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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, easy to set up and use, 27 Aug 2013
This review is from: Synology DS213J 2 Bay DiskStation Desktop NAS (Accessory)
There are a few NAS systems on the market, and I eventually went with the Synology due to the number of positive reviews. I wasn't disappointed. This is one of the best experiences I have had setting up new technology. First impressions of the DS213J is that it's smaller than you might expect from the photos. Installing the hard disks is a doddle - just slide off the plastic cover on the side of the NAS, slot the disks into the bays (easy with SATA connections as there are no separate power/data cables to worry about) and secure the hard disks in place with the provided screws (the rubber bushes in the drive bays make this much easier - nice attention to detail). Setting up the system is just a matter of pointing your web browser to the Diskstation. It automatically formats and sets up the disks in a RAID1 (mirrored) configuration, and you're good to go. If you want to use the NAS as a media server, this is a separate download, but takes seconds to do using the package manager. The desktop interface is easy to use, especially for a Windows person like me who's never set foot in the scary world of Linux. One of the best features of this unit is the power-saving capability. You can set it to hibernate (spin down) the disks after a period of inactivity, which reduces power consumption to a few watts and (optionally) switches off the fan. For a typical home setup where the NAS is only used for a few hours a day, this will greatly extend the life of the disks. In practice, I've found that any DLNA devices on your network will keep the Synology awake - presumably when they're scanning the network for media servers - but it hibernates fine when the network is quiet. Overall I'm delighted with this little box - inexpensive secure storage, easy to set up and use, and more features and software than you can shake a stick at. Recommended.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2014 16:57:57 GMT
jay says:
Hi i hope you don't mind me asking what will seem like daft questions. but i want to get this for my husbands birthday and i dont know much about computers. Do I need anything else to go with this? and in the options i am choosing 'enclosure' but the other options are numbers followed by tb???? is it better to choose one of those options or will the enclosure one be ok? many many thanks :) jay x

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Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2014 19:32:45 GMT
Anorakus says:
Hi, the Diskstation itself comes without hard disks - i.e. as a "disk enclosure" - so you'll need to provide two hard disks to go with it. Fortunately Amazon has bundled the Diskstation with pairs of hard disks in varying sizes (as well as the "enclosure only" option if you want to source your own) so you should go for one of the hard disk bundles and then you've got everything you need to get up and running. "tb" refers to the size of the disks in terabytes (1 terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes = 1 million megabytes). How big you want to go depends on what you'll be storing on the Diskstation. 2tb should be sufficient for music and photos, but any disk will fill up eventually so my advice would be to go for the biggest you can afford. If your other half has ideas about storing video, go for the 8tb option as video - especially HD - eats up disk space. One last thing - although you're buying two hard disks, e.g. 2x 2tb, they are set up in a "mirror" configuration. This is for fault tolerance - if one hard disk packs up, your data can be recovered from the other - very important with a disk storage facility. So for the 2x 2tb option, you would have 2tb available storage space. Hope this helps - feel free to ask away if you have any other questions :) x

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2014 18:26:29 GMT
jay says:
Thank you so much :) really appreciate your help xx
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