I just received my 923+ but was reluctant to even open it to due to its complexity. Spacerex videos are proving to be hugely helpful but I still have a few questions before uboxing my unit.
My main purpose of getting Synology is to store/access my huge library of RAW + JPG image files as a photographer. The appeal of the NAS is also to access photos from anywhere in the world since I travel for work a lot. Currently I have 12TB’s worth of photos on a G-DRIVE external HD which desperately needs to be backed up (and expanded). I purchased 3x IronWolf Pro 12TB drives and I’m not sure if I should set it up as SHR or RAID 5? I bought the 3rd drive with the intention of doing RAID 5 however seeing SHR as an option I could return the 3rd drive to save some money as I likely will be ok with 24TB for now. I know this isn’t a back solution but I do hope Synology drives will be reliable enough for at least 5 years to dump all my files onto and edit off of. Once the NAS is all setup I plan to backup everything onto Backblaze and/or those old HDD’s. Also, do I need the Pro’s or just regular IronWolf?
All that being said, can anyone recommend what I should do for setup and if Synology is for me? I wasn’t planning on dropping $2K CAD on storage so I want to know if it’s worth it or if I’m better off just returning it all and buying more HDD’s.