QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS ReviewNemo - May 5, 2009
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As we saw in the previous section, the TS-509 has room for five disk drives in its hot-swappable bays. Since the unit ships without drives, the first step in the installation process is to remove the drive trays from the bays and mount the drives. Removing the trays is accomplished by opening the latch on each tray and sliding them out of the bay. The latches open to the left and are fully disengaged when they are at about a 45 degree angle. The latches, along with the front of the trays, are made of plastic and you don't want to apply too much pressure. With the latches disengaged, each tray simply slides straight out of the bay. The tray itself is a simple sled made to hold a hard drive and allow it to align up properly to the SATA backplane in the device. Although there's not much to the tray, it has a fairly solid and rigid feel to it, mainly due to the bottom as the side rails are only bout half the height of a hard drive. You can also see the holes in the floor of the tray which will allow for better cooling. The tray front features slits to allow cool air to be drawn in and over the drive. Each tray is sequentially numbered which is useful for returning drives to their proper position if you have to remove them.
If you've ever built your own computer, you probably installed the hard drives with either screws or a tool-less mounting option using the mounting holes on the side of the drive. The drive trays are a bit different and mount using the holes on the bottom of the drive. As you can see in the picture, the PCB side of the drive faces the bottom of the tray. After you get the screw holes lined up, all you have to do is secure the drive with four screws. There are enough screw included in the accessory pack to mount all five drives.
You can check out the front of the unit with all the trays removed. The SATA backplane connections are located at the rear of the bay and the drives rails can be seen along the sides. Directly behind the backplane, visible through the slots above each SATA connection, is the large cooling fan. Each tray slides in and rests on top of the rails. Once the tray is positioned on the rails all that's required is for you to slide it in and give it a gentle push to make sure the hard drive is firmly seated on the backplane. If you did everything correctly the latch should close easily and secure with an audible 'click'. It you find the latch doesn't close easily, then you probably don't have the drive seated properly and you need to give it a little more effort to get the drive securely connected to the backplane. If you haven't noticed by now, each tray has a lock to prevent someone from inadvertently removing a drive from the bay.
Once the drives are installed in the trays and mounted back in the bays, the next step is to connect the Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the rear of the TS-509 and then to a switch or router or your network. Next you will need to attach the power cord to the back of the unit and plug it in to the wall outlet. Now we're ready to move on to the configuration process.