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Just spotted this Synology DS918+ 4 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure on Amazon.
Best price I've ever seen for this.
Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months.
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thanks yes it does...

wow been waiting on this to go close to £450, so thats a bit more of a saving, hopefully will get back in stock sooner. Finally i can restore my drives stuck in a dead DS415+.
DarkAngel18/09/2019 00:50

thanks yes it does... wow been waiting on this to go close to £450, so …thanks yes it does... wow been waiting on this to go close to £450, so thats a bit more of a saving, hopefully will get back in stock sooner. Finally i can restore my drives stuck in a dead DS415+.


Same here. Thanks OP. Ordered. Now waiting for good deal on 10 and 12 TB hard drives
Edited by: "zask" 18th Sep
New synology models being announced today, expect prices to go down for previous models
would explain it, the ds918+ seems to have survived well wouldnt want to chance it on a newer model, not like the one i had before which had the dodgy cpu and board design
As someone how is no that familar with NAS systems, what makes this worth 400+ quid vs using an older nas station or building your own for a hell of a lot cheaper
nunogsilva18/09/2019 01:18

New synology models being announced today, expect prices to go down for …New synology models being announced today, expect prices to go down for previous models


This is a £100+ reduction already, doubt they'll go much cheaper. Great price, and good NAS, got one when they were around the £450 mark last time around.
Damn, If I hadnt just paid out £460 on a galaxy s10 Id have had this, been in my list for ages. Heat added.
Bargain!
Thanks man. Was waiting for this for such a long time. And quite honestly, I'm surprised it went that low. Synology is not really known for discounting their products.
Wish I could vote more than once on this one.
Agree with the +ve comments.Can't buy this s/h for this price. My DS414 is still working but doesn't have the processing power to run Moments. Why the 1-2 month delivery though?
Edited by: "NJel" 18th Sep
Great price for this, its c£100 per bay which is very cheap for Synology, its usually a minimum of £120. This beats the £430 I paid for this in April which I thought at the time was a very good deal.

With this model you can upgrade the RAM to 16GB. You can get this from Amazon here
NJel18/09/2019 06:13

My DS414 is still working but doesn't have the processing power to run …My DS414 is still working but doesn't have the processing power to run Moments.


One thing to note about the DS414 that I have just discovered myself - there is a hardware limit of 16TB for a Storage Pool.

I recently bought 4 x 10TB Reds and I'm just getting round to pulling out my 4 x 4TB Reds and ran into this 16TB limit !
I use SHR btw.

I believe you can make a second 16TB Storage Pool on the device, but maybe an upgrade to the DS918+ will be better suited for people starting to order larger Reds. The newer Synology's can do 108TB Storage Pools, check this list below:

What is the maximum single volume size of my Synology NAS?
synology.com/en-…ion

16TB / affected NAS boxes:
DS116, DS115, DS115j, DS114, DS112+, DS112, DS112j, DS111, DS110+, DS110j

16TB / affected NAS boxes:
(The applied models in this category support converting a single volume to multiple volumes.)
RS816, RS815, RS814, RS812, RS411, RS217, RS214, RS212, DS419slim, DS416, DS416slim, DS416j, DS415play, DS414, DS414slim, DS414j, DS413, DS413j, DS411, DS411slim, DS411j, DS410, DS410j, DS218j, DS216, DS216play, DS216j, DS216se, DS215+, DS215j, DS214+, DS214, DS214play, DS214se, DS213+, DS213, DS213j, DS213air, DS212+, DS212, DS212j, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS210+, DS210j, NVR1218, NVR216


couple more useful Synology bookmarks:

What type of CPU does my NAS have?
synology.com/en-…ave

RAID Calculator
synology.com/en-…tor
Edited by: "kowalski" 18th Sep
MikeyG118/09/2019 01:27

As someone how is no that familar with NAS systems, what makes this worth …As someone how is no that familar with NAS systems, what makes this worth 400+ quid vs using an older nas station or building your own for a hell of a lot cheaper


Mikey, I cant comment as to why you couldn't use an older NAS, the only presumption I can come up with is stuff like trans-coding to Plex is probably faster with a more powerful CPU and im sure the advent of 4k video is causing issues on older boxes.

