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A few years back I was looking for a storage solution. There were many options out there but most involved an external hard drive. This had a single flaw though, if I wasn’t going to be using this as a portable drive it would be plugged into one machine. How could I access the files from other machines? Sure I could setup a share but then the host computer would have to always be on. After searching the net I decided Network Attached Storage (NAS) was my solution. However I didn’t know which brand to go with. There are many brands out there that now have network interfaces for their external storage devices. I stumbled upon Synology, and honestly it has been the best device I have ever owned.

 

Now it is impossible for me to blog everything that makes a Synology NAS so great in just one post. This post will be more of an introduction and I will post new articles for each feature I use on my NAS. So to complete this post I want to describe the NAS I chose. I went with the DS409. Of course this was a few years back and Synology has since released newer models. I bought mine back in 2009, at that time the price was roughly $470. At that time money was a large factor in setting up my NAS. I wanted to fill it with four 2TB drives. However, 2TB drives were extremely expensive at that time. I decided to go with 4 1TB drives at roughly $80 a pop. I know some people out there are very serious about their drives and research the hell out of them before finding the right one. I’ll admit I was a little careless and bought drives that had high user ratings but that weren’t necessarily designed for NAS use. Needless to say, almost 4 years later I haven’t had a single glitch. So the grand total of my whole NAS was around $850. To some that is absurd and the price doesn’t justify the solution that the NAS is providing. I’ll be honest I was a little hesitant at first as well. But in time, I have truly regarded this as the single be purchase of computer equipment I have ever made.

My NAS Key Specs.

CPU Frequency: 1.2GHz
Memory: 256MB
HDD Bays: 4
HDD Size: 3.5″ SATA(II)
Max Capacity: 8TB 4x2TB
Current Capacity: 4TB 4x1TB
RAID Supported: Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10
Current RAID: RAID 5, 3TB
External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port x2, eSATA port x1
Size (HxWxD): 184mm x 168mm x 230mm
LAN: GIGABIT port x1
Fan: 80mm x2
CPU: Marvell Kirkwood mv6281 ARM
Supported File Systems: EXT4, EXT3, FATNTFS

A full list of specifications can be found on the Synology Website. These were just the key features I was interested in when shopping around for a NAS box. As I said before, I am extremely happy with my NAS. I recommend anyone that is seriously looking to solve storage needs to go with a Synology device. I look forward to sharing more about my setup and some really cool features that Synology has to offer.

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