General Questions about NAS

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Pro Photographer, looking for a good backup solution?

HI guys, Love the YouTube channel. I wonder if you can help me, I'm Currently backing my MacBook laptop up, via Time Machine, to a basic extrnal drive, 8TB, and then saving projects to another basic External Drive, just Seagate or similar 8TB when I'm ready to move the files fully off my laptop. I also backup final edits in HD jpeg to Amazon Drive and Dropbox. I'm looking for a better solution, I've thought of keeping a basic Time Machine drive going, but also getting a Synology DiskStation DS720+ or DS220+ ,saving all my final Projects to those Drives, in a Mirrored Raid, probably using 4TB Barracuda drives, (8TB when available) And then just swapping those drives out when they are full, and storing them away, labeled, and in a database, so if i need access to any old projects, I know which drives to slot in. I'd keep the cloud storage going also. Just wondered if that was a good solution, or if something cheaper like a Terramaster would work as well. Thanks a lot for your help, Have a great week, Chris.
CH Chrisd asked on 21 July 2021, 18:58
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Best Choice for a NAS?

The idea is to set up a NAS for a small business (a non-profit small animal shelter - 100 animals per year). The staff is non technical but can do basic administration of various applications. About 4 normal staff users although the Board might be able to use various applications. Of the Board members, most use an iPad, a few an iPhone, and the Treasurer and myself are PC users - as are the staff members at work although they use iPhones and Androids when they aren't at work. As it is, there are two kind of users - those who handle the administrative work (primarily handling donations and mailings) and the shelter operation (keeping track of the animals coming in and out along with their vet records etc.). There are a lot of photos involved in the later case - we link to the Petfinder application and share a lot on social media like Facebook. People love pictures (videos) of dogs and cats. There are thousands of pictures to be organized. We also want to have a surveillance system. We had applied for grant for an elaborate one but with COVID funds dried up. We still have a need, probably in the area of 8-10 cameras although they won't all be active a lot of the time. Our original proposal (from a local vendor) ran about $10,000. Looking at it today there's little logic for it as it includes an NVR and 13 cameras of the $300 variety along with all the wiring. There's some logic to it however in that we don't have any internet connections other than through the router (fiber - 600 mbs) and there's a lot of metal in the form of cages for the dog area for example. We are probably going to need range extenders if we don't do wired connections. And we'll probably need an additional (mesh?) router setup to get decent signal through out the building and outside. Not particularly a NAS issue but an issue. So we are looking at a file server and a surveillance system at a minimum. Another issue we have is that various Board members have a lot of files on their own PC's, iPads, etc. We should have a central repository so that we don't lose track of what's happened. Last year we had an audit and it was a major effort to piece together from the emails of different Board members (over 5 years, thankfully most had some of them) what had been done. If we had a NAS we could offload a of what now resides in various clouds to a central source controlled locally. At this point I'm assuming we can somehow use low priced wireless IP cameras (seems you like Reolink and they're in a wide variety of models at reasonable prices) that would be wired internally and batter operated outside. Synology looks a bit better in a way given that QNAP decided to go for a subscription model. I thought the 8 camera perpetual license made sense but I can understand their desire to move to subscription (for the MP4 format if no other). Now Synology looks more competitive. Given that it looks like Synology might be easier to administer for non-technical people. I'm the technician on the Board but I'll be off soon and our personal situation is such that we might not be here three years from now. I do like to fool with technology although it's been a while at this level. I ordered a QNAP TS-230 and have been working with it for the past week or so. A very nice device for the price. I've got two WD Red 2TB drives. Not a space issue. That said I can see this might be a challenge for the Shelter staff to keep track of. So I ordered a DS220+ to see what I can make of it. It should arrive in a few days. In the interim I'm checking out an outdoor Reolink camera (I have an E1 PRO working in the house). I know I've got network issues to deal with for range extension but fundamentally that has little do with the NAS. I will say to this point that none of this is a cost to the Shelter. If and when we do this, it will all be the non-profits cost and we're working on a fund raiser to that effect. I'm pretty sure we'll need a 4 bay given that one drive will be devoted to surveillance. OK - two questions. First, in you Synology install you said that Synology might not install over formatted disks. I plan to use the ones I set up for the QDAP. So how does one uninitialize a formatted hard disk. Is it the old wave it over a magnet thing? Second, and more importantly, from what I described is it more likely a QDAP (which seems to be more technically oriented) or Synology (which looks more user friendly) a likely if more initially expensive choice? I do want to thank you by the way for all the videos on Youtube. They have been very useful so far. Thanks, John
WI Willernest asked on 18 July 2021, 23:53
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Using Old NAS HDD for USB Backup?