However I dont have any experience of home use with NAS's - only in an office environment. As to why you should use this over a server which you could build and spec for a lot less its all about the software.

To be honest the hardware is mediocre for the price. In before the angry comments we have an expensive 5 bay one which cost around £1k (bare) 3-4 years ago - I could have built an equivalent spec server for a quarter of the price.

But it just works. The interface is similar to android / ios with simple options and prompts, which means you can be set up and going in under an hour. The software updates keep coming meaning it will probably last for six years. Everything's included, weve moved to office 365 recently and one drive sync is incorporated, a few clicks and backup was working.

Previously we used windows server, I am not an it guy and the management could be somewhat stressful. Suddenly exchange server would have used 90% of the ram, a windows update meant the boot time went from 2 minutes to 14 (though it has crashed) every issue required pulling out the doorstop computer help books of the early millennium or troubleshooting via the internet, whilst lots of people in the office were sitting around waiting to get access. The only issue ive ever encountered on the NAS was it renaming usb backup drives so it wouldn't always run, but this appears to have been fixed more recently so is no longer an issue.

Of course if your a sys admin, Win server / Linux would be nothing to you. But im not and dont need the stress when im supposed to be doing fee charging work. Yes you could build you own use FreeNAS or even Xpenology but how important is your time and more importantly your data.
nunogsilva18/09/2019 01:18

New synology models being announced today, expect prices to go down for …New synology models being announced today, expect prices to go down for previous models


Synology 2020 presentation in London tomorrow (Thursday 19th Sept 2019)

event.synology.com/en-…don


despite the new models being announced this week, the DS918+ at £405.99 is a superb price
possible 2% cashback with TopCashBack/Quidco? ("Electronics")
Edited by: "kowalski" 18th Sep
DarkAngel18/09/2019 00:50

thanks yes it does... wow been waiting on this to go close to £450, so …thanks yes it does... wow been waiting on this to go close to £450, so thats a bit more of a saving, hopefully will get back in stock sooner. Finally i can restore my drives stuck in a dead DS415+.



You might want to hold off on this model then:
community.synology.com/enu…466
although Intel appear to have rolled that recall back to "only if you need a long-life guarantee"
extremetech.com/com…all

... sounds to me like it'll fail prematurely either way.
Just came on to post this as I had a 3xcamel alert set up from when I was looking to buy one last year. Mine cost nearly £500 bare, atm I have 2x6Tb WD reds in and I’m relatively happy with my choice, hoping to get more than 6 years out of it, if I did put another two 6Tb reds in that total cost will have been approx £1300 for a home set up. O.o
The only thing that irks me is I wanted to run my own mailserver but I didn’t realise prior to purchase that Synology make you pay extra for more than 5 email accounts... My bad for not doing more research...
One day I will get round to setting up a third party one that doesn’t require the extra outlay. ^_^
I’m waiting for the DS218+ to hit £250 so I can upgrade my DS118. Hopefully prices will soften when the newer models come out
VideoSpigot18/09/2019 07:03

You might want to hold off on this model …You might want to hold off on this model then:https://community.synology.com/enu/forum/1/post/128466although Intel appear to have rolled that recall back to "only if you need a long-life guarantee"https://www.extremetech.com/computing/298248-intel-walks-back-apollo-lake-cpu-recall... sounds to me like it'll fail prematurely either way.


