My (very) long-standing Synology NAS had a bit of a brainfart and died.
I will admit that I may have caused the brainfart.
I wanted to take it off cable; remove the direct connection to my router, and put the NAS up the far end of the room, with no need to trail a connection between the two.
So I bought a USB plug-in WiFi device.
And when I plugged it in the NAS died.
All my business and personal files, all my video and writing projects, and all of my audio projects and my 8,000+ iTunes tracks.
So I did what any normal person would do; I went to eBay and bought a used by working Synology NAS chassis, to the same spec.
A couple of weeks later, when it arrived, I removed the drives from the dead NAS and placed them (in the same order) in the new NAS.
Then I powered it up and left it to run on for a couple of hours.
Then I located the IP address the NAS has assumed, logged on to the control panel, mapped the iTunes directory to the same drive as the legacy had used.
And then I carried on using the new NAS, as if nothing had happened.
I didn’t even have to resort to an archive copy of anything.
If you ever have to change from any Synology NAS to any other corresponding product, for whatever reason, if you swap the disks over – keeping them in the same order that they were in the legacy NAS – the Linux-based OS will just continue to work.
This is a stunningly good use of a stable platform.
But now I’m wondering about upgrading everything.
Maybe move from a two-bay to a four-bay chassis?
Maybe double the 1.8Tb storage capacity? I am, after all, using 60% of 1.8Tb.