BI Bianchirider asked on 24 June 2021, 17:04
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New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space?

Hi! I just upgraded our home theater systems (2 4K 7.1 systems, theater and by the pool). I hate having discs laying around and have ripped all my DVDs/BluRays to a hard drive and play through there. I currently have a Mac mini as a Plex media server connected to 4 18Tb Western Digital Drives. These connect to two different audio/video receivers and stream via two separate Apple TVs. (This is the setup that the local A/V company I used recommended, but they were not super helpful at coming up with a NAS system). I now have a rack that has 2U space still available and would love to use a dedicated server so I can access things away from home as well as stream to multiple locations in the house at the same time. I have never used a true NAS and would love some recommendations. I'm looking mainly for something with a good processing speed that can handle multiple streams concurrently, large storage space (100TB or higher), hot swappable drives would be ideal. I would also love to be able to access PDFs, Word documents, and powerpoint, and all other documents/photos from off-site. I don't know how to make that happen. Cost is not the biggest factor when deciding on a set-up, more about if it will work appropriately. The computer systems we use are Mac based, and we are iPhone users, in case that makes a difference. Thanks in advance for any help that can be given. I have been looking for weeks now and just keep getting more and more confused. I also would need some guidance in setting things up to work on our home network, as servers are still exceptionally foreign to me. I've attached a pic of the rack. Not sure if that's needed or not. (With me pointing to the 4 WD hard drive bays that are connected to the Mac mini).
New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space? New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space?
DR Drchrisdvm2009 asked on 21 June 2021, 04:07
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Asustor AS6604t Plex playback via HDMI to LG OLED TV?

Have Plex currently installed on the NAs without issue and can play via streaming through my LG TV. I have connected the NAs directly to the HDMI port on the TV but cannot figure out what I am missing to get direct playback though HMDI not the network. Do I need to install asustor portal? When connected there is no image displayed on the TV. Sorry for the noob question but I am rather new to the NAS world.
RE Rencruz asked on 28 May 2021, 04:26
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Synology Desktop NAS for Plex 4k movie streaming?

I have a Synology DS414+ and the CPU is showing its age. I currently have 5 cameras running with Surveillance Station and use my Synology for backups and it also houses my video library. I am looking to upgrade to a new NAS and was originally looking at the DS920+, then started looking at some of the 2021 models. I saw the NASCompares review on the new DS1621 with AMD processor. I'm glad that I saw it before pulling the trigger, as it was mentioned that the AMD processor wouldn't be able to do the decoding for Plex, which I would like my NAS to be able to handle, although realistically I will probably end up using Apple TV or a Nvidia Shield instead. The DS1621xs is price prohibitive but has a Xeon processor, which would be great vs the Celeron in every other new model. I will need the new NAS to continue running the same number of cameras through Surveillance Station. I also want to seamlessly stream 4k video through Plex, but it's seeming less realistic the more I look into this. I do not want a rack mount unit and would like to stick with Synology. I wouldn't mind having the flexibility of running a VM or 2 also.
ZM Zmaninny asked on 14 April 2021, 00:21
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Help choosing?

I would appreciate insight in to the best NAS with HDMI for my money.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 29 March 2021, 01:35
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NAS for videographer?

