Future-Proof Your Aging Computer: The Importance of NAS Storage and Data Backup

There is a sad tale of data loss to review, driving me to check and update all of my backups. Recently, a friend of mine encountered a serious and distressing data loss problem. To sum it up, their MacBook experienced a failure, vital data was stored on it, no backups were made, the data was eventually retrieved, they purchased a new MacBook, and faced a significant storage space shortage. I am now responsible for setting up an effective backup system. The tool chosen for this critical task is a Synology DS723+ 2-bay Diskstation NAS which is equipped with two 12TB hard drives. Luckily, the DS723+ is one of the most user-friendly NAS boxes I have ever come across. Its tech specs include an AMD Ryzen R1600, 2GB DDR4 ECC, 2 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN-Port, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1-Port, and compatibility with 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA HDDs and M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs. What makes this NAS simple to set up is that no tools are required for the installation of the hard drives in the caddies. Additionally, the kit comes with everything needed, except for a power cord in the UK version. The NAS was shipped from the US, requiring the purchase of a UK power cord. Furthermore, the E10G22-T1-Mini 10GbE RJ-45 module is an optional but handy addition to this NAS. Synology hardware has proven to be reliable in the past, but to ensure a smooth process for the user, I am stress testing the hardware. I like to allow new storage devices to run for a few days to detect potential problems or early failures. Despite using this NAS as a Time Machine backup storage drive, there are numerous advanced features waiting to be explored in future articles.