other perks that having a NAS brings, I want to give it a go if its reasonble to set up.
So ultimately the TLDR version is, would a NAS require me to redo every path/playlist/shortcut/symlink for every single thing?
ive briefly heard of/read about something along the lines of “mapping it as a system drive” or some such, which in my head ideally would work like this.
-create a bunch of partitions on the NAS each holding the data from each of my drives. Assign each partition as a drive to windows with the same letter as the current drive.
leave happy with everything functioning as it always has.
Prooooobably unfortunately not how it goes in practice. Since im old and married (aka friendless), and as such have nobody with a NAS i can go visit and poke around with - I’m left with the next best thing. The internet! I have to rely on someone out there that has seen and used a NAS to set me right