Dear Nas Compares, I'm a self-employed videographer. I now have a large collection of external drives with different projects on. I no longer have a desktop machine (I use a macbook pro for video editing). I'd like to get a reliable system to host all my video projects for archiving. I wouldn't necessarily work off of this as I have some USB-c SSD drives which are pretty quick and portable for working on the go. I just need somewhere to host things safely (I can't afford to lose anything). Another bonus would be if I could host things like dropbox and myitunes library on the device and access these things remotely on my macbook. I was thinking about a synology 8 bay, with some pro drives loaded in to give me around 20tb, as I understand it you can add an expansion unit to give you more space in the future. Am I on the right track? I'd like to order this week so if you are able to respond soon that would be great. Many thinks, Owen
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 March 2021, 12:20
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Some basic NAS advice?

Hi, I have a few beginner's questions about using a NAS. I'm looking at Synology DS420J 4-bay NAS to use 8TB drives in. The first two drives would be full of 'unique' data and the other two would be redundancy for each of the first two. First of all – is this feasible given that I'm starting with one drive and one redundancy drive? Can I add another two later and still use it how I'm planning? Secondly – what RAID/SHR do you recommend for this plan, if it's possible? Lastly – if this is not possible to do, what do you recommend A 2-bay NAS with offline redundancy (desktop USB hard drive)? Thanks, Chris
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 22:15
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Buying advice?

First I love your content. it's kept my super entertained for the past 4 days. I looked on your site for a store so i could support the channel but unfortunately no merch. If you send me a referral link i'll use it or purchase from whatever retailer you have a relationship with. about me: always been a bit of a techy. took an intensive course and just my A+ , not because I wanted a job but because i liked it. What i want: I essentially want a server but i don't know if i should or even want to build one. 85 percent of my media is consumed via Plex. multiple Tv's I want to host web sites I want to self host email I want to self host a CRM i want to set up 4k surveillance cameras ( 3 here at my house with option to add more from rental properties.) I'm a photographer i also occasionally edit video self hosted drop box type service Under $1000 but will spend up to $2000 4bays (6 if the price is right with option to get expansion unit) no drives included i will eventually want to go to 10gig networking but not needed absolutely needed at time of purchase will probably never hook up a monitor or tv directly to it As far as operating systems, my personal preference is MAC for the slickness, ease of use and just works BUT i feel like im fighting with my macbook to do certain techy things vs my PC where its whatever you want. i'm attracted to synology because of the apple like software integration But if there is a third party app that does a better job and is better looking I will go with that. ( I prefer apps to scripts) I'm even open to another operating system like Linux. I want something that once setup i don't have to think to much about it again. I'd max out the ram myself would like the option of changing out the processor after the warranty runs out to give it some new life. I would even take an older model unit that I can upgrade myself & bring it current.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 17:30
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Resetting Nas ds 220+?

I have set up My Synology ds220+ But put it as Raid 0 I wpuld like to change this SHR. I know I have to reset the nas after I've backed up my files from my nas. How do I do a complete reset of the Nas? Your help will be appreciated
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 10:45
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Hi. on qnap page is says TL-D1600S and TL-D400S but not the TL-D800s why ? QNAP QXP-1600e is - PCIe 3.0 x8 Interface QXP-400eS - PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gbps) and the QXP-800eS - PCIe interface - PCIe Gen3 x4 (32Gbps) and the NAS TS-251D has - Fack 1: PCIe Gen 2 x4
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 05:50
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Wd as a plex server?

