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Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black)


Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black)


Synology Disk Station DS411SLIM 4-Bay SATA NAS Server for Home and Small Office

  • CPU Frequency: 1.6GHz
  • Memory: DDR3 256MB
  • Internal HDD: 4x 2.5″ SATA
  • LAN: 1x Gigabit
  • Power Recovery
  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100~240 V

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Question by jr: How can I use a network external hard disk as a USB external hard disk?
I have a Maxtor 300GB network external hard disk that can only be connected by an ethernet cable. If I use it as a network drive, it is terribly slow and causes the computer to freeze. I would like to use it as a USB external hard drive to back up data. Please advise. Thanks!

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Answer by Stanto
If the hard disk enclosure only has ethernet as a connection option then that’s the extent of it.

If your system has gigabit capability at the storage enclosure, switch and PC level, check all are enabled. Also enabling jumbo framing on the devices can improve performance.

You may consider alternative access protocols apart from windows filie system (slow) such as ftp or http if the device supports it.

Another option is to consider buying a USB external enclosure, and moving your current hard disk into this.

Beforehand, you will need to open your existing enclosure and determine the disk type (PATA or SATA) and the size (2.5″ or 3.5″). This will determine the type of USB enclosure to buy.

The disk may already be formatted in EXT2 or EXT3 so be aware that drivers such as EXT2 IFS may be required.

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What customers say about Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black)?

  1. 102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solves the noise problem, April 3, 2011
    By 
    Wonderboy (Lausanne, Switzerland) –

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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black) (Personal Computers)
    After ogling this for weeks I cracked down and pulled the trigger. It arrived a couple of days ago. So far I have been running the following (in parallel):

    * migration of my backups and media library (from Readynas NV+), about 460 GB
    * watched a movie
    * played music on the Squeezebox Touch
    * a remote backup of another Synology Diskstation over the Internet, 45GB
    * hourly time machine backups (continuing on the sparsebundle from the NV+
    * download of 4GB BitTorrent.

    Even with the disks that busy, the fan sometimes turns completely off. The CPU temperature is consistently at 64 degrees Celsius and the 2 disks are at 42 degrees. My take on the temperature discussion is that these are the temperatures that both hard drives and CPU are designed for and running at these temperatures allows for a super quiet NAS.

    This has less than half of the footprint and less than a quarter of the volume of the NV+. It looks quite futuristic, too. Works perfectly with currently 2 Western Digital 1 TB Scorpio Blue SATA 5200 RPM 8 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Notebook Hard Drive WD10TPVT. Much faster response than the NV+ when e.g. opening a folder, accessing the admin interface or picking and starting a song on the squeezebox.

    I have only good things to say about it.

    UPDATE (4/8/11)
    Likely not related to the DS411slim, but nevertheless important for those who migrate from another NAS: Make sure you verify that the data is there after you copied it. I noticed skipping on a certain song that went away when I recopied the song from its original location. Upon comparing my old NAS with the DS411slim, many instances of corrupted data were discovered. I am using beyond compare, and compared a whole night long until I figured out that I did it wrong and didn’t discover any inconsistencies. Now that I’m doing it right, many corrupted files have been discovered, and I fortunately could recopy them before reformatting and selling my old NAS. Look up file comparison in Wikipedia for a list of tools you can use. Probably there are safer mechanisms than I used to migrate the data in the first place, but this is definitely something to watch out for.

    UPDATE (5/31/11)
    Still looking good. Noticed that a 1 volume set-up using all available disk space cannot be changed later without reformatting. If you add a drive, it will extend the existing volume, it won’t allow you to add a new volume on the additional space. For older Apple OS’ Time Machine works better under iSCSI and iSCSI is faster on its own partition:
    […] /How_to_use_the_iSCSI_Target_Service_on_the_Synology_DiskStation#How_to_create_an_iSCSI_Target_on_the_Synology_DiskStation

    UPDATE (2/21/12)
    The DS411 has been used nonstop with a lot of downloading video, backing up another NAS remotely, playing music on the Squeezebox and time machine backup for 2 MacBooks. Not a hitch. Once a bit of dust got caught in the fan making a little noise, pulled it out, that’s it. As much pleasure with this unit as on the first day. None of the concerns voiced by other reviewers have materialized.

