Help Me Move Into a NAS
January 24, 2012 11:27 AM Subscribe
My computer died last night after a power outage/surge, despite the "surge protector". Rather than rebuild a computer that just sits in the basement, I'm going to go with a NAS. Hope me make the transition to a NAS, I have some questions!
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First, I'm most likely looking at getting a Synology DS212J. I'm considering the 4-bay Synology DS411J, but cost is an issue right now.
My old computer had two 1TB drives inside of it, which I'd like to use in the NAS.
1) Can I just plug the two hard drives into the NAS, and use the data on them (plus wipe remnants of the system?)
2) Can I transition the two into RAID while keeping my data, or will I have to format them?
3) If I do have to format them, I'd still like to keep a lot of the data! Can I buy a cheapo USB enclosure, and plug that drive full of data directly into the NAS to pull data off of it? Or will I have to run it through my MacBook (which I can only imagine will take FOREVER)?
Thanks so much!