Hi i watched a few of your videos on YouTube and it seems like you never recommend Western Digital im thinking of buying the WD my cloud home 4Tb, maybe the Duo version of that for having it as my plex server and from what i can tell it can handle up to 1080p transcoding (hardware+software) and thats more then enough for me (im not interested in 4k streaming) so do you think its a good buy or not ? aka is it good as a plex server ? and if you ever answer this msg i wanna ask you another technical question if i may .... i have a mesh network (tp deco m4, four of them) connect to a 5g router Q1: if i connect my plex server to the 5G router does it give a direct connection to my tv that is connect it to the mesh network ? Q2: if i connect my plex server to the mesh main router, will i get the same experience for remote play as if i was connecting it the 5G router ? thanks Adel
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 22:25
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Question about Recicle?

I have a question, I would like to verify if this Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS918+ is able to move files to the recycle bin if yes is it with a script? This task has to move files older then 3 weeks and go to the recycle and then I have a task to erase the documents that are on recycle. Regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 21:20
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QNAP 253D?

Hi Robbie I was referred to you by a guy from QNAP yesterday. I want to buy a NAS but don't have a huge budget. I asked him about the expansion capabilities of the QNAP x53D series and he suggested that I talk to you as the more informed NAS expert. I am a new YouTuber and want to eventually edit on FCP from a NAS, but can't afford a Thunderbolt machine. The guy from QNAP was unsure if it's possible to update the X53D series to 10GB. I'd really appreciate your help. If you are available on the phone, I could talk on the phone, if that's easier for you. My number is 07525161198. Many thanks in advance. Victor
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 14:25
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RAM upgrade?

Thanks for the RAM upgrade article. EXCELLENT! I have a DS720+ Just bought Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) DR X8 SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT16G4SFD8266 as recommended. I should have it in a week. Then I watched your video and saw you pairing 2 x8GB modules. Is it ok for me to install this 16GB module and keep the original 2GB ram in the unit or do I have to replace the 2GB with 16GB or will it not work and I need 2x16GB or 2x8GB modules to make it work. Thanks
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 01:50
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Back up emails (gmail)?

Hi dear NAS experts, I’ve got my new DS220+ a couple of days ago. As a total newbie to the world of backups and Synology I’m getting a bit overwhelmed when I see the many apps offered to the user in the Synology download center. I wanted to back up mostly all my gmail emails. My first attempt: Active Backup for G Suite. I haven’t make it further than the first screen on the assistant. There I’m asked about a “domain for backup”. What is this or where do I find this in my Synology control panel/setup? Later on after searching on more information about this topic I noticed there is another Synology app called Cloud Sync. So what is the difference with Active Backup? I think a sync is more convenient to me as once I get to download my emails to the NAS I will surely purge a lot of junk and I’d like to mirror this changes back to gmail. Have you perhaps already written any article on the topic “CloudSync vs. Active Backup”? (My next cloud based backup after gmail will be Office 365) Thanks in advance for your help!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 23:10
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QNAP 5gb adapter ?

Question. What is the address of the page on git hub where I can download the file to utilize the adapter with my Sinology ds 918+?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:55
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Virtualization NAS?

Hi I've been looking to build a virtualization server for home use to better my studies with - docker - kubernetes - vmware - linux - windows server - plex usage on the side the current build I've been considering is the following (prices based on ebay as of 03/25/2021) 2650L v3 x2 ($85 per cpu or $170) supermicro X10DRW-i ($175) or supermicro X10DAL-i ($175) or any suggested motherboard for dual cpu RAM Samsung 8gb M393A1G40DB0-CPB PC4-2133P DDR4 ECC ($100 per 4 sticks of ram, would buy 2 sets so $200) PSU evga supernova 550w (91) or any suggested PSU, this part im not to knowledgeable on GPU optional, If I ever upgrade my main pc for work then I will take the 1080 from there and potentially put it in this pc. Otherwise a 1060 assuming one of my friends has / is willing to part with theirs. HDD seagate surveillance hdd 4TB 7200rpm (free) Case any suggested. Thanks, Gregory Maxwell Meyers
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:40
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Nas as a server?

Hello, I would like to know if i can host a server on a Nas, which would be a wordpress theme, e commerce gallery. Which one would be the best option for a low budget but which can hold users for e commerce.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:35
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