    UPDATE (7/28/13)
    Still not a single problem. The DSM software has been getting continuously better and all updates went through easily. Even though the station is on nonstop, none of the hard drives have ever failed and the S.M.A.R.T. status for all is normal. Today I just added Amazon Glacier backup for the family photos. While it takes a little bit of frowning, I’d say they make it as easy as possible: create an AWS account, add payment option, then enter the AWS key and secret key in the NAS, choose which folders to back up, that’s all. You don’t even need to create a vault on the Amazon end, the DS does that automatically.

    With the model now 2.5 years old it I was hoping for a successor that I can recommend to friends who want to buy a NAS now – but it seems there is still none in sight. Maybe DS411slim is still going too strong for them to worry about that – at least it seems there aren’t many comparable devices out there, and the price hasn’t changed in 2.5 years!

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  2. 63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    High Idle Temps Make This No Go, May 21, 2011
    By 
    C. ROMER “argyx” (St Louis) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black) (Personal Computers)
    “…the fan does not spin while the unit hibernates and the CPU, which does NOT throttle down, sits scant millimeters away from drive four.”

    My initial testing of this unit was very favorable. Read speeds over 90MB/s, using basic 5400 RPM drives, on AFP with a 2011 MacBook Pro through an HP ProCurve 1GB switch. Writes speeds, using RAID 5, drop to half of this, which is still acceptable for a typical environment (i.e. home or small office share).

    The size has to be seen first hand to appreciate how compact the unit is. The styling is nice, and the management software Synology’s DiskStation Manager is pleasant to look at as well as easy to use (despite some options being scattered about).

    However, PC transfer speeds (W7 on i7 with SSD over HP ProCurve 1GB, using FastCopy, and optimized network settings) seem to be much slower. I had trouble topping 50MB/s, while an i5 MacBook Pro can manage 70-90 MB/s on the same setup. Also, the CPU is banging away at 80% during single writes. I have doubts this would scale well.

    Still, it’s the idling unit temperatures that have been causing users issues (check Synology forums). Synology replies with temperature specs that are incredible. “76C is normal because 105C is the max, and the unit shuts down at 95C” (paraphrasing). In other words 167F is ok, because Synology doesn’t consider it an issue until 203F!

    To be clear, this is when the unit is Hibernating. Once everything is up and running, the unit cools down considerably. This is so even when all four drives are pushed to the max. The reason is the fan does not spin while the unit hibernates and the CPU, which does NOT throttle down, sits scant millimeters away from drive four. Synology considers the act of slowly baking your drives to be acceptable in their design.

    If you do buy it, consider using no more than three drives. Also, check into the fan speed hacks, but do so with this warning. This is a direct quote from support:

    “There are users on the forum who have submitted ways to edit the fan tables, but this voids our offer of support and you will need to proceed at your own discretion.”

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  3. 23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing, April 7, 2011
    By 
    Chad (United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411slim (Black) (Personal Computers)
    This is the most advanced little NAS i’ve ever seen. The style, quality and physical layout of the NAS to the user interface and simple tools used to get it working. It supports all raids from 1,0,10,5,6 and even some others i’ve never heard of.

    I am still thrown back at the size, it fits in the palm of your hand and has 4 hard drives in it. It’s silent except when its working hard even then its a whisper.

    The other thing that amazed me is the user interface, no more remote desktop non sense no more windows Server head aches no complicated command line. You login via a web browser gui, just like a home router if you’ve ever used go to assist express or something similar it reminds me of that.

    I have a high resolution 30 inch monitor, and the gui looked amazing. It’s fast, very intuitive and easy to use.

    I put in 4 500GB western digital drives in raid 6, that amounts to around 922GB of usable storage. Raid 6 can lose 2/4 hard drives and still recover the data.

    The free updates of the software is an awesome deal. they come often too, 3.1 was just released and I upgraded to it painlessly without having to register on the site. The unit also can do upgrades on its own within its software automatically.

    the initial setup was painless, it comes with no software preinstalled as in os, so you install the hard drives in the racks, hooked it up to your network, power it on and use the initial setup app, this finds the nas on the network, which was given an ip via dhcp and allows you to right click on it in a list and tell it to install. It gives you a status on where it is with configuring drives, formatting and installing the software. then you login using a webgui, default username is admin with a blank password.

    Here you configure the hard drives in a raid configuration based on how many hard drives you have. setup usernames accounts etc. Everything gui based similiar to windows but much more streamlined, simple and easy.

    Great nas, and considering a Windows media server costs just as much this device is a no brainer. Synology will be touted every where I see a place for it. Synology will get bought by a bigger competitor, no doubt about it. Amazing stuff.

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