I have had a Synology NAS (DS1515+) for about 4 years. Recently it died. It has been shutting down periodically for a few weeks, randomly. I wasn’t sure if I had a power issue or a LAN issue or whether it was the system itself. And then this weekend it just stopped. (Why this happened is still a mystery but I can spend some time on that question later).
It is out of warranty and it wasn’t even clear how to get it fixed if I wanted to – and I depend on this system. So I bit the bullet and ordered a new DS1019+ on Saturday which arrived about an hour ago.
I moved my five old drives (3TB, 3TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB) to the new system powered it on. It noticed that I was migrating from a 1515+ and asked me if I want to migrate all files and settings. YES (I was not able to save any config so my expectation was that I was gonna have to do a lot of stuff to get it back to the same state – but as long as my files were ok, I could handle that).
I installed the new OS, and rebooted and voilà! My system was there. It had the same name. It had a different IP address, but that was easy to fix. So far everything that I tried is still up and running and configued. My VPN “just works”. My “hyperbackups” just work. All the accounts are there and I could just connect from my MAC. I was amazed.
I am sure that I will find a few things that I need to configure from scratch, but this was a wonderful gift.