Get More From Your Disks With A NAS Part 2
In this, the second article in the “Get more from your disks with NAS” series, we will be creating shared folders on the network attached storage unit. Before we can do this however we need to install the Samsung hard disks into the Synology DS211j unit then install the latest version of the DiskStation Manager (version 3.2) before setting up a volume and creating some shares. You can read part one to catch up with the series so far.
If you are looking to upgrade your computer based disk storage you should consider purchasing a pair of disks as it is always worth matching the disks and buying two at a time because it often makes mirroring your data much easier. Mirroring data simply means that copies of your files will be stored on both disks so that if one disk fails you can still access your files. There are other ways of securing your data, particularly if you have more disks available, however for this article we will focus on just two disks and disk mirroring (also known as RAID level 1).
On this particular NAS unit the side slides open and the two hard drives slide into position using guide rails and dock into connectors onto the unit after which they can be screwed into place. The side slides back onto the unit and two screws ensure it stays in position.
Once the disks are connected the unit can be attached to the network and powered up and we can move onto the installation of the DiskStation Manager (DSM) management application.