Raspberry Pi 4 connected to 4-Bay HDD Enclosure via USB 3.0 Cable
By - Antonioxsuarez
This is not very likely to make you happy. I suggest you look at a NAS like Synology DS418 which will give you much better results.
So is the limitation the Raspberry Pi itself or just the fact that the 4 HDD would be essentially connected via 1 cable? I'm considering scalability as well. I only considered the enclosure because I wanted to run OpenMediaVault and not be to stuck with a proprietary software that comes with some NAS.
The USB portsare cotrolled by 1 chip to my knowledge. So 1 or 2 cables for those drives to connect to the pi won't really make a difference
This I didn't know. Thank you for the information.
You could consider a product like this raspberry pi NAS kit, which allows you to run 4 drives through the 2 usb3 connectors.
I did see this in another post. My only gripe was that it was only for 2.5'' HDD and I'm planning on getting 3.5'' HDDs.
You're better off getting a local castoff x86-64 PC for the same money, sticking a cheap GPU in it, and streaming that way.
The problem with something like Pis is their resources are limited and so you hit their limits fairly quickly. A Pi 4 is unlikely to be be to transcode and handle I/O for 4 HD streams simultaneously.
You're welcome to try, but I doubt it'll end well.
What about just 2 HD streams with no transcoding? Which would most likely be what would happen anyways. Don't really have any 4k content (yet) that I would stream.
I just came across the [Helios64](https://shop.kobol.io/) and it seems like something I'll definitely get further down the line.
Pi hardware is just not something I'd rely on for transcoding.
> came across the Helios64
As I said in my previous comment the problem with SBCs is you can get much more powerful and capable castoff machines for the same price.
SBCs are great for IoT, but that's about it. They're really overhyped and completely outmatched for nearly any other application.