General Questions about NAS

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Problem with Plex Media Server Synology DS920+?

Dear Sir / Madam, Currently am I living in the Netherlands and enjoy watching your videos. Recently I have bought a NAS Synology DS920+ and enjoying it so far. The only bump on road for me and what quite frustrating is. Is that when I install “Plex Media Server” from the package Center or through the website itself from Plex. Each time I open Plex Media Server I get an error when opening Plex Media Server “No soup for you! You do not have access to this server. This message plus the hours, I have spent to researching it to solve it. Let me too nowhere and is quite frustrating. That is the reason I wanted to contact you, because you are far more experienced than me and maybe you know the answer to this problem. Could you please help me and guide me through process, what I should do? Thank you for reading this email and your time. I have also attached a screenshot of what I see when opening Plex Media Server with this email. Kinds regards, Neresh Bhairosing
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 04 March 2021, 03:50
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My question when do you think QNAP will be releasing an new TVS-472XT seeing as they first came out in 2008 I beleive...
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 03 March 2021, 17:55
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How do I copy from seagate uSB backup to my DS220J NAS?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 03 March 2021, 16:35
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High temperature for QNAP TS-653D?

Hi Rob, A small question, with possibly half an answer.;-) I recently bought 2x the same QNAP TS-653D 12x WD RED PLUS 4TB 2x QM2-2S10G1TA (caching data, raid 1) 4x Crucial MX500 m.2 500GB 4x KCP426SD8/16 I call them Chip & Dale! Chip I made the 6 disks raid 5 and at Dale 4 drives raid 5 and 2 raid 0 because I think I need this speed because I use the shared mapping for my standard windows folders to write and read in. These are being synchronized with Chip every night, so far so good :-D Now I notice that the Intel Celeron J4125 gets pretty hot IDLE: (I have already removed the plastic covers) QNAP Dale: CPU temperature is 53 ° C / 127 ° F and System temperature: 43 ° C / 109 ° F QNAP Chip: CPU temperature is 50 ° C / 122 ° F and System temperature: 38 ° C / 100 ° F Besides the fact that the QM2-2S10G1TA card gives off extra heat. And the difference in temperature is clearly due to the fact that with Dale I have 4 drives in raid 5 and 2 in raid 0, which means that the Intel Celeron J4125 has to work harder than with Chip. I think these temperatures are quite on the high side, it is still spring with an indoor temperature of 20 degrees, but later in the hot summer the indoor temperature can easily rise to 27/28 degrees. The two systems stand freely and neatly on a shelf and have enough free air around them. Why QNAP chose this design is really a mystery to me. Can you give advice on this ... Thanks a lot in advance, I am a big fan of your website and Youtube channel ... Keep Up The Good Work !!!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 03 March 2021, 08:05
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Expansion of storage?

I have 4*2TB HDD drive in NAS. now the storage is full and i have planned to upgrade 2*10TB. Then how should i transfer exciting files to new 10TB hard drive. Disk-station model: DS418j
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 03 March 2021, 07:40
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DSM 7?

Hello NAS Compares, so I would basically like to know if there were any upgrades to the "Office" suite of Synology Drive. WOuld it be possible to make a YT video about Drive and Office in DSM 7? Anyways, really like your channel! Cheers!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 02 March 2021, 23:00
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QNAP Overnight Backups Impossible? ?

Hi there, after watching some fantastic NasCompares video content I bought a TVS H1288X (great system) I am facing an issue with backups. I want to slowly shift my data into Google Drive between 5pm and 5am every day, this is when I can afford to saturate the internet connection with uploading. With my Synology, I can easily schedule operation times for my sync task - I can't see any such controls on the Qnap? I have about 40tb to get up initially, then about 800gb per month. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Many thanks,
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 02 March 2021, 11:15
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Synology DS220j vs DS220+?

Hi Folks. Currently I have a Synology DS220j for my Plex Media Server, however, recently, I noticed that its lagging while playing videos. I've concluded based on research that it's having trouble transcoding. Is this correct and if so, should I upgrade to the DS220+ or as a future proof solution, upgrade to the DS720+. What are your thoughts on this since video is going in the direction of 4K?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 01 March 2021, 23:35
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WD Red with WD Purple in same NAS?

I’m a complete novice but after watching your videos I’m keen to get a NAS for photo/data storage and surveillance. What I’m not sure on is the hard drives to get. My thoughts are to have 2 WD Red with Raid 1 set up for photo/data storage and then 1 WD purple dedicated for surveillance. Is it possible to have 2 different WD (Red and purple) in the same NAS or should it just be one or the other? Also in terms of surveillance storage, if I wanted to have constant recording at the highest quality for 2 cameras how much TB should I get for 30 days recording. Thanks for your videos and advice.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 01 March 2021, 22:05
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8 Bay DAS Enclosure?

Hi Rob, I'm a fan of your work. I think you're doing a great job. You just cut through all the marketing speakers and deliver the facts. You seem to be in tune with the NAS industry so I have a question for you. I'm currently looking for an 8 Bay USB enclosure with Hardware Raid and USB C (10gbs or more). It's gonna connect to a Windows PC. I have done some searching about on the web but so far the information I get is quite confusing. Please give me some advice.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 01 March 2021, 18:45
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Update NAS?

Hi I have, qnap 469l 4x4tb hd with max ram (located in large cupboard, new one to go same location) Cable cat5e to devices 8 way 1g switcher AmpliFi mesh system Nus i7 intel pc attached to 65lg TV plex and kodi 2 x32 lg TV plex Wired Bose sound touches. Plex buffers a lot, kodi slow loading What to update NAS with existing drives, add 2 external cameras and 2 indoor. Main use media and general photography Buget for NAS £700
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 01 March 2021, 14:00
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Should I buy Synology DS118?