I experienced the Intel C2000 bug/fault on my Synology DS1815+. This was just outside the 3-year warranty but Synology still honoured the (free) repair. Postage cost me ~£18 and the turnaround was several weeks without my main NAS.
Maybe I'll give this model a miss :/
dwl9918/09/2019 07:21

I’m waiting for the DS218+ to hit £250 so I can upgrade my DS118. Ho …I’m waiting for the DS218+ to hit £250 so I can upgrade my DS118. Hopefully prices will soften when the newer models come out


That model was £247.99 on Amazon Prime Day in July. Maybe they'll repeat on Black Friday (29th Nov)
Wow what a price! Thanks a lot, ordered.
Quick question. If I currently have the ds218j with two 8tb drives that mirror each other. Can I buy this, buy two more 8tb drives. Put all four drives in this and change to raid 5 without losing any data?
This or qnap ts 253a
algloster18/09/2019 06:51

Mikey, I cant comment as to why you couldn't use an older NAS, the only …Mikey, I cant comment as to why you couldn't use an older NAS, the only presumption I can come up with is stuff like trans-coding to Plex is probably faster with a more powerful CPU and im sure the advent of 4k video is causing issues on older boxes.However I dont have any experience of home use with NAS's - only in an office environment. As to why you should use this over a server which you could build and spec for a lot less its all about the software. To be honest the hardware is mediocre for the price. In before the angry comments we have an expensive 5 bay one which cost around £1k (bare) 3-4 years ago - I could have built an equivalent spec server for a quarter of the price.But it just works. The interface is similar to android / ios with simple options and prompts, which means you can be set up and going in under an hour. The software updates keep coming meaning it will probably last for six years. Everything's included, weve moved to office 365 recently and one drive sync is incorporated, a few clicks and backup was working.Previously we used windows server, I am not an it guy and the management could be somewhat stressful. Suddenly exchange server would have used 90% of the ram, a windows update meant the boot time went from 2 minutes to 14 (though it has crashed) every issue required pulling out the doorstop computer help books of the early millennium or troubleshooting via the internet, whilst lots of people in the office were sitting around waiting to get access. The only issue ive ever encountered on the NAS was it renaming usb backup drives so it wouldn't always run, but this appears to have been fixed more recently so is no longer an issue.Of course if your a sys admin, Win server / Linux would be nothing to you. But im not and dont need the stress when im supposed to be doing fee charging work. Yes you could build you own use FreeNAS or even Xpenology but how important is your time and more importantly your data.


Excellent summary.
I'm very much in the DIY / hobbyist camp (although I have had a NAS in the past, and currently do via a router with attached USB storage), and I recommend the NAS approach to everyone who needs a reliable, stress-free solution. This is a good deal.

I've said it a few time on hukd before, but if you are interested in building your own solution, the HP N54L Microserver is an excellent option. Yes, they're old now, but they're robust and can be picked up for <£100 secondhand. For less than the price of an empty Synology NAS you can have a 4 bay server, licensed with Win Server 2012, with 16TB of storage (RAID options for redundancy to suit).

I'm preaching to the wrong audience, but I have a real affinity for these things. I bought my first for £100 from ebay in 2014, and now have an N36L, an N40L, and an N54L with 38Tb of storage between them. Situated in two different countries with critical data backed-up in the cloud and to separate physical devices.

Heat added.
kowalski18/09/2019 07:24

I experienced the Intel C2000 bug/fault on my Synology DS1815+. This was …I experienced the Intel C2000 bug/fault on my Synology DS1815+. This was just outside the 3-year warranty but Synology still honoured the (free) repair. Postage cost me ~£18 and the turnaround was several weeks without my main NAS. Maybe I'll give this model a miss :/



From those reports it doesn't look as bad - but only time will tell (pun partially intended as it will). I found Synology support excellent when I had a BIOS issue with my DS216+ (sometimes needed the power pulled to restart!) and they sent me a BIOS fix for it within hours (obviously an issue that affected a few people, but not enough to risk a general patch). I'm running a 411j as a back-up which has been faultless.

The reason many people go for Synology rather than building their own NAS is that it (usually) just works, and when it doesn't, the support is excellent. I do enough sysadmin at work and want to tinker with other things at home. Also, the power usage is excellent, much better than running an old tower/server.
I will buy a such an expensive Synology NAS when they will make it compatible with ring surveillance cameras.
Edited by: "nefe" 18th Sep
SeanRTK18/09/2019 07:45

Quick question. If I currently have the ds218j with two 8tb drives that …Quick question. If I currently have the ds218j with two 8tb drives that mirror each other. Can I buy this, buy two more 8tb drives. Put all four drives in this and change to raid 5 without losing any data?


