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Old 08-07-18, 02:13 PM
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Uses For A Spare NAS?

tl;dr = After upgrading my NAS, I now have a spare Synology DS212J with 2TB of storage (2x WD Red 2TB HDDs in RAID-1 configuration) and am looking for something to do with it.

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I own a Synology DS212j NAS. It's a very nice six-year-old two-bay NAS that I had loaded up with a pair of 4TB WD Red drives and which was being used primarly for media streaming inside my home and to access media when I'm traveling. My home experiences daily power fluctuations, so the NAS communicates with it's UPS and is always standing by to powerdown in case of an outage so that the drives shut down gracefully.

Beginning about a month ago, I began getting daily notifications that the NAS was experiencing improper shutdowns. The UPS was fine, it was the NAS. After digging around online I found a few Synology forum threads which led me to believe that the NAS was getting ready to die, and that the culprit was an internal power supply board. From the time improper shutdowns began, I had about 10-20 days before full system failure, based on other user experiences. Since my data was fully backed up (I make monthly local backups to external storage and have a rotation scheme that sees me store last month's backup offside while this month's backup is kept in-house, and all of that is on top of a persistent cloud-based backup scheme which is synchronized daily) I was more worried about the inconvenience of a HDD crash and having to rebuild everything from scratch than I was about losing any data.

To prepare for the inevitable, I purchased a replacement NAS, a Synology DS218j. The newer model has a faster processor, a Gigabit connection, USB 3.0 ports, more internal memory, supports larger HDDs (12TB v 4TB) and includes a number of software upgrades to it that the DS212j does not, but it was also 100% compatible for an in-place swap to replace my old unit. I held on to it while I was working the Synology tech support to diagnose the 212j, because if it turned out that I didn't actually *need* the new/upgraded hardware I could cancel the order or return it and not be out any cashola.

As it turns out, the DS212j's internal power supply tested out fine. It was the power converter embedded in the power cord that was failing... whenever the house power supply would blink, the fraction of a second that it took for the UPS to switch from AC to DC power would be enough for the power converter to fail, cutting power to the NAS. Synology sells replacements for $50 - I found an aftermarket one online for under $20 - and the system is back up and running. But in the time it took for me to diagnose the actual problem with my existing NAS, the new NAS that I ordered arrived, and because I managed to get myself distracted I never got around to returning the DS218j before the return window closed. So last night, I went ahead and migrated the HDDs over to the new NAS and put it onto my network. Flawless. And my transfer rates are like nothing I've ever seen before - I'm very happy.

But now I've got a bit of a dilemma. I have the older perfectly functional DS212j and a pair of WD Red HDDs (2TB ea) that I had pulled out during a storage upgrade 18-24 months ago. Essentially, I've got 2TB of surplus RAID-1 networked storage but no application for it. I'm thinking of installing Synology's CloudStation on it and using it as my own private DropBox replacement, but am looking for ideas as to what else I can do with it.

My primary NAS is the new DS218j, and it is being used for media streaming and local file sharing across my network. I also have a WD MyCloud EX2 that I picked up 3-4 years ago for cheap via my student account and is used to store all of my Big Finish and Doctor Who media. My ISP connection is advertised as 1GB, but I'm getting a max of just under 300/300 at the household threshold and I'm uncertain if I want to use the 212j as a webserver of any type just to keep the outgoing traffic managed well enough to keep from throttling my own access.
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Old 08-07-18, 02:27 PM
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Re: Uses For A Spare NAS?

Sound like a good place to stash 2TB of porn.
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Old 08-07-18, 02:38 PM
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Actually, my pr0n is all the free stuff on the web.
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Re: Uses For A Spare NAS?

Start a big data home lab project?
or analytics, anything that requires a lot of space, and may need to run for hours (?)
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Old 08-13-18, 02:18 PM
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Re: Uses For A Spare NAS?

I think I'll go ahead and set it up as a personal Dropbox replacement. I do volunteer work with the local Humane Association and Symphony Orchestra, and I know that at least one of them is paying $100/yr for their business Dropbox account. As long as they don't try to store and stream media from my NAS, I could offer them free storage.... I'd just have to come up with a reliable backup scheme so they wouldn't lose anything critical in case of a failure of some sort.
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Old 08-14-18, 02:44 PM
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Re: Uses For A Spare NAS?

I have the same issue. I have a spare 212j as well after updating recently to a 918+.

So I use the DSCam with all the cameras I have around the property and that's a lot of data coming through so I am going to use the 212j to just do that and put the cameras and the 212j on their own network so the traffic doesn't interfere with the network all the my other devices and stuff are on.

I figure it's better than just having it sit and do nothing.
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