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Migration from Synology 8-bay NAS to 6-bay NAS with expansion enclosure?

Hi, Please can you help a noob. I have an 8-bay Synology DS1815+ (out of warranty) which has failed to power on after a reload. I tested and tried new PSU - no blue light - no motherboard. So I'm resigned to get a replacement Synology NAS (I'm using SHR). I've seen the excellent youtube vid comparing DS1621XS+ and DS3617XS. In my DS1815+ I have 8 drives: 4x6TB, 2x4TB and 2x18TB WD181KRYZ Gold new drives). The config uses SHR - with two volumes (6 disks and 2 disks). The questions I have: I) Will I be able to migrate to a DS1621XS+ by first installing just 6 drives (one volume) and then slowly reducing the number of disks to enable to add second volume ii) If not, will I be able to use a DS1621XS+ (6 bay) + expansion (DX517) to facilitate an initial migration to the new platform. I appreciate long term best not to have a volume split via eSATA. iii) or am I forced to use an 8 or more bay chassis for the initial migration. Really appreciate your help with this :-)
FR Freedo100 asked on 02 October 2020, 22:10
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Mount Drive?

I have a power schedule set up on my NAS to shut down between 20:00 and 06:00. Each morning when I login to the DSM, I cannot see my drive. I have to mount it each time. Is there a way I can set this up so I do not have to do this?
AV Avon1330 asked on 28 September 2020, 07:22
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M.2 SSD cache for Synology DS1520+?

I am planning to buy a Synology DS1520+ and use it as a multimedia server. Which M.2 NVME SSD would you recommend to get full advantage of SSD Cache functionality to optimize performance?
AL Alfons asked on 16 September 2020, 14:51
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Is 16GB Ram upgrade on DS918+ still OK after DSM 6.2.3 update?

Have read a few posts on the web saying that after DSM 6.2.3 update 16GB Ram upgrade on Synology DSx18+ doesn't work flawlessly (or at all) anymore. Could you confirm?
LR Lricc335 asked on 09 September 2020, 20:36
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Migrate Time machine Backup to Nas?

How do I Migrate My TimeMachine Backup from a locally attached drive to a Newly Acquired synology Nas.
RT Rtjazz asked on 04 September 2020, 23:37
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NAS Buying Beginner?

Hi, I am trying to buy a NAS. I'm beginner to this. After watching a few of your YouTube videos, I have a few questions. Usage: 1. 2 Desktop/Laptop + 4 Mobiles + TV [1080p-not planning to upgrade to 4k any time soon] 2. Mostly for Picture, videos backups + Movie Storage 3. Watching movies/Videos on above devices Questions: 1. Do I need transcoding? [My files are mostly in 720p or 1080p] 2. Is it better to have 2+5 Bay [DS720+ with DX517] or 4 Bay [DS920+] performance wise? I am planning to use 8TB HDDs with BTFS & SHR. 3. If I add DX517 later, do I have to increase the RAM of DS720+? Thanks in advance
LU Lucifer asked on 04 September 2020, 22:09
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Take a disk out of existing storage pool and create a new one?

I just added a second 8TB disk to the existing 4TB disk on a DS918+. Haven't saved anything or made any changes to the info. I realised because it's on SHR, I won't be able to use half of the new drive. I want to keep them separated by now, I tried to create a new storage pool but the create button is disabled. How can I take the new disk out of the existing storage pool?
DB Dbrplus asked on 03 September 2020, 00:03
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Using Mac Time machine with Offsite Synology?

Need to have back up option for daughter who is going to university for Mac laptop. Can do initial backup locally, but when at university back ups would be over the internet.
NI Nick asked on 02 September 2020, 21:26
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My past conundrum is that there is such a premium on NAS hardware, with no reasonable desktop (not rack mount) solutions with say 8 cores, 64GB of RAM and lots of SSD. I have long wanted to build my own, except configuring a good software solution (and maintaining it for years to come) is a lot of work, especially when security patches need to be installed on all of the individual components (like Plex, ownCloud, Calibre, Zoneminder, and so on). Most of the software is one click away from updates with Synology. Along comes QuTScloud. Now I can supposedly build a NAS (as described above), run Ubuntu as the OS with Virtualbox and install a supported and licensed version of QuTS. This would be the best of both worlds. Questions: 1. Any rumblings about Synology doing the same thing with DSM? 2. Any plans on doing a review of QuTScloud on generic hardware? I bought a license and am testing now, but I would like an experts viewpoint.
CO Coreyswilson asked on 27 August 2020, 19:17
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Which NAS for a church for video recording, editing, and file sharing?

I want to move our church from Windows Server 2012 to a NAS. We have less than 1 TB of private and shared office files being backed up to a 3 TB external HDD. We also have a Mac (not connected to the server) for recording our services and for video editing. There are 7 HDDs connected to it with 36 TB of video files. There is a 14 TB HDD connected to it to which I have backed up most of the Final Cut Pro 10 libraries as a stopgap measure. I also subscribed to Backblaze to back up this Mac online. Every Sunday we record our services and live stream them through the Mac. The recordings are saved to the external HDDs until they are edited and published. We need a connection that is fast for the recording and passing of the files to the live stream box, and then need all this data stored and backed up. We also need file sharing, and the ability to connect from any computer, tablet or phone, from anywhere. What Synology NAS do you recommend, how much storage, and RAID 5, 6, or SHR? Thanks.
GE Gene asked on 24 August 2020, 21:04
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Ds720+ ram upgrade?

