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Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j


Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j


Synology DS413J Budget-friendly 4-Bay NAS Server for Small Offices and Home Users

  • CPU: 1.6GHz w/ Hardware Encrypted Engine
  • RAM Size: 512MB DDR3
  • Internal HDD: 4x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA2
  • Max Internal Capacity: 16TB (4x 4TB HDD)
  • External HDD Interface: 2x USB 2.0 Ports
  • LAN: 1x Gigabit

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Question by Edward C: Is there a way to create a virtual network drive from excess disk space using a group of workstations?
Is there a utility to allow the creation of a network drive using excess disk space from an array of networked (XP) computers?

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Answer by scott b
You mean, like, you have 5 PCs, each have 30gb free space, and you use some software to merge this into a 150gb network storage “single” disk?? If so, then I’ve never seen it. And, the overhead to manage that would probably require a dedicated machine. And then, you might as well put a drive in it and share it.

Just go and get an inexpensive NAS device instead.

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What customers say about Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j?

  1. 77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My first NAS… and you’re not prying it out of my arms., September 19, 2012
    By 
    Peter Brockie (Astoria, NY) –

    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j (Personal Computers)

    The Synology j series are the “basic” models of their Network Attached Storage products with the “plain” (DS413, DS213) series being midrange and the “+” series being the highest end consumer versions.

    Unlike many other companies, Synology doesn’t artificially cripple their models depending on their cost for the most part. The j series model has all the same features from file sharing, video sharing, IP camera recording, etc. The two things which change between the series are the CPU/RAM and external ports.

    As a j series model the DS413j has only the basic 2x USB 2.0 ports and a 1.6 GHz ARM-based CPU. Moving up the line you start to get things like eSATA, USB 3.0 and SD card readers. The highest end models have either PowerPC (Freescale) or Intel Atom CPUs. Do you need the faster CPU? If you’re just using it for file serving, etc. No. You probably don’t. If you’re going to use the NAS for either photo viewing or video transcoding – yeah, you might want to spend the extra money as the lack of a floating point unit makes image thumbnail generation really slow on the ARM CPUs and some transcoding packages are only available for the x86 Atom chips.

    As for the ARM chip and 512 MB of RAM in this model, it’s pretty easy to max out the processor doing a couple things at once, but it doesn’t really slow things down. Under normal use you won’t notice it. The RAM is rarely full past 40% or so.

    The Good:

    -Supports many RAID types (0, 1, 5, 6, JBOD, Synology’s own RAID, 10, etc).
    -DSM has a great interface and tons of features.
    -Very quiet, cool and well built.
    -Great iOS support. Can view cameras, photos, videos, files, system info via apps.
    -DSM supports USB wi-fi, digital TV dongles*, printers, hard drives.

    The Not So Good:

    -*The DTV dongles supported are NOT compatible in the US/Canada. Overseas only.
    -External hard drives can’t be added to a RAID or shared normally.
    -HFS/HFS+ drives are STILL not supported!
    -Synology charges a lot of money for additional cameras past 1 (around $60 a camera!).

    The good news about the bad stuff is most of it can be added/fixed with software updates.

    UPDATE:

    I’ve had it for a little while now and still no problems. The more I use the iOS apps, the more I find they’re pretty limited (I haven’t tried the photo/video/music ones), but the administration one is quite lame – it’s basically a system info. Even the mobile web interface is pretty much a list of settings with no way to change them.

    The DS413 is now listed on Amazon for a less than $100 difference. In hindsight I would probably have gotten the DS413 over the DS413j. Why? Double the memory – although it is rarely used in my day-to-day tasks, I suspect it is the main limiting factor when new OS updates come out. I wouldn’t be surprised if the extra $100 gets you one for version than the j (getting cut off at DSM 7.0 instead of 6.0 or whatever).

    One thing I did notice, however, is the blue power LED is -insanely- bright. It might as well be a flashlight!

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  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great NAS for the money !!!!, October 9, 2012
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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j (Personal Computers)

    I picked up this NAS from Amazon for 379.99 and filled it with four 2TB drives. This is hands down the best NAS I have ever used for the home. I would easily recommend this NAS for home and small business networks (20 or less PCs with no server).

    The performance is great when plugged into a gigabit network, I get great write an read speeds. The only complaint on accessing files when the unit is waking up from “hibernation”…. SLOW wake up time. For a quick sec you wonder if you PC is connecting to the drive or thinking about connecting. Once it wakes up and the drives start spinning it is off to the races!

    With ANY NAS software is the key. Synology’s DSM 4.1(Disk Station Manager)is what separates this NAS from other products. They also have great iPhone and Android apps that let you access all your files from you phone or tablet. This NAS lets you create your own cloud and it works! QNAP makes good stuff, but for easy of use and features I am sticking with Synology. A little pricey compared to other NASes, but I am glad I spent the extra money. I was going to build a NAS with FreeNAS and an old PC, but the thought of burning electricity all the time made me spend the money on the DiskStation DS413j.

    Would highly recommend.

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  3. 23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My 2nd NAS, October 10, 2012
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    April Cruz “Empressofmoon” (Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA) –
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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413j (Personal Computers)

    Not technically my first NAS, but I barely had the DLINK 320 for a month and got soooo frustrated with it I returned it. Then I caved in to buy this one. You get what you pay for. Synology really is the best NAS. The instructions were a bit limited in the box, but their forums and wiki made installing a breeze. Basically open the device, pop in the drive. It comes with some screws to hold them in place. ( Figuring out which goes with what type of drive was probably the hardest part of the installation).
    Turn on the unit and place the CD in your computer. I have a mac and installation was easy peasy. Once I installed with it I played around in the software. The longest part of the installation would be creating a volume. However, in their defense I did not make it easy. I started the system with a 1.5TB, bought a 3TB the next day and then the following added another 1.5TB. The CPU never runs about 60% so far. I can stream to WDTV Live HD player via Network Share or as a Media Server. Their applications are awesome and work well on my iPad, iPhone and my boyfriends Android and his Android tablet . I will be mainly using it to stream media and back up our computers. What ever you need to know can be found in the manual. I do recommend reading it before you start to set all of your services. 5 Stars overall. I will update after a few months.

    On a side note when it comes to choosing your NAS, software and support is really KEY. The DSM software is definitely the easy to understand. I highly recommend this brand for novices like me.

    Update for Novices***
    Install your Applications First…
    To access remotely or with Apps you will need the NAS IP address. First open EZ Internet and set up ( click through router if you have it connected through a wireless router). Then select the services you would like to use. Lastly create a DDNS account. THe application with automatically configure your router.
    To find the IP address you will need to enter into the app click the Control Panel and then select DDNS. **

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