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Preferred source for duplicate files

thammithammi Members, Plex Pass Posts: 1 Plex Pass

is it possible to determine which files gets played when I have the exact same file multiple times in my library? I am thinking about a system with a big slow storage source (for example a cloud storage) and a smaller faster storage source for files HD files I am currently interested in (local storage or faster cloud).

Is such a scenario currently supported in Plex? Does anybody have experience or suggestions on how to build it yourself (probably using unionfs)?


  • trumpy81trumpy81 Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Posts: 11,068 Plex Ninja

    If you have the same file multiple times, but in different formats, within the same library, Plex will group the files together and will automatically select the appropriate file to use based on your Plex client's capabilities.

    You may use Plex Cloud which will store your files on your chosen cloud based service, such as OneDrive, Google Drive etc... and you may select that Cloud server on your Plex client in order to view/play your files stored there, but Plex will not combine files stored in the cloud with files stored on your Plex server.

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  • Chuck CChuck C Members, Plex Pass Posts: 23 Plex Pass

    I too would like this. I have local files and also google file stream mounted. ideally I want the local file played instead of the file steam file. At the moment you can select manually but I would like to default to local.

    It would seem it sorts via the folder path in source. Setting the local source first seems to be the default.

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