Nas: DS1522+ https://amzn.to/3DX5B2W
Anyone who works with massive amounts of video or photo files knows how easy it is to burn through all the available storage space on your computer. That’s where a NAS shines. NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. It’s a storage device connected to your home network that you can use as a global storage device for everything connected to the network. Of course, you can also limit and control what devices have access.
In my case, I’ve been using a NAS as my main storage device for all my video files. With proxies, I can even edit video files right from the NAS without the need for a faster 10GbE network adapter.
Unfortunately, I returned from a recent camping trip to find the motherboard not working in my DS1515+. My solution was to migrate the drives to a new DS1522+. Luckily, Synology makes the migration process painless, and I didn’t lose any files!
Regarding backups, create at least one OFF-SITE physical backup. Take it to a bank safe box or to a trusted friend or family member’s house. Get it away from your house and preferably in another town or city. That way if a natural disaster or house fire happens, you will have a backup that is hopefully unaffected by the event.
While we’re on the topic of computer stuff, I figured I’d record a video about AutoHotkey. It’s a free program that can save you a lot of time by bundling repetitive tasks or commands. For example, about once per week I get an email from a customer who did not receive their digital download links. For that, I setup an AutoHotkey script for pasting my generic response that I personalize and fill out so the customer’s situation is resolved. Rather than typing it out every time, the script lets me put a few sentences down with the press of three buttons. Want to search Google for something without opening your browser and typing into the search bar? There’s an AutoHotkey for that. Check it out!