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Looking to buy a Synology DS1812+ and have some questions

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:58 am
by DH888
I am looking to purchase an NAS solution to back up my data. I am looking at the Synology DS1812+ with 8x4TB drives in it.

I currently have 14 USB 2.0 & 3.0 External HD 2TB to 4TB in size equaling 42TB total size. I want to back up the data on these drives to a Network attached device. I am looking for some guidance as to what configuration would be practical and most desirable. Specifically I am not interested in going with a RAID configuration since this is a backup and I already have another copy of the data that will be stored on this device. I have done some reading on the subject and if I understand correctly JBOD would not be a very good solution since I understand that if one drive dies I will lose the data on all drives since they are connected together. Am I understanding this correctly?

If this is indeed the case and since a RAID configuration doesn't help me what type of setup would you suggest and is an NAS device even going to be able to do what I want it to do which is just be a destination to back my data up to?

Another consideration for me is since I have so many drives and that doesn't even include network drives that are taking up drive letters I only have a few drive letters available for me to use. How do drives in an Network attached device show up in Windows?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide :)

Re: Looking to buy a Synology DS1812+ and have some question

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:22 pm
by mike42dk
DH888 wrote:I am looking to purchase an NAS solution to back up my data. I am looking at the Synology DS1812+ with 8x4TB drives in it.

I currently have 14 USB 2.0 & 3.0 External HD 2TB to 4TB in size equaling 42TB total size. I want to back up the data on these drives to a Network attached device. I am looking for some guidance as to what configuration would be practical and most desirable. Specifically I am not interested in going with a RAID configuration since this is a backup and I already have another copy of the data that will be stored on this device. I have done some reading on the subject and if I understand correctly JBOD would not be a very good solution since I understand that if one drive dies I will lose the data on all drives since they are connected together. Am I understanding this correctly?

If this is indeed the case and since a RAID configuration doesn't help me what type of setup would you suggest and is an NAS device even going to be able to do what I want it to do which is just be a destination to back my data up to?
It will be the same with RAID 0, if 1 disk die all data is lost, so as I see it you can use SHR=RAID5 it will give you 28 TB for storage, and this way if a disk stops working you can change the disk and repair the volume and you will be up and running again.
Another consideration for me is since I have so many drives and that doesn't even include network drives that are taking up drive letters I only have a few drive letters available for me to use. How do drives in an Network attached device show up in Windows?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide :)
Synology works with shared folders, so you mount a folder as a drive in windows.