Automate mounting of external USB storage for Synology Hyper Backup

I have the habit of having additional copies of back ups (partial and not full) from the Synology NAS to an external USB storage device like the Seagate Expansion Desktop. However, I want the external USB storage to be visible (i.e. mounted) to the Synology NAS only when the Hyper Backup task is running and not visible (i.e. unmounted) at other times with the hope of mitigating ill effects of ransomware attacks. I managed to achieve it using Task Scheduler and careful planning of backup windows for Hyper Backup tasks. I have put together this guide to show you how it is done.

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Qualifying hard disk drive for long term use

Do you check if the hard disk drive (HDD) is serviceable before using it? Nowadays, the emphasis on storage reliability has silently increased as more people are leveraging network attached storage (NAS) and external storage enclosures to back up their data. But what makes these storage solutions reliable? The building blocks – HDD! How do one ensure the new HDD is reliable? Personally, I qualify them using a Linux utility call badblocks and I recommend you do something similar too.

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IronWolf Health Management on Synology’s NAS

Seagate and Synology collaborated to include the IronWolf Health Management feature into Synology’s NAS. IronWolf Health Management monitors the health of Seagate IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series of hard disks more accurately than the usual S.M.A.R.T utility. Aside from monitoring the drive parameters traditionally used by S.M.A.R.T utility, IronWolf Health Management monitors more than 200 drive parameters that may influence the health state of hard disk.

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Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

The Synology DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology’s “Plus” series of NAS appliances. It is for IT professionals and small businesses who wants an affordable four-bay network storage with growth in the future. With the Synology DX513 expansion unit, the DS916+ becomes a nine-bay NAS that boasts 90TB of raw storage (9 x 10TB) with great data protection features.

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