I’ve had my Synology Diskstation ds415+ network attached storage device since late 2015, replacing my custom FreeNAS box. It came with 2GB of RAM, which is fine for basic file serving, but limited when running multiple applications, including Docker containers. Once applications start swapping onto the hard disks, everything starts grinding to a halt. I finally reached the breaking point on this last night when I had to reboot the NAS once more.
Several months ago, I added a new item to my keychain: a 32GB USB memory stick. This blog post is about what I did to make the most of this little device so that it would be able to: Support file transfers among operating systems (primarily Mac OS X, and Windows) Support files larger than 4GB Be bootable for rescue purposes (using Hiren’s Boot CD)