Synology Disk Station DS210jFeb 24th, 2010 | By Simon
To install hard drives into the Synology DS210j, it is a very simple process and even easier should you decide to purchase a pre-configured unit. The Synology DS210j is available as a 2x500GB preloaded model or a 2x1000GB preloaded model. The hard drives are stored internally with no ability to hot-swap on the go. To get access to the drive you need to remove two screws from the back panel – these would be the two screws not securing the 70mm fan the frame. An extra has been provided by Synology should you lose one of these two screws.
Once these two screws have been removed, you want to slide the top half of the shell from “Closed” to “Open”. The tab indication the shell position is on the bottom between the four feet.
Once the shell is open, you can see the drive cage – my sample came preloaded with 2X500GB Seagate 7200.12 Barracudas. Each hard drive is held into place with 4 screws and a spare is provided if you lose one during installation. To install a hard drive, you slide it into the cage until the Power and Data cables connect. The screws are then used to prevent the drive from accidentally popping out.
You will notice that despite having a sister board to provide SATA interface to the hard drives from the main board, the sister board is slotted to allow airflow between the two hard drives and not just around them. This subtle difference will keep temperatures in a safe operating zone.
The airflow to the hard drives is provided by a single 70x70x25mm fan. In this case we have an Evercool EC7025L12ER fan. This is a 3000 RPM fan capable of pushing 28.2 CFM with less than 25 dBA of noise. The EL Bearing is a proprietary bearing technology intended to keep the fan running for a long time without failure. If you’re not happy with the fan you can easily swap it out for any other 3-pin 70x70x25mm or 70x70x15mm fan.
I had already mentioned that the DS210j uses a Marvell 800MHz processor. The 128MB memory is provided by a single ELPIDA chip. As you can probably guess, Marvell is using their own Marvell Alaska 88E1116R for network control.
If for some reason you need to replace the internal battery, it’s on the motherboard which is accessible by removing a few extra screws. After putting everything back together and installing your choice of hard drives, you only need power and network access to setup the DS210j which we’ll do on the next page.