I am looking at repurposing an older mini tix pc build as my dedicated, always on machine to run Channels DVR and server. It is super power efficient, has an Intel CPU with quick sync and best of all it is free (to me). Better option in my book than buying a new stand alone NAS.
But it is in a small enclosure - only has room for 1 SSD for the OS (think Intel NUC size but slightly larger).
So I am thinking of just getting an external hard drive. I presume that is what others do when they talk about using mini PCs (like the NUC, Rpi4, mac mini etc).
Does it work well to have an external drive plugged in 24/7? Does it matter if that drive is a 3.5 inch enclosure versus a 2.5 inch portable? Are there any issues with the drive going to "sleep" in Windows 10 (the OS I will be using)?