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So, three years ago I built a Synology NAS box with 5.2TB of storage, enough to last any man you might say?

Well, guess what, it’s ran out of space….Meh!

Plans are afoot to build Deathstar Version 2.0, he is going to be a Synology DS1513+ and will have 5 x 4TB drives stuffed into him….watch this space.

A Sprinkling Of Clouds

So you have your Synology NAS box setup with all your goodies on it, then you realise you could also backup all your junk from your Laptop, PC etc. to it as well (which is a good idea).

I’ve been doing this for years but using Synology Data Replicator 3 but running it in sync mode and triggering it manually. As good as it is it’s not as elegant as another Synology solution called Cloud Station.

This is what they sell as ‘Hit Save, and It’s Everywhere’:

If you own multiple devices, Cloud Station is perfect for you to have files synced automatically to all of them. Your work will always be up to date among Mac, PC, and mobile devices. Files are always accessible via web and Cloud Station folders on your local computers.

  • Maximum file size: sync files of up to 10GB size
  • Enjoy speedy file transfer when your client device and DiskStation are in the same local area network (LAN)
  • Get mobilized: use the free mobile app, DS cloud, to have your files stay in-sync on mobile devices, even for offline viewing

So, semi snowed in and bored this weekend I set about setting up..

Start by creating a backup account for each device you want to backup to the NAS

Then create Shared Folders for each of the locations you want backed up

Then go and enable Cloud Station.

Add the users you created earlier in Privileges

Go into Sharing in Cloud Station and share out the Shared Folders you created earlier (yes its dumb but you have to do it twice…)

Then install the Windows Cloud Station Client on each PC you want backing up, pick the account you created for the relevant folder sets and point them to the right place on your PC. The folders have to be empty to start with for some stupid reason so in my case I created a ‘FolderName2’ for each of the folders I wanted to sync, moved everything into them, pointed Cloud Station at the original folders that I wanted synching and then moved everything back into them afterwards.

Then site back and wait (several days in my case) for everything to sync across to the Synology NAS.

Oh and it eats a bunch of CPU while its doing it πŸ™‚

Cloud Station Client will just sit in your system tray once everything has done an initial sync and anytime you change stuff on your PC it will get synced across to your NAS automatically.

Cool eh?
It would be perfect if it didn’t have a maximum file size of 10GB (so basically all my big BluRay files don’t get backed up automatically but I can live with that…..I think)

DeathStar – Part Two

Second and most likely final part of this article. The hardware was put together in a previous post and this part is about setting it all up.

I jumped a couple of steps before I started taking screen shots but basically you plug the box into your network and run the utility on the supplied CD, it finds the box on the network and then you can start configuring it. I chose to have a static IP address for the box as I intend accessing it remotely and also if you only have a few devices on your home network then static IP is neat and tidy.

So here its about to reboot after I gave it a static IP address

You use the Synology Assistant to access the box initially:

Here its formatting its own system partition on the disks

Now the initial config is done it asks you to log in properly

Your newly named and configured NAS box should now show up in the assistant:

Enter the IP address in your web browser and log in !!

Now you can set up your disks and create users:

Two choices on setting up disks, use Quick if you want it all done for you or Custom for manual RAID options

Here I’m using all the disks for one RAID volume

Going for RAID5

Surface check on disks (this will take FOREVER on big disks!!!)

These were my choices, you can pick whatever you like !!

Go find something to do for this bit…it takes a while

About 14 hours later……seriously!!

All up and running, this is the Main Menu with all the stuff this box does

Oh, don’t forget to get the latest firmware update for the DSM

That’s it all finished and ready to use, you can now create shares to backup your other computers or follow the wizards to have an iTunes server or a Mail Server etc.

DeathStar – Part One

I started digitising my life over a decade ago as I could see the way things were going, it started with converting all my music to high quality MP3, drifted into digitising TV recordings, DVD’s, movies etc. etc. I like the idea of having everything in one place, at my fingertips so to speak (via a Remote Control) and also the ability to copy stuff to my car, my phone or my MP3 player as I wished.

As a result of this it was only a matter of time before I reached Critical Mass and I ran out of places to store stuff, that time is NOW

My Media Centre had 4TB of storage (1TB for films, 1TB for TV episodes, 1TB for music/photos and 1TB for recording TV) but the problem was I was running out of space AND it was getting too big to backup……enter Project DeathStar or in plain English – Network Attached Storage

I’ve had to wait a while to do this, mainly because I needed technology to catch up with my wishes, and that was for HUGE hard drives to be invented because what I wanted was something L-A-R-G-E. It needed to automatically backup and synchronise my Media Centre, my PC, my Netbook and two Android phones and still have some space for ‘future growth’ so I splashed for a Synology Diskstation DS411. This thing will do all of the above plus loads of other neat stuff like CCTV, Mail Server, FTP etc.

You buy this thing ’empty’ so you can stuff whatever hard disks you fancy inside it. In my world there is only one hard disk vendor and that is Hitachi Global Storage, they are always at the forefront of product design and their stuff never goes wrong (unlike Western Digital or other crap). I can speak with authority on this because I have personally built several hundred PC’s for corporate use that get spanked 8 hours a day and they are all still working years later.

Anyway, I won’t bore you with the techno babble, if you want to find out more about Synology go to their site, they make loads of different NAS solutions to suit every budget.

Here’s some pictures of Part One of my NAS build (Part Two to follow):

Nasty flash shot but I wanted to show you inside

Bags of storage πŸ™‚

Disk Trays

Full of disks

The front panel lights

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