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Old 11-28-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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Good morning, all. Hope you all enjoyed your holiday!

My sister-in-law is a photographer who currently works primarily for a local studio doing mostly weddings, parties, mitzvah's, etc. She is currently transitioning to working on her own with the recent launch of her website/social media pages. For her studio, all shoots are backed up on an external hard drive and also backed up to their in-house server. Now that she is doing some shoots on her own, she needs her own server or NAS to backup client pics to. Having been out of touch with hardware the past few years, I would like some recommendations on a setup for her. I am thinking of a 2 bay NAS and she can just pop out drives when max capacity is reach and store them away. Each shoot averages 30-40 gb's (although, I plan to show her how to compress to zip/rar). Anybody have any recommendations on a hardware setup? I think an NAS is the easiest and best option for something like this. Outside of her photography software (photoshop and lightroom) she is not too computer savvy so it must be an easy setup with little to no maintenance since I would get stuck doing that.

NAS is the best option, right? Any recommendations on which one and any drives to go with it? This weekend is probably a great time to buy with all the holiday/black friday/cyber monday deals.

Thanks
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:34 AM
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People who are serious about NAS seem to always favor one brand, Synology. Rock-solid hardware and easy to set up. Also, a good NAS will have the ability to sync itself to off-site backups. Since you mentioned backups, this is a feature to look for.

Someone's livelihood is at stake here, OP. This is not the time to go with a Black Friday deal on an off brand.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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People who are serious about NAS seem to always favor one brand, Synology. Rock-solid hardware and easy to set up. Also, a good NAS will have the ability to sync itself to off-site backups. Since you mentioned backups, this is a feature to look for.

Someone's livelihood is at stake here, OP. This is not the time to go with a Black Friday deal on an off brand.
Thanks for the recommendation on Synology. I will look into them.

As far as a black friday deal... if it's a solid product from a solid brand, what is the problem with getting it for cheaper?
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:55 AM
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As far as a black friday deal... if it's a solid product from a solid brand, what is the problem with getting it for cheaper?
Are you truly committed to a solid brand or are you looking for the low bidder?

Synology NAS devices are rarely marked down. There are cheaper solutions out there, but you also mentioned how important ease of use and dependability were. Personally, I wouldn't just go with whatever Best Buy puts on sale this weekend for backing up files that are needed for someone's work.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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I don't have any recommendations but just wanted to mention zipping image files will not give you much if any savings on disk space. There are some benefits, it's lot faster to transfer one large file than a bunch of small ones between devices.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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Are you truly committed to a solid brand or are you looking for the low bidder?

Synology NAS devices are rarely marked down. There are cheaper solutions out there, but you also mentioned how important ease of use and dependability were. Personally, I wouldn't just go with whatever Best Buy puts on sale this weekend for backing up files that are needed for someone's work.
Yes, ease of use and dependability are important. If I wasn't committed to a solid brand/product and was willing to just buy anything on sale, I wouldn't be posting in various forums for recommendations. With that said, I still see zero issue with saving money on solid product with a proven track record.

Again, thank you for the recommendation and I will continue to research.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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I don't have any recommendations but just wanted to mention zipping image files will not give you much if any savings on disk space. There are some benefits, it's lot faster to transfer one large file than a bunch of small ones between devices.
Thanks. Maybe compression isn't of any benefit to her. Transfer time isn't as big of an issue. Thought maybe compression might help reduce file size.
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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Thanks. Maybe compression isn't of any benefit to her. Transfer time isn't as big of an issue. Thought maybe compression might help reduce file size.
It would if they were text files like Word documents, those can be reduced as much as 90%. Data files like images and video can't be compressed any more with something like Zip where you get the same exact file when it's uncompressed. If they could be compressed more without quality loss they would already be using it in the image file formats themselves.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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It would if they were text files like Word documents, those can be reduced as much as 90%. Data files like images and video can't be compressed any more with something like Zip where you get the same exact file when it's uncompressed. If they could be compressed more without quality loss they would already be using it in the image file formats themselves.
Certainly makes sense! Thanks!

Now, hopefully, I can get some more recommendations on which NAS's to look into.

Thanks again for the help thus far everyone.
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I am a big fan of Sans Digital.
I use a few of their products in mission critical business applications.

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