To call the Synology DiskStation DS413j a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is a degrading understatement – but yes, it serves files over the network. To say it has RAID functionality is also somewhat unfair – the Synology hybrid-RAID is superior technology. To say it comes with a few additional features is just plain wrong – this thing is packed full of features and even has an app store. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Synology’s DiskStation DS413j and tell you what it’s all about. Then we’ll give one away (diskless).
Portable hard drives are much more today than a simple enclosure with a wimpy USB 2.0 connection. Modern portable hard drive enclosures support numerous wired interfaces such as USB 3.0, eSATA, or even Thunderbolt; as well as Wi-Fi and ethernet, making sharing even more convenient. We wanted to review a pair of portable external hard drives which support networking, so we picked up the $200 Corsair Voyager Air 1 TB and the $110 Patriot Gauntlet 320. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to win either of these portable hard drives, plus 3 additional Corsair Voyager Air 500 GB units!
NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. As Windows became easier to use with network attached devices, and hardware prices fell, this term started to be used in the consumer market. Today there’s a wide variety of off-the-shelf options that can provide storage for a home or small business network. The only problem is the price. A decent NAS can cost as much as a PC, which begs the question – why not build your own?
With my head held low with shame, I publicly admitted last week that I’m a digital hoarder. My once blazingly fast Mac is now left with just 100GB of a 1TB drive left. I’ve already shifted all my downloads onto a NAS, but now I’m left with a legacy of nearly 20,000 photos and MP3s, which together add up to at least 200GB of space. There is a better way to store your media that doesn’t involve using all the space on your local hard drive – using either network storage, or an external drive.