Synology DiskStation DS1511+

Synology DiskStation DS1511+ Network Attached Storage (NAS)

I picked the DS1511+ for based on Synology’s reputation in the NAS world, the scalability of the DS 1511+, and its Linux based operating system (OS).

I populated the 5 bays with Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 drives and I added 2 GB of RAM with a Kingston ValueRAM 2 GB 800MHz PC2-6400 DDR2 CL5 SODIMM Notebook Memory (KVR800D2S5/2G) DRAM module.

I must say I was originally very disappointed with the DS1511+, since it was DOA, but Amazon was very good and cross shipped another box to me without incident. The new DiskStation booted without problem, but didn’t initially recognize the extra RAM. After a couple of restarts it finally showed that it had 3 GB of RAM.

Soon, I was in “storage Nirvana” with over 7 GB of centralized storage for my network and the ability to run Time Machine backups to the DiskStation on all our Macs. I also moved my main image library to the NAS. This is great having them centrally located and easily accessible from all of my computers.

It’s also been fun exploring the 3rd party apps and other open source projects that will run on the DiskStation. It was a bit of a learning curve to get more familiar with Linux and the DiskStation’s flavor of Linux.

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