Shawn Ng

Migrate to Unraid from Synology

 

Initial

Here is what I have before moving to Unraid

HardwareOSSpecsPurpose
Synology DS918+Synology DSM 7+

J3455

8GB

NAS

  • This runs 24-7-365. Limited by the weak hardware
  • This is not a good use of my electricity if I can't do more with this
Custom laptop 1Linux Mint 20.2

i7-8550U

32GB DDR4 2666MHZ

For development work

  • Unpolished for gaming, slack, zoom, etc
Custom laptop 2Windows 11

i7-10875H

32GB DDR4 3200MHZ

RTX 2060

 General-purpose

  • Can't do 1 & 2 work well

Pain

Why I am unhappy with this setup

  1. When I code, I will use my Windows OS to remote control Linux OS as it's easier to look at one monitor than on multiple screens. I waste time toggling between them. I believe developers may face something similar and hope that we can have an OS that can do everything
  2. If I leave my laptop running jobs that take days. I have to leave it connected to the power supply. This will degrade the laptop battery. Becoming unportable in the long run
  3. If I leave my NAS running 24-7-365, I want to maximize my returns

Unraid

Unraid OS allows sophisticated media aficionados, gamers, and other intensive data-users to have ultimate control over their data, media, applications, and desktops, using just about any combination of hardware.

In my words, an OS that can do everything

  1. I can create Linux and Windows VM that meet my needs => no more struggle choosing Windows / Linux, no dual-boot
  2. I can run docker containers 24/7/365 that are independent of VMs => I can shut down my VMs without affecting the dockers, saving power and resources

Data migration

DiskTypeSize (TB)CostSpeed
WD Red SA500SSD4~$599.99560MB/s; 530MB/s
WD Red ProHDD4~$198.99Up to 164MB/s
WD Red ProHDD18~$669.99Up to 164MB/s

Cost

Usually, people use HDD instead of SSD for big data. Because SSD is very expensive.

If you have 100 TB of data, SSD will cost ~$12,999.75. Peanuts for big companies, but for the average individual, that is expensive.

Speed

SSD is without a doubt faster than HDD.

Specs

CPUAMD RYZEN 9 5900X 3.7GHz 12CORE/24THREAD PCIe 4.0 PROCESSOR
MotherboardASUS TUF GAMING X570-PRO WI-FI AM4 ATX MOTHERBOARD
MemoryG.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3600MHz 64GB CL18
SSD2x WD BLACK SN850 2TB 7000MB/s GEN4 M.2 NVMe SSD
HDD3x SEAGATE IRONWOLF PRO 3.5"14TB 7200RPM SATA NAS HDD
GPU

ASUS TUF GAMING RTX3060Ti O8G V2 GAMING OC TRIPLE FAN GDDR6 GPU

These are the specs I chose. I can future expand to 128 GB RAM and add 4 more HDD if required.

Thoughts

After using this machine for half a year. I am very happy with the result. It's able to do the work of 3 machines with ease. It's convenient as everything is integrated. Won't look back ever again.

Published: 2021-12-03 | Updated: 2022-07-12

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