Summary: I used to build my own storage systems, but after dealing with ongoing support issues (e.g., notification of drive failure) I decided it would be better, even if not cheaper, to use specialty hardware and software.
Pros: Simple and flexible configuration. Although you can directly control LVM and RAID, the "Synology Hybrid Raid" gives all of the advantages without any of the complexity. You can add drives to expand the storage array (instead of having to make new volumes from additional drives). You can also incr...
Cons: expensive and doesn't do hot swap (of course, what does). First unit was defective (though replaced by NewEgg/Synology without hassle -- I don't remember the details, it was three years ago).
Summary: I have had this device for two years and it gives me some peace of mind. For people who have tons of photos, videos and other digital items that you want safe, this is a good step to take. I put 4 WD 2TB hard drives in the 4 bays.
Summary: I purchased the DS413 primarily for a backup system, and in this area it’s been a letdown. While it does indeed back up my files, it is very slow and gives poor feedback. I started a backup about 50 minutes ago, and the backup software (Synology Data Replicator) still shows an empty progress bar, an...
Pros: Fast, highly capable NAS appliance, easy to set up and manage, quiet, compact, attractive design, nice user interface.
Cons: Doesn't seem to last. The original unit started to spontaneously shut down at random times after 13 months. The USB ports on the reconditioned replacement unit (under warranty) from Synology never did work right and within six weeks it was doing the same spontaneous shut down thing the first one ...
Absolutely hands down the best device I have ever owned
9 July 2014
Summary: Absolutely hands down the best device I have ever owned. This changed my multimedia nightmare of a life to a simplified photo and video management, love the DS Downloader, and now have Roku devices that play all movies and photos though this device.
Summary: Synology has a very attractive website and some great graphics that lead you to believe it's a very user friendly product, but try finding simple instructions on setting up your diskstation and you're not going to find it. The instructions you do find only explain the ideal scenario.
Summary: I bought this as a gift for my husband for Christmas. . . he has spent subsequent months uploading our movies and dvds to it so that we can access them from anywhere. Honestly, I know nothing about this stuff but it has been a convenient investment for us (I can access our home music libraries...
Summary: I bought this to replace my Drobo and have no regrets. Faster than my Drobo. Interface is awesome, has many installable apps -- everything from video/audio/email/web servers to Wordpress. I have no complaints. One of my harddrives is going out and the unit emailed me to let me know -- fantastic!
Summary: It does not work as advertized on the hibernation. It is constantly waking up, wich consumes energy and adds a lot of wear and tear to (very expensive) hard disks. Plus, even in hibernation the fans are always on.