Synology Upgrade Time

It’s been 6 years that I have owned my DS1513+ and it’s just beginning to act out now.
I have 2 “improper shutdowns” in the last 5 days. I have checked the logs and nothing comes up that is significant. I reached out to Synology for support.

I am beginning to prep for the worst (always safer that way) and also now that I finished installing my rack cabinet, I am interested in migrating to a rack mount Synology, I just didn’t think it would be this soon.

Since it’s been 6 years, it’s been a long time since I reviewed a NAS.

My current setup is a 5-bay DS1513+ with 5 x 3TB Red Drives with a 2 Drive Fault Tolerance, I believe I only have about 1 TB of space remaining (or a little less - still working on a project on my mac, so it’s has not been archived there yet)

All audio, video, music, movies, books, documents, projects, for the whole family and team projects are stored on there.

Any recommendations on what to look for or what questions to ask myself?

I understand you want to buy a rack mounted server but keep in mind that those servers are made primarily for business and are price accordingly. You would be very well served with the 2019 model in the + range IMO. I have the DS918+ at home (which is a 4 bay unit) and I managed a DS1819+ for work which is a 8 bay unit) and they are both great machine. Depending on what you use it for, you’d be well served by something like this. If you need to user Virtualisation, then think more RAM. You could also either just take your 5 drive and put them on the new DS or buy some new drives. After 6 years, I think I would buy bigger drives like 6 or 8 TB and start with just 3, with one disk redundancy. When you need the space, buy as you go. It will be cheaper that way since cost will come down. This is just my thoughts though, I’m sure others will have some different ideas.

I read somewhere that you may consider blowing air to get rid of dust in the Synology.

I know I probably shouldn’t, but I clean out my synology with compressed air and a vacuum cleaner every 6 months. I take the disks out to do this.