General Questions about NAS

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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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Synology DS920+ RAM Upgrade Issue?

After watching and reading numerous posts here, I purchased a DS920+ for my Plex server. I had gotten about 5 docker containers setup for VPN's, Sonarr, etc. as well as the native app installation for Plex. Since the memory usage was getting fairly high without a high load on the system just yet, I bought a 16GB RAM module that was recommended in one of the channel's articles. After installing the RAM module, my DS920+ no longer boots up properly and the power button just flashes. If the RAM module is removed, things go back to normal. Am I just not able to use a 16GB RAM module? RAM Module title and specs from Amazon: Timetec Hynix IC 16GB DDR4 2666MHz PC4-21300 Unbuffered Non-ECC 1.2V CL19 2Rx8 Dual Rank 260 Pin SODIMM
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 February 2021, 17:20
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Ebsite Permissions?

Hello again. As you were so helpful last time in setting up acces to a Virtual Machine I thohght I'd see if you;d be able to help me again. This time I have set up webstation and am able to create a website and view it. But I have installed piwigo into a irectpory but whenn I try to run the installation script via a url I get told that I don;t have write permission to some of the directories. ODo you have any idea what have to configure to configure to ensuer that the php script being run has write permission to some of the subdirectires. Thanks Chris
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 February 2021, 15:10
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HDD type?

Dear NAS compares Thank you for your super relevant information about the differences of SMR and CMR I have additional question How do I find out which HDD contains Helium instead of Oxygen. Particularly the 12 TB from WD. WD120EFAX I am trying to find the best 12TB option for a QNAP HS-453DX NAS server. looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 February 2021, 16:05
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I currently have a Mac Pro 5,1 that's stuck on an older version of MacOS so I'm thinking about my digital future. My current setup has 8TB of internal storage with just about 4Tb being used. It's an 8 core 2.0 GHz with 42GB of ram. I have two LaCie external 8TB drives that I use for Time Machine backups (I swap them every month and leave one offsite). In thinking about retiring the desktop I have been researching NAS for a few months now and I think I've settled on a DS420+ with three (3) 4TB IronWolf HDDs, probably running SHR. I intend to use the 8TB drives as backups for the Synology, swapping them out monthly. I have a MacBook Pro that I will transition to as my primary computer. I store lots of photos and I have a very inefficient method of transferring them from my camera or iPhone to my Mac Pro currently. The majority of my storage is photos that I look through on occasion. In the future I hope to do more photo editing and sorting. Since the Mac Pro is older it doesn't import photos through Image Capture as HEIC but as jpg. So I load pictures from my phone to my MacBook Pro to a Dropbox folder that syncs to the Mac Pro and then copy them from there to the folder where I want them stored. I also share my Mac Pro folders so I access files, copy, and move them on the Mac Pro through the MacBook. So, I have questions/concerns: 1. Why not just continue to use the Mac Pro as a file repository? Although inefficient, it does work... 2. My iTunes library is LARGE so I can't put it on my MacBook. Is there an elegant solution for having files local to the MacBook when I'm not online and able to access the Synology? Maybe there isn't and I just use my phone or iPad for those times. 3. Is it possible to upload single photos from the iPhone to Synology. 4. From watching your videos I don't think SSD cache is of much benefit to me. I don't access the same files over and over. Is adding/maximizing memory a better bang for my buck? 5. How many years before I should plan to upgrade a NAS? 6. Any opinion on just getting a newer Mac and duplicating the system I have now? 7. Are there any things you think I should know before I jump in. I am reluctant. This is new to me and I feel some anxiety about it. 8. Do you think there's another storage solution I should consider?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 February 2021, 07:05
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Home NAS ?

