What to do with a working Synology NAS that has reached end of life (no longer receives updates)?

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What to do with a working Synology NAS that has reached end of life (no longer receives updates)?

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Hi,

I'm new here and not sure where to put this thread. Happy for a mod to move it if I've chosen an unsuitable section.

I'm still using a basic 10-year old Synology NAS (DS213). All I really use it for is simple file serving on home network via SMB and as a backup target for machines within home network, so I've never felt the need to upgrade. As it can't be updated to DSM 7 it will stop receiving security patches when DSM 6.2 reaches end of extended life phase in about a year's time.

I may finally upgrade to a newer NAS (or just switch to using a standard PC as a "NAS") but being thrifty by nature I'm just curious if there is anything I can do to extend the life of this machine even further? I've installed lightweight Linux distros on a couple of my old Windows PCs and I'm wondering if I can do anything similar with my NAS (i.e. install a lightweight open source NAS OS)? Alternatively is there a way to just turn it into a DAS enclosure?

Or some other interesting thing I could do with it instead of sending it to the recyclers?
 
I am sort of leaning that way now that I know there are people who still buy these older machines, so will be able to offset some of the cost. But it seems to me I need to first determine if there is anything I will use it for beyond what I already use it for (simple local file sharing and backup target). I know there are tons of additional things I can do with it so the question is more whether I will actually make use of any of those things. If not, I guess its probably not worth upgrading and I should just keep using the existing one with the various security precautions mentioned in this thread :unsure:
I think it's going to be one of those, 'you'll know when you need to upgrade' type of things. Until then, just enjoy it. :)
 
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