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Question Plex Home Media Server (NAS) using SAS hard drives?

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I would like to build a home media server to play movies from different devices simultaneously (iPad, smartphones, laptop, firestick, etc). I was researching prices on 16TB drives and read that Enterprise drives will last longer than NAS drives and I came across this drive (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6698240) for $365 which seems unusual since I thought SAS drives were more expensive then their SATA counterparts. I have a proposed build below and I don't know much about SAS PCIe controller cards, but would like to determine if this would work and allow me to read data faster than the 6 GB/s limit of SATA.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month
Budget Range: $1400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Media Server (Plex)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Tucson, AZ
Parts Preferences: AMD
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Plan on buying one additional 16TB drive later this year
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Building a server to stream movies from

Hardware Price
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Seasonic FOCUS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX PSU $ 99.00
WD Blue SN550 1 TB M.2 (NVMe) SSD $ 115.00
Seagate Exos X16 16TB HDD, 12Gb/s SAS,256MB Buffer - ST16000NM002G $ 360.00
LSI LOGIC 9361-8I 12GB/S PCIE 3.0 8-PORT INTERNAL 1G DDRIII SATA/SAS RAID CONTROLLER $ 160.00
 

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For this use, SAS or Enterprise drives are not needed.
You'd never come close to the workload where an SAS or enterprise drive longevity would make a difference.

And it would still need a backup of any daya you don't want to lose..
 

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