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Photo Storage Solution Synology Diskstation
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Photo Storage Solution Synology Diskstation

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I highly recommend you move to a reliable and dependable backup solution - now. Photographers complain when a camera only has one storage media but they offload all the video/photos to a home computer or USB drive.  You need a professional storage solution - Synology offers pro-grade solutions at a very reasonable price.

When your Synology Diskstation is set-up you have a highly dependable and reliable backup solution for your once in a lifetime media. Although I set up a massive storage solution - Synology offers many sizes, and you get equal benefits from the smaller Synology systems.  My solution includes using the built-in Synology NAS software to seamlessly back up ALL my selected media to Amazon Glacier services.  Amazon Glacier is an Archival Service - its purpose is recovery from disasters, so if your Synology Diskstation goes up in flames you have Amazon Glacier for recovery. 

The Cost for me to store 6TB in Glacier is about $7.00 per month or $1.00 per TB per Month.  Amazon Glacier is for archival use for emergency recovery in case your home burns down taking your Synology with it  - forbid.  My setup allows me to work, store and back up to my local RAID and have geographic recovery from Amazon if the situation occurs.  Imagine the data losses following hurricanes and the fires in California when people kept their data locally on personal computers. 

Does this sound familiar?  I have a backup and keep all my important data on external drives, or I have multiple external hard drives with my media on them? Trust me, that is not a reliable backup.  Problem is if a local disaster occurs your data most likely will be gone forever.

Having data spread across several external sources and not one RAID system is a recipe for disaster and headache for you - which drive has what data.

Setting your diskstation up is simple, you do not need to buy a hard drive for every drive bay starting out or even the same size drives for each bay - but recommended to maximize storage. You can always add drives and Synology Diskstation will expand your storage for you - easy peasy lemon squeezy. I do recommend you set up your Diskstation in a RAID configuration during setup and with Synology, you have a few options.  So, recommend you buy at least a 4 bay Synology most of these disk stations have a port on the back to plug in another expansion disktation if you require more storage later

So, what did I do to future proof ?  I purchased a Synology DiskStation 2415+ with a set of six 10 Terabytes of Pro NAS and six 10TB Surveillance drives, for a total of 12 10TB drives, and in a RAID setup you get about have the full volume size in RAID configuration.  The Skyhawk is set up as two volumes to support 6 continuous IP camera recording and a secondary backup of certain data from the main NAS which ensures I have 3 full copies of my most important data. While the IronWolfPros are set up to support my mass storage needs along with a wake on demand 20 terabytes of additional backups. I am covered.

What is my workflow and setup now:  The Mass Storage Synology DS2415+ is set up in a redundant raid configuration, I use my PC to perform all edits and send the full set of images with the masters to the Diskstation. My older diskstation is used as a secondary important file storage.  Local hazard like a flood or fire is protected on Amazon Glacier - off site in the cloud. I now sleep without worry about my data.

Recommended Starter System Two Options:
4 Bay Diskstation 6 B Hard Drive  4 Bay Diskstation 

So where do I store my long term archives for offsite storage?: I keep a copy of my data on Amazon Glacier, a low-cost solution for protection of your data  - do it for your protection!  Stuff happens, be prepared.  I have 6+ TB on Glacier, and at night rest assured my data is recoverable - fires, floods, or other disasters.

HOW DO YOU SET UP YOUR OWN SYNOLOGY? Here are the highlights of the setup checksheet. You do not require Geekness to set up a Synology Diskstation, Synology makes it easy. If I can do it you can do it too.

The first step is to decide on your storage needs how much data storage do you need? Storage is something I can not suggest for you as everyone's storage needs are different. If you have a bunch of external hard drive half full or busting at the seams add the data up and add 20% for growth. If you have less than 20Tb I suggest you go with a 4 bay set up - look for a Synology model that supports expansion port, this will allow you to add another set of bays.

Second, buy a Synology Diskstation with as many storage bays as you can afford and as mentioned earlier look for a model with expansion ports, you will appreciate the flexibility to expand your storage needs on the fly when the time comes.  If you go with 2 bay setup and run out of room you may have an expense to replace the entire diskstation.  Many of the Synology Diskstations have expansion ports that support both external USB drives or special Synology expansion solutions.  Once you have your diskstation choice made - Next up buy the hard drives that support your storage needs - keep in mind that a redundant RAID will require more hard drives.  Synology offers a unique RAID solution where one additional drive if one drive fails you will not lose any data, simply replace the failed drive.

--Buy recommended hard drives/SDDs recommended by Synology for the Diskstation you choose - the link is here.  

The size of your hard drives will depend on how much storage you require - 6 or 8TB hard drives seem to be a good choice and are more economical to replace over time as they age out. Keep in mind when setting up your Diskstation I recommend you choose a RAID - meaning you can lose one hard drive and recover by simply removing the bad drive and replace it. Synology supports many different RAID configurations. Synology has a proprietary RAID that supports lose of one drive and your still able to recover - this RAID maximizes your storage. Normal RAIDs require one hard drive to mirror data backup for every drive you add - 3 hard drives = 3 RAID drives, leaving you only the storage capacity of 3 drives, the Synology RAID maximizes your storage while allowing one drive failure and be able to recover.

Once your bounty has is dropped off by Amazon Prime Driver - setting up a Synology Diskstation is very simple - if you can slide a hard drive into a slot and plug in an Ethernet cable you are 85% done. Once the diskstation is on your home network, the web interface will walk you through the process of setting up your diskstation

Synology has built-in widgets/applications for backups and supports Amazon Glacier if you decide to use it to send any data you identify upstream off-site for archival purposes. 

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Update on Setup:  I am very pleased with the ease which Synology has developed to make backups effortless.  This is beyond a basic NAS it is more like a full blown NAS system with many available applications.

The Synology offers seamless integration with Amazon backup services, such as Amazon Glacier.

Performance Boost:

  1. I used link aggeration to increase overall bandwidth, My 12 bay unit supports 4 giga ethernet ports which can be bonded to form 2x, On Bond can be on one switch the other on a second, basically, 1 pair is redundant: 1 Gig up and One Gig download, speeds depends on YOUR network.
  2. I added a 256gb SDD as a Cache read, which speeds up the overall system, for heavy backup loads.  The cache shows about 100gb usage.


  1. In addition, I set up my IP Cameras with the Surveillance Station, although the software is free the license beyond the 2 free licenses, additional ones have a one-time cost, about 60.00 per, or you can buy them in bulk at a reduced cost. Surveillance Station is a very useful tool, featuring analysis, and motion detection.  With the analysis, you can set it to send emails when a package is dropped on your doorstep, or someone approaches for that matter. Also, features timeline video recording/playback..


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Disk Station DS418  SkyHawk Drive  



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