Move NAS from WD to Synology

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mayone, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. mayone macrumors member

    mayone

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    Hi everybody, I bought a 4TB MyCloud device that I really dislike (slow, bad firmware with no personalization, bad mobile apps...).

    I would like to buy a Synology DS213j, is it a good choice?
    My question: is it possible to move the drive from WD to Synology without loose any data? Thank you so much for the answers!
     
  2. ColdCase, Sep 27, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2014

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    No, the synology will format the drive as it wants, even external USB ones. You may be able move drives between synology boxes, but not between different makes.

    The DS213j is a low end device NAS that will be slow, but slow is relative and it may be good enough for you. It seems to be a solid reliable product used by many here. Synology has a wide range of packages available and is very customizable. The flexibility makes it a bit of a challenge to learn, as its a unix type space. A mini server will be a lot faster, easier to use, and offer much more capability... but is also just a bit more money.
     
  3. Gozar macrumors regular

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    Buy a 4TB drive and put it in the Synology. Copy everything to the Synology then take apart the WD and put that drive in the Synology in RAID 1 to mirror your data, or if you live dangerously go RAID 0 and backup the Synology to Crashplan or some other Cloud service (which you should do anyways).
    I will most likely end up buying a Synology also but can't resist trying out Xpenology on my HP EX495 home server first, although I will plunk down for a 4 bay version with an Intel CPU when the time comes.
     

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