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    I have 6 computers, 3 are running Windows 10 pro and 3 are running Windows 7 pro.
    I have usb drives connected to each to which a backup program (Macrium) writes an image.
    I’d like to use a NAS to store the backups.
    Q1) What NAS would you suggest?
    Q2) What are your thoughts about the QNAP 4-bay NAS?
    Q3.) What are your thoughts about configuring the drives in the NAS as RAID 1?
    With 4 drives I should be able to have 2 RAID 1 arrays, yes?


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    • #2380585

      Maybe start by reading : The best NAS drives 2021

      Your budget is also significate factor when investing in a NAS drive as is the max storage of the drive.

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    • #2380586

      I have a Synology DS418Play (approx 500 USD without HDDs). And Im satisfied with that. In the 6 year+ usage, I had to replace one HDD. RAID set to 10 (link here). It has a web interface for easy access, but I strongly recommend not to allow the option to acces your NAS via internet – its a tempting target, its OS is very basic, although patched regullary.
      Synology initial setup is very intuitive and quick, there is a wizard to guide you through.


      I have no experience with QNAP, but I consider it as very solid solutions, since I read good reviews about it.

      Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

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      Do you REALLY want to have your backups on a NAS where they are vulnerable should malware get on your computer?

      IMHO, that is a very bad idea.

      I have a Synology DS220+ that I use for files that I want shared across our 5 computers and daily file backups of our Documents directories. I am very happy with this device. That said, my serious backups are all kept on bare HDDs that I connect via a USB 3.0 dock. By doing this my backups are never exposed to the Internet. I also use Macrium Reflect and I control it via PowerShell which I have disable the Internet while the backup is in progress.

      This method is also very cost effective about $30 USD for the Dock (I actually have 2) and less than $100 USD per bare 3.5″ drive. I have 5 1Tb drives and use them in rotation so even if one goes belly up I wouldn’t loose too much.

      FYI: My Synology ran $425 USD (DS220+ $221.74 (2) Segate Iron Wolf 4Tb drives $104). My backup setup: iDsonix USB 3.0 Dock (3.5 & 2.5 drives) $27.47 USD. The last time I purchased a HDD was 2016 a 1Tb WD Blue (don’t need as fancy a drive for this vs NAS!) $60 USD. Of course that was 5 years ago much cheaper now.

      HTH ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!


      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
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      • #2381002

        I assume you use a USB doc because you have few usb ports on your computer?ย  I assume I could purchase a 4 port usb 3.0 card and accomplish the same thing?

        Would you be willing to share your Powershell code which disables the internet?

        • #2383563

          No, the dock is to insert 2.5 or 3.5 inch drives into directly with an interface and usb cable to connect them to the computer.

          HTH ๐Ÿ˜Ž

          May the Forces of good computing be with you!


          PowerShell & VBA Rule!
          Computer Specs

        • #2383568

          You can find the code in this post.

          HTH ๐Ÿ˜Ž

          May the Forces of good computing be with you!


          PowerShell & VBA Rule!
          Computer Specs

      • #2381004

        Also, what anti virus software did you install on your NAS?

    • #2380929

      Get a 1 or 2 disk Synology NAS. (I have a one disk unit)
      Create a shared folder. Hide it from the network and users without permissions.
      Create a backup user and give that user write permission. Set your backup software to use that share and user/password for backups.
      Create a recovery user with read only permissions and no password – for restoring files or systems.

      If you get ransomware on a machine it won’t be able to write to the backup share so a recovery is always easy.

      Backup the NAS to external disk for offsite storage if you feel the need.

      cheers, Paul

      p.s. I loaded Synology Mail Server on the NAS for disk /system / backup error notification.

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    • #2383571

      Like RetiredGeek, I also used two external USB docks… but one has just recently gone ‘belly up’… no longer responding when connected.

      So, being cash-strapped, I’ve been limping along with just the one external USB dock until the next ‘Black Friday’ in November when, if all goes well, I’ll be buying 2 replacements, just in case.

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