Bought one 16GB CT16G4SFD8266 but unfortunately did not work for the DS720+ (blue light is flushing and is not booting up). Do you know what ram module is compatible with the 720+ and what is preferable size 8GB or 16GB. Thanks.
RO asked on 10 August 2020, 06:57
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PLEX on qnapTVS-672N-i3 or do I need it?

Hi First thx for a intressing website and Youtube channel. I have today since a couple of years a WD pr2100 wich has served me well. I use it mostly for Plex and some minor backups. I also have some friends who uses my Plex server. I think of upgrading to get more bays and a more powerful NAS. I have consider synology 918+ or 920+ or maybe a terramaster. But recently I also have been looking at the qnap 672N-i3. Regarding on more Plex users is the qnap a better choice? Mainly the material is 1080 p. Is it more futureproof regarding some 4K with the qnqp ? Is there another better NAS option ? I have ofcourse Plexpass with transcoding today on my wd pr2100. I dont mind spending some money on a new NAS.
JO Jorgerik asked on 04 August 2020, 15:01
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Shared folder?

I've followed several of your video tutorials and set up my DS220+. Can you help please? I have created a shared folder on the NAS and mapped it to Z : on my PC and I want to use this folder to be my main working folder for photo editing with photoshop and luminar. I also want to be able to show those photos on my TV on the same network but the TV will only see the 3 Media Server created folders "photo", "video" and "music". I don't want to have to copy the photos from the shared folder to the media folder. Am I missing something? Thanks for a great series.
JO Joistguy asked on 26 July 2020, 21:22
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CPU Allocation when VM stopped?

Hi, I have a DS918+ with 16GB of ram. I have a couple of docker containers for Pihole and Plexpy and I also have a VDSM using 1gb of memory and 1 CPU Core. I have just installed windows 10 (using your excellent YouTube video!) and allocated it 1 CPU core and 2gb of memory, along with 100gb of storage. If I have all this running and want to watch a 4K film on Plex, am I pushing the envelope a bit? If so, would stopping the Windows 10 VM give me back the CPU and/or memory I allocated it?
MA Marc12*10 asked on 14 July 2020, 01:00
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Synology Ds918+ and iPhone sync trouble?

Hi there. First I must say I just love ur videos on YouTube! Very informative, straight forward and No hassle. Have a question for you, a problem I can't sort out. Have been searching all over the web and YouTube but can't seem to find a solution for this. Please also consider making a video on this topic. I resently bought a Synology Ds918+. I have a Samsung S9 and my wife an iPhone 8. I have downloaded the Moments app on both phones. On my android the backup/syncing of photos and videos happens smoothly in the background, but on the iPhone you actually have to have the app open for the phone to sync. If you exit the app to do something else it stops syncing. Is there a way to fix this? This actually ruins the use of the app because u litterally have to go in to the Moments app everytime u take a new photo. I hope u take the time to help me out.
TU Tubear asked on 10 July 2020, 07:03
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Is it possible to create a Windows Desktop Shortcut to a VM?

I ported an existing WMware Windows VM into Synology VM Mgr per your very helpful video (thank you!). Now wondering if there's a way to make a Windows Desktop shortcut to the VM, though with the need to Power it on, then Connect, I cannot imagine how this would be possible. Figured I'd check with you.
ZI Zippypinhead asked on 07 July 2020, 17:48
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Synology DS1819+ or Synology RS1219+?

Hello. I am putting together a NAS solution and I would really appreciate some input. This is a home NAS and would mainly be used for storage and potentially for Plex as well. That said my biggest concern is data transfer speeds. As such, I would like to put together a 10Gbe solution. I am looking at either the Synology DS1819+ or potentially the Synology RS1219+ (as that could be added to an existing rack I have) with the E10-M20-T1 to boost speed. Would you suggest the DS1819+ or the RS1219+? What are the benefits of going with one versus the other?
AB Abernauer asked on 26 June 2020, 16:57
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Synology vs. QNAP disk size upgrade?

On Synology vs. QNAP videos it was stated that you can use different size disks with Synology but not with QNAP, is this still true? How do you upgrade your QNAP RAID to larger disks? If you can't use various sizes do you have to rebuild from scratch?
GC Gcstang asked on 23 June 2020, 15:47
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Synology Moments won't play videos?

This video ( shows that Synology Moments is supposed to play videos right in the app. But on both my Pixel 3 and my wife's S10e, when tapping on a video to play, we get prompted with a "select which app to play this video in". We're both connected to the same server, so I'm wondering if there's a server-side setting that I need to change. I can't imagine that Synology would remove that functionality if at one point it did play videos, as shown in the video linked above. Thanks for the help.
AK Akilou asked on 23 June 2020, 13:38
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Absolutely new to Nas. Advice on what suits me, any help appreciated, cheers.? Synology ds218+ or qnap 251d?

Hi, Looking at the synology ds218+ vs Qnap 251d. Purpose is to use as a simple back up and simple server. 2 adults and 1 kid in the house hold. I will be using for accessing data from my workplace too...just word and pdf. Will also be using for surveillance at home. Sorry for the broad question, loving the forum and the YouTube video. Appreciated. Cheers folks.
GO Gordonorr asked on 22 June 2020, 21:40
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