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I'm retired and in purely domestic environment. I have a couple of computers - iMac & MacBook Pro - plus a phone and a tablet. I had a couple of external USB drives off the back of the iMac to hold a) my Lightroom images files - about 700Gb - and b) Time Machine backups from the iMac, including the LR images from the first drive. Wanting to make the LR images visible across my home network (which is part Cat5 ethernet, part WiFi) I started looking for a NAS. Given my budget I settled on a DS220j. I know it's not as capable as a DS220+ but given my budget & use case, it seemed more appropriate.
And indeed, mostly it is. It's installed, with two 4TB drives configured as a mirrored pair (SHA?). The LR images are stored in one shared folder, which is itself being backed up to one of the old USB drives using Hyper Backup; and Time Machine is now backing up the iMac, minus the LR images, to a second shared folder. So I'm pretty happy.
But there were some unexpected things. I had planned on installing 2 Volumes within the storage pool and separating the two data stores in that way (a shared folder in each volume). However, the software did not give me the choice of creating multiple volumes during setup - at the end of the setup I was presented with the single Storage Pool and a single EXT4 Volume occupying the whole storage pool. I also quickly learned that a volume cannot be reduced in size! - only increased. So I trashed the first setup and went through it again, with the same result. In many ways this doesn't really matter except for one thing: the Time Machine 'quota' system requires that the file system be btrfs, it seems, not EXT4. Therefore I can't automatically limit the eventual size of the Time Machine backup file, I will have to keep it under observation and eventually trash it (or move it to a safe place temporarily) and then start again with a fresh Time Machine backup. Not a biggie, however.
I think I'm just curious as to why I wasn't presented with the options to create more than one Volume. Is it a limitation of a two-disk setup? Or could it be specific to the DS220j, which is after all aimed squarely at NAS-beginners? I can see that making things easy by removing setup complexities could be justified in that situation.
Finally, I'll add that so far I haven't found the limited resources of the 220j to be a problem. I'm pretty much the only user, so that's not an issue. I was watching the CPU and memory meters while a) copying the LR image files onto the NAS; b) while Hyper Backup was running and creating the backup on the external USB drive; and c) while Time Machine on the iMac was creating the initial backup file on the NAS, and in all cases the CPU stayed at around 25%/30%, while the memory meter never went above 60%. So in my situation, the available resources seem to be good enough.
I have 2 different 4K TVs (2018 Samsung QN65Q6FN and ~2015 LG 55UF6450 using Ultra Deep Color on HDMI1) , and no luck getting 4K 60hz with my TS-453D. With a laptop I have no such issues, using the same cables, with soundbar or without. With the Samsung I do get 1920x1080@120hz though which surprised me.
The TS-253D has a PCIe 2x4 slot, while the TS-453D has a 2x2.
The TR-002 expansion unit has a SATA3 6Gbps controller, whereas the TR-004 only a has a SATA 2 3Gbps controller, or is that not correct? TR-002 has USB 3.2 Gen2 , TR-004 has USB 3.2 Gen1.
I bought the TS-453D knowing the difference on the PCIe slot ahead of time, now reading the fine print on the expansion units. I haven't decided what to use my PCIe slot for.
To me buying into old SATA 2 technology, PCie 2x2 USB 3.x Gen 1, DDR3, etc is undesirable. Is SATA2 ok? USB 3.2 Gen1 ok? Where is the performance bottleneck I should concern myself with?
Why have a lesser spec on the 4 bay unit? to save a few bucks. I think it only leads to frustrated users that have researched the 2 bay unit but decided to up their budget. Call the 4 bay model something different but make the specs the same if using TS-x53D and TR-00x.
Are there any suggestions on what to get for photo backup with google photos and gmail merging space my wife wants not to pay for google backup. Can I use a NAS to automatically back up the full resolution photos from a few phones?
I would like a simple set up that works and doesn't cost money after I buy the equipment.
I am starting a year-long filming project and am looking for about 40Tb of useable storage. I have 2 lightning ports on my Windows 10 editing computer and a 1GbE port. I will be filming in and exporting in DCI 4k video that is being filmed mostly at 160Mbps but will have some video that is 410Mbps. I have very limited knowledge when it comes to computers and especially NAS systems, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am looking to upgrade the memory of my QNAP TS-251D-2G NAS server to get going on virtualization. On Kingston's "Find compatible RAM" page, KVR26S19S6/4 comes up as an compatible upgrade. I would buy 2 modules of that kind, just 8 GB each for a total of 16 GB. However, I was wondering if I instead could use the paired HyperX set HX426S15IB2K2/16. Looking through specs, they should be identical except the HyperX modules have a lower CAS latency (which is normally considered better). At the local retailer, the HyperX set is nearly the same price as two valueRAM modules, and I am not able to find a paired set of ValueRAM. I expect it is better to use paired modules, but I have no evidence for this. Normally I wouldn't hesitate going with the HyperX modules instead, but online forums almost exclusively mention crucial memory upgrades. That is why I am a bit hesitant, and would like expert and/or user advice on whether the HyperX modules would be expected to work, or there could be some subtle differences I am not aware of, that could potentially disqualify the modules. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
HI, I would like a recommendation based on my use case.
I have files, photos, videos.
I want to centralize my info and want to have a reliable nas.
I have read and watched the videos, but still, anytime I go to try the QNAP live platform - is slower than synology. probably less responsive and with a bunch of glitches.
