Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440
July 25, 2009 2:14 PM Subscribe
Help me decide: Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440 for my next NAS?
posted by monkeybutt to computers & internet (4 answers total)
I currently have a mix of Terastations and other NAS hardware with small drives. i'm looking to add a multi-terabye device (4-6TB) to my home network to store all my digital photos and music and maintain backups.
I'm torn between the Synology DS409
and the Seagate Black Armor 440
configured with 4 1.5T drives to give it the same capacity of the Synology.
Both devices seem to top out the charts with regards to throughput on a gig-E network, which is very important for me. The Synology has been out for longer and is about 1/3 cheaper than the Seagate device when you buy the drives yourself. I am leaning toward it unless something compels me to get the Seagate.
One feature that i'm interested in is robust error-reporting. Currently my Buffalo devices do not have the ability to email out error reports with SMTP authentication beforehand, which is a must because my ISP requires authentication before it will pass mail. This means I need to check the HDD status of my drives weekly to avoid data loss (as opposed to getting an email alerting me of the issue immediately).
If anybody out there has any first-hand experience with either of these appliances i'd love to hear it.