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!
Jay – For offsite BU you may want to consider Amazon AWS Archive storage.
I back up my complete NAS to them automatically once a quarter. You pay when you access (read and Write) The months I don’t upload it costs $3-4. My NAS has a setting for Backup to AWS so its easy. I just turn it on when I want it and it runs in the background.
AWS is super cheap. I have a similar setup through BackBlaze
Those Synology NAS’s are excellent. My unit bricked a year or so ago because of the Intel atom C2000 bug. I was scared to death that I’d lost everything. But it was a piece of cake switching over to a new unit and there was absolutely no data loss.
A person stopped me in the city today and asked “what’s the quickest way to the motorway?
I said “Are yo driving?”
They said “Yes”
I said “that’s the quickest way”
Hope all is good in the big sticks 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪
Good information on AHK — For those that are more inclined to visual scripting – there’s a parallel program to AHK called Pulover’s Macro Creator which lets you automate based on images on your screen, as well as record the macro directly then go back and tweak with the same way Jay presented. I.e. you can tell the program to look for this image on the screen, move the mouse to it, click it 14 times, find other image, click and drag it to another location, then type “I’m sure cool”
So pleased that your data files were readable.
I use Backblaze that integrates with my Synology NAS and it’s not expensive. I also experienced a motherboard failure on my Synology but it was an easy fix. I did explore replacing the unit with a new one and Synology migration path was easy.
I’m still using a string stretched between 2 tin cans
Great advice at the end regarding back-up. I’ll put it to good use. Thanks
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