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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review

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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look:

With the drive trays removed, you can see there is space for up to two drives with up to 8TB capacity for a total of up to 16TB in a RAID 0 setup. In the back of the unit, you can see the two hot swap SATA ports that the drives slide into when the trays are inserted. One thing I did notice when removing the trays was the SODIMM slot right in the front of the casing. Per Synology's website, the RAM is not upgradable, however removing the SODIMM you can see that the module is a 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM module. The chips used on the RAM are model number K4B2G0846Q, which is manufactured by Samsung, and after doing some research, while not officially supported, users have been able to upgrade the RAM to 8GB using a module from Crucial model #CT102464BF160B.




Drive installation on the DS716+ NAS is so simple with the included hot swap trays. To install a drive, just remove the two connector pieces on each side, insert the drive, and replace the connectors to secure the drive in place. Once the drive is secure in the tray, just slide the tray back into place and lock the arm on the tray to secure it. The drives slide in with little effort. You can also use 2.5-inch drives should you choose or even SSDs with the included mounting screws.




Now that we have the drives installed, we can move on to the initial setup.

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