Hello, when I read your article Should You Buy The Synology DS920+ NAS In 2021? than I reallize that I want to ask you other Hamlet question: Should You Buy The Synology DS118 NAS In 2021? :) I'm waiting almost half year for the DS118 successor, but it does not look that it comes soon... Do you have any backgroud information related 1 slot NAS from Synology? thank you in advance
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 01 March 2021, 10:30
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10gbe NAS?

Hello! I am looking for a NAS that I can set up with my pc to allow greater storage and transfer speeds for editing. I use a mix of 5k RED files and 8k x 8k h264/prores files for various projects. I am not interested in multi user access, as this will only be me using the files. Currently, I keep live projects on a 1TB nvme and transfer to USB external drives for long term storage, as the size of the footage and projects increase, this is fast becoming a hassle, especially when the footage/project exceeds 1tb. I am looking for a budget conscious solution but am willing to spend the money where it is needed for transfer speeds. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing your suggestions! Kind regards, Tom
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 February 2021, 15:10
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Upgrading my NAS?

Any update to this? I have been using aSynology DS412+ for several years but am considering an upgrade to take advantage of higher ethernet speeds and SSD caching. Thanks. :)
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 February 2021, 14:20
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Looking for NAS?

Hi, I am looking for Home NAS. Looking to configure it in Master/Slave mode - where NAS is Master for all data (personal/photos/movies) and Google Drive is a slave - and publically facing as an additional backup for 3 main tasks: Photos - Google Photos, Drive for Big home movies (avg. 6-10GB each file) and personal files. Not planning to backup all of the files - only specific. I should be good to go with 2TB Google Drive and 6-8TB of NAS. What would you recommend?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 February 2021, 18:10
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RAM/Cache Upgrades for Photo Editing?

I'm planning to purchase a Synology DS1621+ to use as my primary storage drive for a large photo catalog. I plan to use 4 x WD Ultrastar drives in RAID 10. I'd like to edit directly off the NAS, so I will upgrade to 10GBe via PCIe. Hoe much (if at all) would my use case benefit from upgrading M.2 NVMe and/or RAM? Thank you.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 February 2021, 14:50
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MAC Windows Android iPhone?

Hi Rob, QNAP sound like the system for me. Looking for 2 x 2TB (mirror) just network drive SSD? For €500? Hmm. Just checked and 1x2TB is €250... Query /envisaged NAS use: MAC Time Machine backup (over SMB?) Windows pc backup - straight forward NAS for all photos and accessed by mac/pc/android/iphone 2 home users 10 family members around the world with some folder access Android and iphone to backup / transfer photos to NAS Android/iphone to access NAS over Internet As I have today, selected folders are synced to cloud so same data can be accessed from multi devices. VERY IMPORTANT For photos I want to physically backup onto M-Disk. NAS software that "knows" what are new photos and gets them ready for the next M-Disk backup (M-Disk is 100Gb) Appreciate your support. If there are affiliated links for QNAP and Seagate ironwolf RED would be grand. P.s. if near the same budget (I could add a few hundred) for 2× 2TB SSD. Worth it in terms of performance? My Apple Time Capsule 500Gb HDD is a little sluggish when accessing doc folders. 30 sec for drive to wake up, spool up, secure connection, read data, send folder structure etc. Maybe it is just old. Thanks again, Donovan
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 February 2021, 13:00
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QNAP psu upgrade from 250watt to 550?

I’m looking to install a GPU in the QNAP TVS-x72xt series. I would like to know if upgrading the psu from 250 watt to 550 watt (psu from the TVS-hx88x series) is a simple plug and play. Thank you Jon
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 February 2021, 12:00
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2-NAS project?

Further to my previous message I would like to purchase and install the following NAS configuration: NAS-1 UK, Back-up, File server, Media server for 3 Macs, 2 iPads, 4 iPhones, 1 Apple TV etc - Synology DS 1520+ ? NAS-2 GR, Off-site back-up, Media server for 2 Macs etc - Synology DS220+ ? Current total net storage requirement ~5TB, expected to increase to 7 TB within 2 years My questions: - Is the choice of DS correct? - how much RAM, NVMe and HDD capacity should I go for? - will syncing between the two NAS work even though my ISPs in UK and Greece will not provide me fixed IP addresses
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 February 2021, 10:45
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I would really appreciate some tips which NAS should I buy?

I am currently using a DS216+II (Intel Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz, 8192MB) remotely mainly for video streaming with dsvideo (w/ max 720p res) and photo and file categorizing (dsphoto/moments and dsfiles). Now I am looking for NAS (DS/Qnap) as a new device for my Home Use Case with max 1500-2500EUR Budget which is future proof from HW point of view (buying for the next 4-5 years) with built-in 10GbE port (or possibility extend (from 1 / 2,5 / 5 GbE) at least 6 Bays (or even 8) will be used by max 2-3 uers (constantly mainly 1) is a multimedia hub using for at least 1080p HD video streaming (or even 4K with HW transcoding) is used for data backup and synchronisation can be used by my wife for her photography business (post production: categorizing, archiving, sharing photos with clients) might be used for raw (arw) photo editing (using Adobe Lightroom / Photoshop) might be used to run her business website (using wordpress or similar base) might be used for virtual machine deployment Thank you very much for your help! Best Regards, Tamas
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 February 2021, 21:15
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