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Synology NAS - When is it Time for me to Upgrade?


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My DS415+ is ~6years old. I'm 41% full with 4 WD Red 4TB drives using all four slots, running RAID5. It's exclusively for 85K track music library and hard wired to a TP-Link switch, along with a Sonictransport i5 as Roon Core, and opticalRendu>>Denafrips Pontus II>BAT pre>>Krell Amp>> Soundlab ESLs. During some recent troubles with my Roon db and intermittent library drops, Andrew at SGC did a remote support call and observed that my NAS is running pretty slow, which could have been a contributing factor. After deleting the Roon DB and software and starting again with a fresh build, everything is back to great...for now. 

I did some research and the DS1621+ and M.2 cache is the new object of desire. For the moment, there's no need, but what's good advice on how to monitor the long term viability of the DS415+ and any insights on at what point it will need replacement? I'm not concerned with storage availability in the short run, but I want to have solid reliability so that whenever I grab the Roon Remote, I can be confident of quick library browsing and playback without any connectivity drops, creating brief headaches like Roon messaging "that album has been deleted from your library", then playing it a few seconds later. 

FWIW, I'm more of a stereo geek than a computing enthusiast, so no interest in building/coding Linux/DIY. If I make an upgrade, it will likely be to another Synology to limit my learning curve. Thanks!

Digital Source: Synology DS415+ NAS  and Small Green Computer SonicTransporter i5 Running Roon Core > Blue Jean Cable Cat6a >TP optical converter > Sonore OpticalRendu with Sonore LPS> Curious USB > Denafrips Pontus DAC

Analog Source: Dynavector XX2 mk2> Audiomods Series 5 silver arm > Sota Nova Series VI turntable w/Condor & Roadrunner motor controller/tachometer > Nagra BPS battery powered phono stage>

Both: BAT VK51SE preamp> Krell FPB300 power amp > Sound Lab A3 ESLs > > Custom room treatment > 50 yr. old ears(left-handed)

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Thanks, I have external backup covered.

Digital Source: Synology DS415+ NAS  and Small Green Computer SonicTransporter i5 Running Roon Core > Blue Jean Cable Cat6a >TP optical converter > Sonore OpticalRendu with Sonore LPS> Curious USB > Denafrips Pontus DAC

Analog Source: Dynavector XX2 mk2> Audiomods Series 5 silver arm > Sota Nova Series VI turntable w/Condor & Roadrunner motor controller/tachometer > Nagra BPS battery powered phono stage>

Both: BAT VK51SE preamp> Krell FPB300 power amp > Sound Lab A3 ESLs > > Custom room treatment > 50 yr. old ears(left-handed)

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  • 1 month later...

I'm in the same situation: Old NAS but software keeps being updated, so I keep it. I have backup (local + cloud).
Recent failures I had were one memory bank failed (thank you ECC for the detection) and a power supply failure. So considering an upgrade too.

In your case you can probably wait for software obsolescence as davide256 said or hardware issue then buy a new Synology and either transfer your disks of restore from backup.

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  • 3 months later...

As long as it does the job, I see no reason to upgrade.   I have a newer 718+ with 8 GB of memory.   It is only a two drive model and I run mine RAID 1 with a pair of 2 TB drives.  Your array is 12 GB, but now you could simply buy a pair of them in a two drive cabinet.  the 718+ also has easy access to the drives from the front for replacing or simply blowing dust out of the cabinet.  And uses a quad core Celeron processor vs the Atom in yours.  I boosted the memory which provides 6 GB of cache for essentially memory output.

 

BTW, I enjoy a pair of U-1PX (now called U-790).   :)

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I am using the 411J, so perhaps a bit older. I have just ordered the QNAP HS-264, 2 reason for this.

1. I wanted at least 2.5GBe speed

2. The Synology 411J was too noisy and needed to upgrade the HDD.

3. I do not need RAID 5 

Qnap NAS (LPS) >UA ETHER REGEN (BG7TBL Master Clock) > Grimm MU1 > Mola Mola Tambaqui /Meridian 808.3> Wavac EC300B >Tannoy Canterbury SE

 

HP Rig ++ >Woo WES/ > Stax SR-009, Audeze LCD2

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A buddy of mine has a Sinology DS415+ and it's been error free since purchase. He uses it primarily for file storage and automated backups. He does not have Roon running as an app on it.

 

I agree completely with @davide256about software.

 

I have a Synology DS1019+ and I'm hoping it lasts for years to come.

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  • 5 months later...

i still use a Synology 1813+ from 2014 with a Raid5

it runs a plex server, my music library ( for a Intel NUC with Roon Rock) and othe data/backups like my own download server and ftp server

For me its still very performant

newest DSM 7 is running on it, so no need for something newer at the moment

 

roon ROCK on a NUC Dawsoncanyon

Metrum Acoustics AMBRE Streamer

RME ADI 2 DAC Fs DAC/Pre

XLR > ATC SCM45A pro

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