It's a good idea to run Xpenology on free operating systems like Free NAS as a VM and then operate from there on, get a static IP, and maybe a domain (pretty cheap, try namecheap). To make backup of NAS, Separate your data as sensitive and not so painful if lost. Backup sensitive data in cold storage (maybe external HDDs on regular intervals (you can decide based on sensitivity)). Another thing along with backup is to provide your NAS with data redundancy by adding a Parity drive which will recreate your data if a drive in your NAS fails. look at different RAID types to learn more. Though you mentioned about unable to use unraid system, you can still look at the way it stores information and protects data.i have a spare PC , 8gen i5. 16gb ram. samsung 250gb for boot ssd and 8tb*2 HDD. wanted to go expenology ways , only catch is that i might need to pull to put data when travelling. . unraid etc are too much for me and paying 40k for that old propritory synology hardware is something i dont want to.
NAS will be used for data backup and mostly mobile pics and videos backup. but i need to find way to backup NAS too . Any Guide on that ?
To summarize, Get Free NAS > Run VM > Run Xpenology > Separate data > Take backups. You can also save configs and other things to cloud services like Mega, Google drive etc... Xpenology provides various ways to connect.
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