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Synology DS212J Diskless System DiskStation Budget-friendly 2-bay NAS Server for Small Office and Home Use
  • 24/7 Power-Saving Download Server
  • DLNA Certified Media Server
  • Effortless Backup
  • Anywhere Access
  • Power-saving with only 17.6 Watts in Operation


Excellent simple two disk/Raid NAS. I upgrade to Synology because of the comments on it and I agree its great compared to the Buffalo Linkstation QUAD that I purchased some years ago and the UI was no longer functional. On the DS212J I installed 500G Samsung HD502j that was in Linkstation Quad formatted the disk and copied over from the Linkstation the backup sets I had. it worked. Set it up for dual disks RAID. Then plugged in new 2T Western Digital Red WD20EFRX and it transferred over mirrored the data. Then put that as the main disk and plugged in a 2nd 2T disk and expanded the disk to 2T with the dual RAID function
Figuring out which HD where likely to work was the highest risk.
Also purchased a 2nd DS212J as they have so much data that for management I use one as a store on my intranetwork, and the other as a back up unit that only turns on for a couple of hours.
The web/intranet interface works for me - though still a learning curve to figure out how to manage the DS212K


The web interface with underlying linux has a lot of possibilities, but they don't tie together very well as a feature set at the UI level
A lot of possible applications also possible, and spent far too long on trying them and then booting them. The underlying processor is very slow. Needs carfeull thought as to what is really needed.

Other Thoughts:

NAS backup. Guaranteeing and managing the large data sets is a time consuming headache. Raid is a must for hardware reliability. I had a decaying Buffalo Linkstation 4 disk quad, and the issue was managing an upgrade - and two different NAS units each with two disks gives more management opportunities that a single NAS.
DS212j: It could be really nice to have a section somewhere of what works easyly - app notes - though since there is such a range of Synology equipment it would be like minded people who would post their success stories about it

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