I'm a total NAS newbie. I am in the middle of scanning precious family photos that I cannot afford to ever lose, tax information, and maybe at some point movies. I liked Drobo but it looks like they're no longer investing in that product. Synology is super expensive so I am looking for something not too cheap but also reliable - I heard Drobo actually checks the health of the harddrives and automatically backs up data to another if it thinks failure is imminent. Also looking for something that works with Plex. Any helpful advice is appreciated.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 24 February 2021, 17:00
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I'm interested in the DS1621+. Curious is anyone has tried Kingston memory chips on this. I would like to use the same that I did on the DS920+ which worked great. What is the maximum memory that has been tested on this box. Any advice would be nice...and I can purchase it from you if you have a price. tks
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 24 February 2021, 03:35
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Need help pairing router for fastest lan and wan wireless access?

I have recently purchased a TS-453Be with 12Tb of storage, 16Gb memory, and 10Gbe card. I'm trying to figure out which Asus router will be the best pairing for this NAS. Considering the rt-ax86u or rt-ax88u, but the lack of multi gig ports tells me it's not the best choice. What router features will let me maximize the speed of the qnap, on wireless networks? Assume all my connected devices are wifi 6 capable. Any help is appreciated. I called Asus 3x separate times hoping to get someone knowledgeable, but they were clearly just reading off spec sheets.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 24 February 2021, 03:30
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Synology DMS 7.0 SSD Cache BTRFS metadata pinning?

Hello! I just wanted to share a quick video idea; With DSM 7.0, SSD Cache BTRFS metadata pinning was added. I was wondering a few things: - What is the performance impact (compared to it being disabled - aka "regular old cache") - this might require testing of certain specific workloads* - How does this scale as you add more storage? (i.e. I'm planning to upgrade to a bigger NAS next year with more storage, should I buy NVME SSDs now at ~1Tb (recommanded cache size for my 4x12Tb SHR1 RAID) or should I wait or get a larger 2Tb drive? Maybe with your contacts at synology you might be able to figure out what is the ration between cache size and volume size for BTRFS metadata pinning I hope this is a good idea and can help, Stefano *I'm thinking about their support article:
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 24 February 2021, 00:50
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Rackmount Plex Server?

Hi, So I've hit a saturation point with my current set up. Currently a PC running 24/7 with an i7-6700K with 32gb RAM. It has on M.2 hard drive running OS and 3 x WD Red 10TB running software Raid 5. I have been looking at different options to upgrade but within depth constraints in my cupboard (50cm+/-) I'm about to install a adjustable rack in there which will allow me to rackmount my gear and have it neatly accessible. This is important to me as I work internationally and whilst I'm away my wife needs clear and easy access to the equipment if I need her to troubleshoot something. Firstly I thought, no worries, I can get a RAID controller and rackmount case and move everything in, but I haven't been able to find a rackmount case with a depth of around <45cm and fit all the equipment inside. So I've turned to looking for a rackmount NAS just to store my movies, tv shows, etc. and then move my current PC setup into a small rackmount and use that as the PLEX server connected both with 10GBE to my UDM-Pro. Now after watching your NAS compares youtube channel I'm thinking, well wait, maybe I can find a rackmount NAS that will do the whole thing. I've used one before my current set up for quite sometime until I started running into problems with transcoding, it worked perfect but was just too old to keep up with newer codecs that were coming out. I'm currently stuck on two options and need some help if possible! Option 1 - NAS for PLEX I've been looking at the Synology RS1221+ or the QNAP TS-873AU but am not too sure what they'd be like running PLEX. I'm twisting more towards the QNAP (because I've owned QNAP before and enjoyed the experience and know expandability is better than the Synology). Then I'd still run my PC but more for downloading duties and would be able to turn off if not required. Option 2 - NAS purely for storage Do I look at something like a lower end rackmount with 10GBE, like a QNAP TS-832PXU purely for storage and upgrade the video card in my current PC setup and continue running PLEX from that. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm currently in hotel quarantine in Australia and have way too much time on my hands and it's taking up most of my thought process at the moment haha. Thanks again
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 24 February 2021, 00:05
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Synology DS 1520+?

I am looking for two identical NAS boxes which I will run in my two houses as copies of each other.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 23 February 2021, 23:15
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