It was destined to happen eventually. Drives have a way of running out of space and my Synology DS412+ had reached it’s maximum capacity. The larger file size of the Fujifilm X-T2 and my increased video footage sped up the inevitable.
My new Synology DS1517+ allows me to have a five drive RAID and the option to expand that to 15 drives! It has a much faster Quad-Core 2.4GHz CPU, 8gb memory expandable to dual channel 16gb, and 1165 MBs sequential reading. It’s kind of impressive for a home NAS system and a huge improvement over my old Synology.
I spent over a week backing up data from the DS412+ onto portable drives before performing the switch and I am incredibly happy I took the time to do it because the migration to the DS1517+ did not go smoothly in the end. During the re-synchronization process there was a power and network failure that caused the process to crash. All data on the drives were lost and I had to start the entire system as new.
This catastrophic failure really was more of a blessing in hindsight. Now I have clean drive space without any of the residual clutter I was trying to clear from the old system.
The Suffering…
Where it all began was a desire to simplify data storage to match our lifestyle makeover. We sold our house and our new 288 sq. ft. cabin has no room for a full sized computer system. This is where NAS storage entered the saga.
Simplifying doesn’t mean going back to the dark ages, it includes using the resources of today to benefit us without being distracted by all the noise. There is a balance to be found in the technology we find ourselves in. Photographs, books, and receipts are all digitized at this moment of human footprint. So the NAS file system is part of my life’s documentation that warrants it at this junction.
My desktop computer was replaced with a laptop. The loss of desktop storage was replaced with a NAS RAID. An iPhone with hotspot has replaced a satellite internet connection. I have kept my large Apple Display and Wacom Intuos Pro tablet for working on photos.
It takes a long long time to reach that comfortable place of an existence with which we decide to live. Even then we are never satisfied, so lightening up is going to be a lifelong adventure in itself I am sure it.
The mosquito like Adobe and this modern money sucking subscription based economy has me turning towards NAS to lessen the wounds and insanity they cause. I am hoping to create my own personal atmosphere.
I have terabytes of data to store now. This includes a fast growing library of photographs and videos, books, maps, trail research, and civilization documents. Most will become unimportant the closer my life’s flame gets to burning out and the longer I am on the trail. But the living loves information so maybe what I collect will be worth something to them, hard to say. 
To maintain my attachments I have fine tuned my data consumption to allow expansion. So here I sit in front of a screen, fingers tapping happily on a keyboard about my latest NAS. If you have made it this far in the narrative, I admire your perseverance.
In an effort to make this time worth your attention, here are the events that happened during the migration of DS412+ to DS1517+
Why The Great Migration…
Warning: Your Volume is Almost Full.
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are being replaced by PhaseOne Capture One and Affinity Photo. In order for Lightroom to function it is mandatory for it’s library to physically be on your computer and not a network or external drive. The files themselves can reside on portable storage but not the main database. This is not a handicap CaptureOne, OnOne Photo RAW, or Skylum Luminar impose upon you. I am done with Adobe! My lifestyle has outgrown it. Not only that, but Lightroom still can not process a Fujifilm RAF file as good as anyone in the industry. I know there are some X Series users out there that would disagree but nothing they say or show will ever make me change my mind. I know what I like and it is not Adobe.
On the other side of the coin, Lightroom’s photography management is a great example of ease and logic from import to export as long as you don’t own a Fujifilm X system. It wasn’t until Capture One 11 that any current software came close to the depth of photo management that Lightroom is capable of. This is only because Steve Job’s Aperture left the scene and Apple has rotted ever since in this department. Aperture always was lightyears ahead of Lightroom when Jobs was alive. If it wasn’t for Job’s we wouldn’t have Lightroom, he knew Photoshop’s loyalty was not to the photograph but the destruction of it.
You may be wondering what all this has to do with my NAS blues. Photography is my Yoga and a NAS stores all my meditations. A full volume beyond its expansion point is a serious attachment to me that causes great suffering. Photography is what drives my decisions and a great migration was needed.
In order to appease the Adobe gods I needed to use iSCSI to network into my laptop so that Lightroom would work. Now that I no longer use Lightroom, iSCSI is no longer necessary. What I do require now is management of my photos while touring around on my bicycle, remotely. For some reason Synology DSM was not freeing up the deleted iSCSI space when I was transferring photos to mobile space on my NAS.
Saved By Backup…
It took much longer than I thought it would but all my files were eventually backed up before switching to my new RAID device. This proved to be the most important step I ever did. In a perfect world this would not have to be done. The migration would complete and all systems would be a go. And this is how it all worked to begin with. The migration was successful and nearly complete. I added a new empty drive to the system and it had to process it into the RAID volume. Some time during the night power was lost, network was lost, and the entire volume was gone – Unrecoverable. I lost everything.
Only step left was to start new and create an entirely new RAID volume.
Thanks to my backup this was not a disaster, only an inconvenience. I painfully learned a few years ago to have a back up of backups.
A Goal Successfully Achieved…
 While I still have about another week of transferring files to the new DS1517+, I am already seeing the benefits of my effort. Photos and files are now easily accessed on my laptop, phone, and Apple TV. I can even work on my photos with CaptureOne, Photo RAW, and Luminar remotely. I’m a happy camper so far.

Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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