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post #11 of 19
Yes of course you can use SSD in a NAS.
post #12 of 19
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Yes of course you can use SSD in a NAS.

I'm sure you can, but is there a point if the OS is installed on the machine already with internal memory? Or do you have to install the NAS software on the hard drive you install?
post #13 of 19
There's no point.

On the Synology NASes, the OS is installed to the hard drives when the machine is initialized. It is mirrored by a RAID1 across all installed drives.

Regardless of that, an SSD for a server's OS isn't going to impact anything in any sort of significant way, unless its starts using it for Swap heavily. The reason for this is that services (web server, Bittorrent server, etc etc) load once and then just sit in RAM till used. And why do you care how long it takes for a service to start? Its a server, you're going to start it like twice a year.

Synologys are expensive because they offer the best software experience on the market.
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post #14 of 19
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Would the Synology 412+ be compativle with the Samsung 2TB F4 drives? I have four of them so it could be ideal. If not then I would probably look towards WD for a two 3TB drives or one 4TB.

Also, where is the best place to get a Synology 412+? Amazon? I don't know a whole lot in differences between the models aside from how many drives they can hold, and a few other scant details.
post #15 of 19
The higher end Synologies have more CPU power and/or RAM. I wouldn't worry unless you intend of doing many things at once. I have the 413j, which has a fraction of the speed of the Atom-based 412 you're looking at, and have zero performance issues.

http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/What_kind_of_CPU_does_my_NAS_have


With the 412, you certainly won't have to worry about performance!


Your drives should slide right in. Move any data you want from them off first, though, then move them back on after the Synology is online. You could do this a drive at a time, if you want.
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post #16 of 19
A Synology DiskStation is what you're looking for. With a few clicks you can set up a file server, media server, web development platform and a lot of other things.

We have a few and they're great.
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A Synology DiskStation is what you're looking for. With a few clicks you can set up a file server, media server, web development platform and a lot of other things.

We have a few and they're great.

The drives I have seem to be on their compatibility list. What I have specifically of are these drives. Three of them are unused (only tested new out of box to be in working order), the other one lightly used.

Which are Samsung 2 TB F4 drives. Model HD204UI (ST2000DL004). The only thing is I know they are not fast, but most 2-3TB drives seem to get shaky reviews are are just too expensive.

Two quick questions.

1. Do you run yours in a RAID 1?
2. If it were best to get some other drives, what would be the best bang for buck appropriate drive for this? Those WD Red seem to have over the top failure rate from what I can tell on the Egg.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 2/19/13 at 12:38pm
post #18 of 19
Don't bother getting new drives. There's no benefit to it.

Synology supports a Synology Hybrid Raid. I'd use either that or a RAID5 if you have 4 drives.

If you do RAID1 with 4 2TB drives, you'll only have 2TB of space! A raid 5 or hybrid and you'll get 6TB, and can still endure a single drive failure.
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Hey kevmatic, sorry to resurrect an old thread but i'm looking at buying the 413j and populating it with WD reds also and was wondering if you'd done any stress testing on the unit?

the biggest load i imagine my NAS would need to handle would be two mkv video streams, some torrenting and perhaps an itunes server plus DHCP server.

Would you think the ARM processor is okay to handle all of that based on yoru current experience?
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