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Synology Diskstation DS416j NAS Review

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Synology DiskStation DS416j NAS Closer Look: 

The DS416j does not use front facing drive bays as the DS716+ did, so the unit needs to be removed and opened up to access the drives. This could be a problem in the event of a faliure, but since the DS416j has room for four drives, one could be used as a hot spare. To access the drive bays you need to unscrew the back of the chassis and fold down the back panel. This exposes the fans and the drive bays for maintenance. The bays are numbered one through four, starting from the top down. The trays each slide out with ease. The full cover can be removed to have better access if desired. Removing the trays you can see the internal SATA ports, which pop right into place when a drive is inserted in the tray. Each bay can accommodate either a 3.5inch or 2.5inch hard drive or solid state drive up to 8TB in size for a total of up to 32TB raw capacity. This does not however let you have a 32TB volume, as the maximum volume size that can be created on the DS416j is 16TB. This means if you have four 8TB drives, you cannot create a 24GB volume in RAID5. This is mostly because the hardware would not be able to support it. Cooling the drives are two 80mm fans in the rear of the unit.




To install the drives you need to screw them down in the trays to secure them. For this review, we installed four Seagate 8TB NAS hard drives into the trays. You then insert each one back into the tray slots and close up the chassis back with the screws.




Now that we have the drives installed, we can install the DiskStation Manager.

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