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      I have been doing some housekeeping lately and I've noticed that I had a lot of orphaned attachments. Attachments get orphaned when the PM or post is deleted without removing the attachment first. Deleting a PM or post does not delete the attachment and the file or image remain on the server. I'd like to ask all members to go through their attachments and delete any attachments you don't need anymore or those that have been orphaned. Where can I get a list of my attachments? Click on your display name in the upper right corner of the forums and pick "My Attachments" from the drop-down list. How can I tell an attachment is orphaned? If the PM has been deleted, you'll see a message like this in your attachment list: Unfortunately there is no message if the post has been deleted, so please check your old posts. We do purge old birthday threads every once in a while. Also some hosted projects have been shut down, so you may have orphaned attachments on one of those locations. Thanks!
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Network Accessible Storage (NAS) Devices

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After 10 faithful years, it's time to retire our file server, Patton. Yes, we name our servers after our cats. It causes no end of amusing confusion. Patton, our cat, knows his name and gives us puzzled looks when we talk about reformatting Patton's hard drives or rebooting Patton.

 

We already have a LaCie NAS, but it's way too slow and it doesn't have enough capacity now that our desktop machines have 1 TB drives in them. It takes 16 hours to do a full backup of my machine, so we need something faster and with a larger capacity. We also want to replace Patton, so we want something that we can use as a file server.

 

What is a File Server?

 

In our case, it's a Linux server that we use to store files on. For example when we download drivers, we put them on the file server so we can access them from all our machines on the network. In addition to using it as a central file repository, we also want to use it for backing up our desktop machines. Up until now, we haven't used Patton for this purpose, but some NAS devices can be used for both purposes.

 

Picking an NAS

 

Some NAS devices can be connected directly to your PC or Mac, so you don't need a network. These devices are quite similar to external hard drives, but they are accessed a little differently. You can store files on them or use them to store backups of your PC. I recommend doing a search for Network Storage Server and having a look at the various reviews. The things to consider are the capacity and write speeds. You can configure the backup software so that only selected drives are backed up each day and if you're away at work all day, then you don't need an NAS with super fast write speeds.

 

In our case, we have a network, so we wanted a device that would serve as a file server and backup device. As I said already, we also need a pretty fast device so that a full backup is complete in about eight hours. I use my machine for business as well as pleasure, so having it tied up all day as it's being backed up is not an option. Theoretically you can use your machine while it's being backed up, but I've found that to be too slow and the backups often get corrupted.

 

After doing some research, we settled on the Synology DS414. This device isn't cheap. It's going to cost about $596 CAD and that doesn't include hard drives. Some units come complete with hard drives, but the higher end devices usually don't. This is one such device. It is pretty fast with write speeds up to 135 MB/s. It has four drive bays for a RAID configuration. The maximum capacity is 20 TB. To start, we're going to put in two Western Digital Red NAS drives of 3 TB each, giving us 6 TB capacity. That will cost us $300 CAD. We'll add more drives later.

 

Many NAS devices have additional features, including the one we picked. They can be used for video surveillance, for one thing. You can purchase camera licenses which allows you to connect cameras to them. They also serve as media and mail servers.

 

Don't dismiss the importance of doing backups. Hard drives aren't as reliable as they used to be and as someone who spent $3000 CAD on getting the data off a failed hard drive, I don't mind spending $1000 on an NAS. :)

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Why do you want to replace your cat?

 

I know someone who has 5 NAS which each cost $1600 - $2000 (bought over a few years so price varied) hard drives not included. Each holds 6 drives and she is very happy (and very poor). I can't imagine buying even one such device, the sheer cost is staggering to me!

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If you don't need something that elaborate, you can get an NAS for $200 - $300. They are just external hard drives with an operating system so you can access them in different ways. An external hard drive might suit your purposes as well.

 

Oh, and no worries, cat isn't being replaced anytime soon. :D

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If you don't need something that elaborate, you can get an NAS for $200 - $300. They are just external hard drives with an operating system so you can access them in different ways. An external hard drive might suit your purposes as well.

 

Oh, and no worries, cat isn't being replaced anytime soon. :D

 

External hard drive? Hmmm, good idea! Wait a moment, I have 23 on my shelf already. Guess I don't need another one yet :P

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