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Hey Guys, just got a Synology Diskstation DS413 and I am trying to decide how to setup the RAID configuration for the hard drives. This version has 4 Bays, so it supports the following:
Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1, Basic to RAID 5, RAID 1 to RAID 5, RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 5
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type : RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10

Before I go into details etc let me just say this:
I am quite familiar with the statement and the reason behind it:
RAID is not a backup!

Hence I have an extra external drive that will be connected to the Synology Diskstation DS413 as a backup drive to copy the most important things to on a regular basis.

Always have a backup of your data and a backup of your backup if possible/necessary. thumb.gifbiggrin.gif

Here is the background information on my whole scenario:

I am thinking of installing 4 x 2TB drives at least maybe the WD 2TB Reds (Any other suggestions?). So the minimum space available depending on RAID choice is 4TB.

The device will be used to download and store, movies, music, photos (high quality - mostly RAW files), streaming ( LAN and WAN), file sharing FTP/HTTPS/HTTP for various family members etc and as a home NAS for backups of home PCS. At a later time my needs may go and additional functions will be added, but these are the most important right now.

So my questions are
1. What RAID solution do you suggest and why?
2. Which 2TB Hard drives are best suited based on price, reliability and performance?

Synology Diskstation DS413


PS: Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) is similar to RAID 5
Synology Hybrid RAID 2 (SHR-2) is similar to RAID 6

Synology RAID Calculator -
Edited by Jamar16 - 5/10/13 at 12:17pm