Lizard1977: Also, I mentioned in my first post that I would probably use Synctoys (or similar) to synchronise the user folders between the NAS and the desktop/laptop. Does anyone have any comment about this approach? Good idea/bad idea/neutral idea?
Zeon: I've got a 5 Bay and 6 bay QNAP pro Turbo if your looking for something? pretty expensive though. Will put them on Trademe probably.
Lizard1977: The situation I have at home is that my wife and I each have separate computers. We have a lot of common files - photos, music, videos, etc - which I figured is best managed by storing these on the NAS, and then having each computer access the NAS when they need to access those files. In other words, those files would not exist on any local computer.
But we each have files which are particular to us. For example, my wife maintains a blog and she will have photos that she stores for use on her blog, but which I would have no interest in. To try and separate the files which are communal, and the files which are personal, I figured the best way was to create a shared folder on the NAS, with separate folders for each of the different file types (docs, photos, music, videos), which we access across the network, and have user folders on each PC which stores our personal files. But for backup purposes (for simplicity, a single backup process), I figured some kind of synchronisation between the local user folders and the NAS would achieve this.
To be honest, though, it probably doesn't make much difference. I could still have the user folders on the NAS, separate from the shared folders, and have them mapped to the libraries on each PC. The only issue is when my wife needs to take her laptop off-site. We don't have a VPN (not sure how to go about it - possibly a future project) and when we do go off-site, our connectivity and data options aren't always clear. We both have iPhones, which we can use as a personal hotspot for internet connectivity, but our data allowances aren't huge, and this could be wiped out if we had to use it regularly. Sometimes we might have access to local wifi. To be honest we don't take the laptop off-site often enough for it to be an issue - my concern was making sure the setup was clear so that when we did need to go off-site, we didn't have to resort to a messy arrangement with USB thumbdrives, etc...
I guess it's possible to set things up with all the files stored on the NAS to start with, and if it isn't quite right we can always copy the user folders over to the PCs, and set up some kind of sync'ing arrangement later.
cyril7: Hi, I have used standard Black series WD drives in Synology NAS's with no long term issues, recent installs have used Red drives, but as you say still thin on the ground. If you speak to some of the distributors about the % of early disc failure/returns, you will quickly find, stay with WD, Hitachi, Samsung, and avoid Seagate.
Ragnor:cyril7: Hi, I have used standard Black series WD drives in Synology NAS's with no long term issues, recent installs have used Red drives, but as you say still thin on the ground. If you speak to some of the distributors about the % of early disc failure/returns, you will quickly find, stay with WD, Hitachi, Samsung, and avoid Seagate.
WD bought Hitachi's drive division and Seagate bought Samsung's.. so the only choice now once old stock is gone is WD or Seagate.