Buying dilemma for existing DS214Play user

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Buying dilemma for existing DS214Play user

Unread post by dlondon » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:59 pm

Hi there

I just wanted some advice from experienced Synology users. I've had DS214Play for a few years now. It has 2 x 8TB drives (Synology Hybrid Raid configuration). I generally use for storage of files and media but I also use as a Plex media server to various devices. It's sometimes a bit slow with Plex but otherwise it's been ok. The problem I have is that I have run out of space.

I've been considering my options:
1. Don't use RAID - I would need a backup solution of some kind.
2. Replace existing drives with larger drives - I've ruled out purchasing larger drives because the cost and the fact I will only get a bit more space.
3. Manually backing up device to a standalone drive - most of my files wouldn't need constant backing up but this solution is very manual and slightly tedious.
4. Buying a 4/5 drive device - Higher cost but would be faster. Perhaps existing device could be used offsite or as a backup of some kind.
5. Getting a 2 bay device and using with existing device as a backup offsite (not using raid).

Any advice on what might be the best option? If purchasing new equipment, I don't mind future-proofing with a slightly higher spec - any recommendations would be appreciated. Also, have others tried mixing brands of NAS (i.e. backing up to say a QNAP or something)?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Buying dilemma for existing DS214Play user

Unread post by sieberta » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:50 pm

I personally would go with Option 4, including backing up to your old unit offsite. I would stick with Synology because of better remote backup options to your existing unit. Could do 3 8T drives in RAID 5, and then add an additional 8T drive in the future when needing more space.

Option 5 isn't so bad either... if downtime is acceptable on HDD failure.

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Re: Buying dilemma for existing DS214Play user

Unread post by dlondon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:27 pm

sieberta wrote:I personally would go with Option 4, including backing up to your old unit offsite. I would stick with Synology because of better remote backup options to your existing unit. Could do 3 8T drives in RAID 5, and then add an additional 8T drive in the future when needing more space.

Option 5 isn't so bad either... if downtime is acceptable on HDD failure.

sieberta
Thanks for your advice. Think I will look for a 4/5 drive device and buy three drives initially as you suggested. Thanks.

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