QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS
Unfortunately, we don't have a rack to try mounting the TS-409U with, but we do have the capabilities to benchmark the hardware and look at the overall performance and usability of the unit. That said, that's what I'll be doing.
For testing purposes, I've decided to use two use two ExcelStor TechnoP21O and two WDC WD800JD-55MUA1 10.0. All of these drives are 7200 RPM, have an 8MB cache, and have a detected size of 74.53GB. They run at fairly the same speed, so they should prove to be reasonable drives for testing the TS-409U.
After making sure all the hot swap bays are unlocked, I removed the trays. This is done simply by pulling on the handle of each tray. The trays are most aluminum, with holes in the bases, presumably for cooling purposes.
Hard drives are screwed to the trays from the bottom, with the flat-headed screws included with the unit. They only give you 16, so don't lose any. Afterwards, The drives go back in the same way they came out.
After the four drives have been installed, it was time to insert the included CD-ROM into my Windows PC. This is the easiest way to find the TS-409U on the network, as it was assigned a DHCP address from my router. There isn't yet a Linux client out to accomplish this task.
Once it's been found, the finder application gave me the option to configure the TS-409U from the application. Alternatively, I could have copy and pasted the IP address of the TS-409U in a web browser and configured it from the web interface.
The configuration consists of a network configuration, naming, time zones, and the hard drive configuration. For my benchmarks, I decided to put all four of disks in RAID5, for a mixture of space, performance, and reliability. If one of my disks fail, I'll be able to replace it and the TS-409U will rebuild my array with the three working drives and the new one.
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