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!
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).
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.