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I'm preparing an 'emergency IT' document for my good lady in the case of CORVID-19 ending my existence on this plane of existence. She works in a technological job but not in IT so if I do come to pass away I'm looking to leave the NAS to a friend.

Now I'd rather not leave access logon details for that friend (confidential data etc), so would I be able to leave the NAS to him 'as is' and then he could use a method of wiping it securely and reinitialising it from scratch?

So if such a methodology available?

Morbid I know but you do have to think of these things.....
 

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Then back to your request, I have two recommendations:

1. in such case you can prepare independent user account for your friend, to be able save some important data for your wife from the disks (e.g. looking at photos later helps us remember ...). It’s up to your choice.

2. Reset of the NAS is best choice, how to install plain system again.
Details in Synology KB
To be sure, it isn’t a wiping, for such methods of data destroying you need special SW, e.g. Acronis True Image, ... or big, really big hammer
 
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I'm preparing an 'emergency IT' document for my good lady in the case of CORVID-19 ending my existence on this plane of existence. She works in a technological job but not in IT so if I do come to pass away I'm looking to leave the NAS to a friend.
I wish you and every one the best of health and a prosperous life.
I suggest looking into encrypted shared folders too. Keep very sensitive data in there. You mount the folders with a password and if the NAS is restarted, the password is needed to mount the folder. You can also mount and dismount at will.
 
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It seems to me that "wiping the NAS to protect the information from potential spies" is a different proposition from "wiping the NAS so my friend, whom I trust, can make use of it without being bothered by any of my own configuration and information, as if he had just bought it. Though...I don't want to go so far as to give him my own credentials before I pass away."

If your situation is the latter, then you would instruct your friend that, at your demise, he should do a reset using a paperclip on the reset button for four seconds. This will cause the NAS to reboot with an empty admin password. He then logs in as admin, gives it a password of his choice, and goes to Control Panel / Update & Restore / Reset / Erase All Data. Then, reboot the NAS. It will reawaken and, after asking permission, erase all the data and configuration from the NAS, and put it in the condition it would be as if he'd just bought it from the store.
 
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Let's make it E-A-S-Y... Since we're talking about a 918+ ... which probably has a 4-disk SHR, the task is simple... remove two disks while the NAS is running (or if off, remove two disks and power on the NAS).

Poof... volume (and files) gone.

Then, your friend could reinstall the two disks and start fresh within 5 minutes. No need to give him access to your existing volume.
 

jeyare

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summary:

1. in such case you can prepare independent user account for your friend, to be able save some important data for your wife from the disks (e.g. looking at photos later helps us remember ...). It’s up to your choice.

2. @follow @WST16, if you have (or you will) also Encrypted Shared folder in usage, and you would like to keep the action from point No. 1, you need also write an Encrypt Key (used during setup of the Encryption) for your friend and also used setup in Key Manager (USB, Passphrase,...). Otherwise he can’t open any Encrypted data in your NAS.

3. Reset of the NAS is best choice, how to install plain system again. As was clarified also by @akahan
Details in Synology KB
 

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You can also consider using Synology C2 Backup to keep a secure vault of you confidential/personal data. Then one would only need Hyper Backup Explorer app or Web access plus the username/password and secret key to recover the data without the NAS.

If you kept this NAS data on an encrypted Shared Folder (see previous comments) then the NAS can be wiped without having to first expose the confidential data.

It would need the C2 subscription to be maintained, and sharing the login info with you wife.... we use 1Password and a shared vault for these credentials, with a note on how to use it.
 
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Cheers guys a full reset of the NAS is what I'll document. Hoping of course to get thorough the situation, but best to be pepared :)
 

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The you have to move here (SVK), we have really small spread of COVID-19, and I must say better beer than in UK :cool: , but I'm looking for a borders opening, because I need drive to Netherlands help to my son move back
 

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