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After some issues with the usb attached external hdd (a WD My Book that one of my cats managed to break the usb connector on <- don't ask, it's a cat) and some digging around the internet, I'm taking the plunge into NAS and have decided to go with the DS413j (multiple "spare" hdd lying around). I'm wondering about the hdd's I can use, you see I have two 1Tb WD hdd I'm thinking about using. The first is a Western Digital WD Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM, the second is out of an older Western Digital My Book (a Green 5400rpm iirc) and a third is a WD 120Gb lying around doing nothing that I'll be using as a junk drive. I know in the old days when you built a RAID array, both drives had to be the same make and model. With these new NAS would I be able build a RAID-1 array with them just being the same size or would I have to ensure they are identical to one another? Thanks in advance.

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The problem is going to be the 120GB drive, if the NAS supports JBOD then you can use them all as 1 large space, but the most you have there with your drives is going to be Raid0 1TB's (2TB total) Raid 1 (1TB total) or the other drives will be cut down to 120GB total if using the 120GB with the others (not recommended).

If you're going to be doing a NAS, i'd recommend getting all similar drives thus minimizing potential issues.
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All I'm wondering is with the WD Black and Green, even though they're the same size with different rpm, will I be able to put them into a RAID-1 array? So if I'm understanding your reply correctly, I can do that with the 1Tb drives, correct? My plan for the 120Gb if for it to just be a "Basic" drive in the system as the DS413j can support up to 2 RAID arrays or 4 single drives (Basic) or any combination in between. The 120Gb will be eliminated eventually as I replace it with a pair of 750Gb Seagates from my laptop. smile.gif

According to their website the following RAID combinations are available thumb.gif -

Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10
RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1, Basic to RAID 5, Basic to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 1 to RAID 5, RAID 1 to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 5 to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD : RAID 5
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If you keep the 120GB drive out of the RAID array, it should function alright. Performance will be heavily impacted, but I doubt that NAS unit is high enough performance that'd you'd really notice. tongue.gif Most of those cheaper units can't even reliably push more than 30-50MB/sec. You'd probably notice the slowdown the most when copying small files from the unit.
     
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