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rSync when Time Machine fails

June 28, 2012


The Butterfly Effect or why Time Machine is bound to FAIL  such that Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect in regards to time travel?  Well despite your best intentions to go back in time to remedy something about your current situation you are usually doomed to failure because of butterflies. So I will […]

Hello World!…. Ok, what next?

May 23, 2011


Okay, so we finally have our Synology DiskStation NAS up and running!  Drives have been configured and tested.  UPS is setup.  Notifications are turned on.  We are all set to start using this big toaster box of a NAS to finally do something fun! So what can Synology do? I’m sure you have your own […]

Replacing a failed hard drive

May 6, 2011


Did you discover your Synology beeping at you?  Did you get a SMS message on your phone or an email saying “Volume 1 on NASname is in degraded mode [3/4]”? Well then, you my friend are in need of this post… Dealing with a failed hard drive… Take a look at your NAS.  The Status […]

NAS Notifications – the perils of setting up SMS and SMTP Email Gateways

May 3, 2011


Functionality vs Frustration Once of the things I liked about Synology is that for the most part it just works.  I like Synology’s simplified interface, but to be honest in the case of notifications I find that Synology’s clean simple interface without any help or default settings that would work is pretty much useless, and […]

UPS – Fight Data Loss on your NAS

May 1, 2011


UPS? When most folks hear “UPS” they think, “Go Brown”, well this take isn’t package delivery, and in our case “brown” means “brownout.” The key to fighting data loss during a brown/black out is using a UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply with your NAS.  Unlike laptops that automatically switch to their built-in battery during power loss, your Synology […]

Setting up hard drives and booting your NAS

April 29, 2011


So you’re ready to slap those hard drives in your Synology and get going? There are basically 2 steps: Install the hard drives into the NAS – Approximately 20 minutes Format the hard drives in the NAS – Approximately 2 hours per terabyte Yeah, step 2 is a joy kill, but at least you can […]

Choosing the hard drives…

April 22, 2011


Solving Life’s Storage Issues The next important buying decision after choosing the NAS, is what hard drives to purchase.  Hard drives are pretty standardized these days.  You basically have two sizes, laptop 2.5″ and desktop 3.5″  Fortunately the Synology DS411j can take both types, but best bang for the byte you’ll be looking at 3.5″ […]