Looking for advice on my current setup and possible changes.
Currently, I am pretty much Mac-less with a 2018 iPad Pro 12.9. I use the iPad for some work, but mostly around the house and travel. I am looking for options based on the current equipment I have or possible changes to hardware. I keep an old 2011 MBP around for the very rare times I need a “computer”. To upload photos to a Synology NAS, server adjustments, and rare sites that just don’t play well with iOS.
2011 MBP 13” w/SSD 128GB
iPad Pro 12.9 lte 256GB
34” monitor - mainly for work PC, also iPad mirror
Synology NAS DS 216+II - 8TB
- 57,000 + photos
- Backup to BackBlaze B2
- Backup to Amazon Cloud Drive
- USB Copy once a week to an external drive
- HDHomeRun content with DVR
- Plex - lightly used, but would like to use it more.
Drobo Mini - not in use
I have heard and read horror stories of Synology units going bad. Of course any HD can crash. We have lost about 2 years worth of picture in the past due to 2 HD crashes.
So, I am wondering if I should just leave everything along and stop thinking about it. Or, do I get maybe a Mac Mini and use the Drobo or the Synology. Then if I want, the Mini becomes the Plex server as well as photo default with back up to BackBlaze and a second external HD to store off site. I would also have a way too view/edit pictures on a large screen with a mini and current monitor.
Or, as I said just leave well enough alone and if the MBP eventually dies make a change as I barely use it.