Upgrading the Synology 106e firmware to to 3.1 (And 3.2)

I own one of the first Synology NAS’s ever made, the 106e. Synology stopped the development of new firmware for this model a few years back, but because many of the Synology devices are based on the same hardware it is still possible to upgrade the 106 series to higher than supported firmware. This article will tell you in detail how to do this.

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When the Windows installer thinks it’s smarter than you…

If you are going to install Windows 7 on a brand new drive, you’ll run into something of a small fight with the installer when you want to partition your drive.
Everything will look as usual… But when you try to create that first partition the installer will throw this in your face:

“To ensure that all Windows features work correctly, Windows might create additional partitions for system files.”

Translated to English this means: “Windows will ALWAYS create a pointless 100megabyte partition that you don’t want.”

If you click Yes, you’ll get your partition, but also a 100MB partition just in front of it. A partition that you didn’t order.

If you click No, you’ll get nothing done at all. Not even the partition you just defined. Basically Microsoft made it impossible to skip this step.

So is the partition really that important?

  1. No, If your drive is already partitioned when you start the Windows installation, Windows will install and the installer will not complain/warn you about a single thing.
  2. No, This partition is used for the windows bootloader, and is only required if you want to use the Bitlocker feature. However, Bitlocker is only available in Windows Enterprise and Ultimate editions. A normal Windows Home installer will still try to create it for some obscure reason.

So, how do we get rid of it?

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Tricks to make your reinstalls quicker

Lets face it. No matter what Microsoft (and Apple by the way) says, there are times where you just need to completely wipe your machine for everything thats on it, and start over.

In fact some people who are not afraid of messing with their pcs do reinstalls fairly often. Reinstalls are good for your pc. Reinstalling cleans up your mess. Reinstalling forces you to make a backup. Reinstalling cleans out bad things like virus and malware. And as an added bonus your pc will often feel like it got a speed boost as well because a lot of all that crap you just installed for fun is gone after the big clean up 🙂

A typical excuse, of why not to do a reinstall, is that it takes a long time. Luckily there are a few simple things you can do to greatly speed up the time it takes for you to reinstall a pc.

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Backing up your data before a reinstall

When helping people do a reinstall the question always comes up: “We’re going to delete the entire harddrive. What do you need saved?”  and the answer is always a stupid: “Just save everything!

Because this is usually some sort of “work situation” I usually resort to a long kind explanation. Really, inside my own mind, I do a facepalm while shouting “Look pal! If we save EVERYTHING, we’re also bringing the ERRORS and the entire MESS along to your new installation. That would sort of make this a huge waste of time, right?
The person who knows best what to save is not your favorite IT geek, it’s someone else….

Yes, its YOU!

Creating a backup of your important data is the beginning of every reinstall and while it can be time consuming its actually really easy. This article will tell you how to do it, and give pointers to where to look for all your stuff.

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PC reinstall from A to Z

As a “computer geek” I often find myself helping with reinstalling peoples pcs from scratch. For some reason this still seems like a task that people can’t seem to manage on their own. Some people see this task as something that takes several days… but really, if you just follow some basic rules on your setup, a complete reinstall does not need to take more than an hour.

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