So, just wondering what is your recommendation ? get synology ?
I want a flexible NAS, but also a stable one.
been looking at 253+ 453+ and 420+ / 720+ 920+ from synology.
I don't want to have stability issues, or glitches with programs. I use Alexa, Mac's and love the flexibility to have everything around me ( meaning files )
Also, use FIRETV, roku,
I hope to transfer my home videos to the NAS using PLEX as a server.
Also use Apple TV,
thanks for your recomendation
Current router has 2.5 port ( ax86u) Asus. which I am thinking for using for my NAS.
Dilemma = most synology have 1gig port, some If I use this router I will need to use port aggression for the Asus.
SO, I am not sure either what's best having a router with 2.5 port or having 8 ports of 1gig and using the port aggregation / or adding a 2.5 switch to my NAS.
Having the router with a 2.5 lan gives me the advantage of connecting the internet (xfinity and getting > 1200bps) but, I will be limited on the other lan ports for 1gig
Thanks for your recomnedaiton
** intend to use 2 x 8 TB drives and later expand
Planning to buy a NAS for home. Already added 12TB ironwolf NAS to cart. But yet to buy the NAS where my mind keeps shuffling between Synology D220+ and Asustor as6602t and as6202t. Looking for some deals too.
I generally use the NAS for storing media files, 4k files, photos and use it as media server too.
I need your advice on what type of NAS i should go with.
we have a small media bussines , our budget it $1800 and we have a 1gbe computer and we want a Nas which is good and give us more speed in video editing and fast transfer like 10gbe , so which Nas is good for this and what we need to do and we will connect to two PC or 3 with very high speed for editing,
$1800 for Nas , disk , pcie , all thing
I am looking forward for your answer
Hello! Thank you for all your NAS analysis!
I am a Mac using freelance designer planing to get into video editing. I currently have 8 or so external drives from 1-5TB each, most of which are plugged into a hub plugged directly into a laptop. They are getting full and I am having to spread projects over more than one drive. I have also introduced a 2nd laptop into my workflow.
I have been watching several of your videos and I think I have narrowed down my choice to the Synology DS1621+ but upgraded to the nines with RAM, Lan ports, and drives. I am keen to take advantage of supporting my video editing with a 10gbe port, but I am also a fan of the SHR for growth.
RAM: I was planning to buy Synology RAM upgrades to not void the warranty. To confirm I will be getting: 2 D4ECSO-2666-16G
Lan Ports: I was looking at the lan port options on Synology and wondered if I should get the 2 port card since I have two laptops. Also, if I’m buying 10gbe now, should I just go on and get the 25gbe now or is that overbuying?
Drives: For drives, I don’t think they need to be Synology, except maybe the 2 NVMe SSDs. I am tempted to just go with sinology for all add ons because it’s simpler, but I am curious are there better drives to use?
I´ve been watching so many of your informative videos on Youtube. Thank you so much for making them! They were the reason why I decided to go for a NAS instead og a normal ssd drive. But, now Im having trouble video editing 4K material in Davinci Resolve. I have two Seagate 7 TB disk configured in SHR. And they are not nearly full. I use a cat6 cable and a Sonnet Eternet - thunderbolt swith. The iMac is from 2020, with a 10GBE port. Still my reading/writing speed is only 112 MB/s. Is this the best I can hope for? In that case I really regret the whole purchase. Please tell me if there is any chance I can get better speeds than this.
My iMac network settings are: IPv4: with DHCP. Configure: manually. Speed: 10Gbase-T. Duplex: full duplex. MTU: Jumbo (9000).
If you have any idea how to improve this I would really appreciate it!
Im new to this.... thus far I am interested in these two units. In your estimation (if you were a dummy like me) which should I consider : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZTSH9CQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3KNQ2P1WTTKPU&psc=1
also which company from your knowledge is the most expredient in support and response.
Thank you very much. be and stay safe
Love your content, been reading for years! I have a DS 413 that I'd love to replace with something more robust from Synology. I have a home-made Ikea LackRack setup in my home office and I'd love to slot in a 1221+ or RS version, but I have one question. How bad is the noise? I understand these are made for more business/datacenter environments but I'm not in that situation currently. I'm reading disconcerting things about how loud these RS1221's are and I'm concerned. Is it possible to quiet the fans down or swap the fans for Noctua's to quiet these down? Please let me know, I'd love to purchase one of these.
I am writing to you because I have some problems with my NAS hdd drives and NAS server.
I bought QNAP TS-453D with 8GB RAM memory and two WD RED hdd WD40EFRX for home environment. Unfortunately I have two problems with this setup.
First, NAS server fan is very loud. It's not about fan speed (it's about 800 RPM, so it's minimum speed), but about fan noise. It's generating chirping noises probably from bearing. I don't know if it is technical issue and fan is damaged or it is just its characteristic (like a very cheap fan).
Second problem is associated with hard drives. When in the idle, drives are very quiet but in write/read state they are horribly loud. They're making knocking, clicking sounds with fast, continous and regular frequency through all the time of the writing/reading action.
This sound appears even when I open QTS system.
NAS server is located in my living room (in ventilated cabinet) and its noise is audible in whole flat.
I tried to isolate server housing by adding rubber footers and even install hard disk without plastic drive mount, but with no effects.
All of this issues you can see on clips below:
Hard drives issues:
Please remember sounds were recorded with smartphone so in real life they are much louder.
I will be very grateful for some help.