Should be no need to change to R5 if you are using SHR at the moment.

If not then:

1. Buy NAS.
2. Buy 2 new drives.
3. Configure 2 new drives as SHR.
4. Copy the contents of your original drives to the new ones.
5. Format old drives.
6. Add them to the SHR raid group.

You may want to add a gap between 4 and 5 just to make sure the new drives don't fail early.
Price seems to be back to normal now?
nefe18/09/2019 08:38

I will buy a such an expensive Synology NAS when they will make it …I will buy a such an expensive Synology NAS when they will make it compatible with ring surveillance cameras.


That's Ring's fault, not Synology's, and it's entirely deliberate.

If Ring made their cameras work with local NAS's and NVRs they wouldn't be able to milk their customers for subscriptions to overpriced cloud storage.
LordHippos18/09/2019 08:45

Should be no need to change to R5 if you are using SHR at the moment.If …Should be no need to change to R5 if you are using SHR at the moment.If not then:1. Buy NAS.2. Buy 2 new drives.3. Configure 2 new drives as SHR.4. Copy the contents of your original drives to the new ones.5. Format old drives.6. Add them to the SHR raid group.You may want to add a gap between 4 and 5 just to make sure the new drives don't fail early.


I believe my current system is SHR.

Just looked on the Synology raid calculator and you're correct. 4 x 8tb drives as SHR provides 24tb of usable space. The exact same as raid5.

Thank you very much for the reply.

I've pulled the trigger on the DS918+, just need to find a good deal on 2x8tb drives before it turns up in a months time.
tievolu18/09/2019 08:52

That's Ring's fault, not Synology's, and it's entirely deliberate.If Ring …That's Ring's fault, not Synology's, and it's entirely deliberate.If Ring made their cameras work with local NAS's and NVRs they wouldn't be able to milk their customers for subscriptions to overpriced cloud storage.


I understood.
Is there any other way round to make ring compatible with Synology? I have 4 ring cameras installed and looking to buy a Synology NAS for surveillance purpose
Edited by: "nefe" 18th Sep
Looks like the deal is no longer available
tievolu18/09/2019 08:47

Price seems to be back to normal now?


expired - now £502.25
any suggestions for a four drive external case with e_sata?
my icy box 4 bay is not providing enough power for don up nowadays.
tried this before and it turned out to be a fraud company. 1 to 2 months was the same delivery time. eventually got my money back. can someone key me know if they actually get something?

EDIT: it seems to be Amazon so should be ok
Edited by: "CromeX" 18th Sep
nefe18/09/2019 08:57

I understood.Is there any other way round to make ring compatible with …I understood.Is there any other way round to make ring compatible with Synology? I have 4 ring cameras installed and looking to buy a Synology NAS for surveillance purpose


No, I don't think so.
Expired
Fantastic price. Was trying to hold out for a 5 bay to replace my aging DS1512+
With the DS1019+ but @ over £700 a lot more expensive - I will lose a drive - Only used it as a backup anyway not as part of the main raid
Will they honor this price though ? seems like a big drop and back to over £500 now
oh no i cant believe they just announced the same issue with the CPUs in this unit, i definitely dont want to go through that again. the whole point is to have something which lasts, ughh. Will have to see if Synology make any statement (not gone through that long thread yet) otherwise will be cancelling.
DarkAngel18/09/2019 11:46

oh no i cant believe they just announced the same issue with the CPUs in …oh no i cant believe they just announced the same issue with the CPUs in this unit, i definitely dont want to go through that again. the whole point is to have something which lasts, ughh. Will have to see if Synology make any statement (not gone through that long thread yet) otherwise will be cancelling.



synology.com/en-…ent


worries me too
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