Synology NAS update
In December 2013 I purchased a WD EX4 NAS and filled it four 4TB WD red NAS drives. It was my first successful venture in getting many thousand CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks out of my living room. I have enjoyed four years of good service feeding movies to my Samsung TVs and music to my OPPO;
but progress calls.
In December 2015 I began to worry, with 16TB of music and movies, (I do have a two backups) If I lost a disk I would have a lot of work restoring all my files to my EX4 so I purchased a WD EX4100 and filled it with (4) 6TB WD red hard drives. Intended primarily as backup with more room I was pleased that file transfers were about 10-12 times faster than my EX4 is capable of.
Recently, December 2017, I've been thinking that the little EX4 is about out of disk space and maybe a fresh set of larger NAS hard drives would be a wise investment? The EX4 has such a slow CPU and disk controller maybe not?
The price of no-drive 4 bay NAS has become a lot more reasonable and after doing some research I found an open box Synology DS918+ for $40 more than a DS418play. I filled it with (4) 10TB Seagate IronWolf Pro hard drives.
This will mirror (backup) the other two plus provide ample room for additions to my movie collection in Blu-Ray or HD. The way the WD NASs work I just pick movies out of a directory structure. I read that Synology has a searchable plex server, a much nicer user interface.
My house is hardwired for gigabit so retrieving any movie is quick. What is slow is copying 16TB of files from one device to another, that takes days.
When I get all the files transferred and the plex server up and working I'll report back. So far I far prefer the Synology GUI to the very primitive WD GUI.
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