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Synology recommendation

I need to get a NAS that can contain 2 SSDs in RAID1 for concurrent file access.

Can you recommend an appropriate Synology device or other brand. Automated encrypted backups would be a plus. Thanks.
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I need to get a NAS that can contain 2 SSDs in RAID1 for concurrent file access.

Can you recommend an appropriate Synology device or other brand. Automated encrypted backups would be a plus. Thanks.
I use this one and have absolutely zero quibbles with it. Synology makes some pretty good packages that you can load in addition to the normal ones (Audio Jukebox, VPN server, etc). Very good and have no complaints about it so far; been using it for over a year. So long as your SSDs are in the 3.5" standard format, it shouldn't present any problems.
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Re: Synology recommendation

you can get trays for SSDs and other 9mm drives to go into standard slots.

what's your use case for SSDs over normal disks? Noise/energy?
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you can get trays for SSDs and other 9mm drives to go into standard slots.

what's your use case for SSDs over normal disks? Noise/energy?
noise and heat. in reverse order.
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Re: Synology recommendation

I think the units have fans installed in them. I'd guess with the airflow you'll likely have due to not using full-sized disks, you may be able to disconnect it.

If you did not need RAID, I would have suggested a Slug (NSLU2) - old but good and no moving parts.
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Re: Synology recommendation

QNAP does some fanless NAS units, by the way
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I need to get a NAS that can contain 2 SSDs in RAID1 for concurrent file access.

Can you recommend an appropriate Synology device or other brand. Automated encrypted backups would be a plus. Thanks.
Get the DS414 Slim, perfect size and some room for future expandability https://www.synology.com/en-uk/products/DS414slim
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noise and heat. in reverse order.


I have two 214play with two regular WD Red drives that sit in their respective living rooms that are al-but silent. The flashing LEDs are more intrusive by a long way.
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Re: Synology recommendation

Synology all the way. Costs a bit more, but the DSM software (and the long-time support), options and available packages cannot be beaten by any other brand (including QNAP) in my opinion. Make sure to get WD Red drives with it.
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I have two 214play with two regular WD Red drives that sit in their respective living rooms that are al-but silent. The flashing LEDs are more intrusive by a long way.
The device will be locked in a safe, so LEDs will not be visible. It is the heat build-up that is the concern.
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Re: Synology recommendation

Have you tried asking Synology or posting on their forum?
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Re: Synology recommendation

You will need to allow some ventilation otherwise the little heat will build up over time and certainly shorten the lifespan of the unit.

What are you trying to do?
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The device will be locked in a safe, so LEDs will not be visible. It is the heat build-up that is the concern.
If it's a fire safe, it will be hermetically sealed so how would you get the cables into it ? If you drill a hole in it, you will compromise it somehow.

I have some experience with Synology, some now good, because I have a DS212J Model. Shortly after purchasing it (from STEG) I noticed that it would often have problems transferring large Windows files, say > 2 GB. I spent some time sending logs etc. to the Synology help desk and they finally thought it must be the hard disk controller, so I took it back to the retailer. Despite seeing all the emails describing the problem, they insisted they wanted to do their own test. Anyway, after about 3 weeks, I got a replacement unit and that has worked perfectly. The moral here is, like in many other cases, buy from somewhere you can, if necessary, return it.
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The device will be locked in a safe, so LEDs will not be visible. It is the heat build-up that is the concern.
In a safe? And you plan to connect it... how?
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Re: Synology recommendation

One other thing, ensure that any disks you purchase are on the compatibility list for the model you purchase, because, if you have a problem, this is one of the first things they check. https://www.synology.com/en-us/compatibility/hd
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The device will be locked in a safe, so LEDs will not be visible. It is the heat build-up that is the concern.
Well, whichever NAS and drives you get, SSD or otherwise, you'll need to ensure substantial air flow, whether using a fan or not. All the electricity used by the NAS turns into heat and that has to go somewhere. I'm not sure how that can be achieved within a safe, perhaps one with a metal mesh of some sorts? Meshes have poor airflow so you'll need a fan, etc.

If all you want is to protect your data just store it encrypted and keep copies of it at different locations. Why bother with a bunker?
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If all you want is to protect your data just store it encrypted and keep copies of it at different locations. Why bother with a bunker?
Because attacks against many encryption systems are feasible if you have physical access to a running system?
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Re: Synology recommendation

I recently bought a DS214+. Very happy so far - I'm not IT expert but asked a few friends who are and all recommended Snology.

I'm interested to hear how you plan to run it in a safe though!
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Because attacks against many encryption systems are feasible if you have physical access to a running system?
You have a point here... in the realms of all possibilities... but is physically breaking into a safe really more difficult than getting access to a running system's memory to steal an encryption key or volatile decrypted data? Provided one has blocked the usual IO ports? That seems more tricky to me than using a circular saw... Or maybe I'm missing something?
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In a safe? And you plan to connect it... how?
some smaller safes have holes in the back or bottom to allow for fixing to the wall/floor.
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