NAS units capable of only accepting 2.5" drives have been a rarity, but the launch of WD Red drives in that form factor has given a boost to vendors looking to cater to that space. Synology launched a 2.5"-drive only 4-bay NAS back in 2011 (DS411slim). This year, we have a refresh, the DS414slim.

The Synology OS (Disk Station Manager - DSM) has evolved into a very capable, user-friendly and feature-rich server OS in its own right. Its high-performance iSCSI features make it very attractive for virtual machines. The 414slim comes equipped with a very capable SoC (the Marvell ARMADA 370 running at 1.2 GHz, which we already saw in the LenovoEMC ix4-300d) and sports four hot-swappable drive bays, two USB 3.0 ports and two GbE links. Inside the system, we have 512 MB of DRAM. Since 2.5" drives don't consume a lot of power, the unit is able to do with a 30W external power adapter.

The small size of the system as well as the massive RAID-able storage capacity (4 x 1.5TB supported currently) and rich networking capabilities make it an ideal mini server for those experimenting with virtualization and have a space-constrained setup.

Source: Synology

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  • Morawka - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    Seagate makes a $100 2.5 2 TB drive, people on amazon are raving about it.

    I'd hook four of them up into this baby.
  • S.D.Leary - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - link

    You would have some work to do. Those are external drives.

  • kgi111 - Monday, June 9, 2014 - link

    Is this something like who has the biggest?
    Judge this for what it is.
    Is a small very silent device that doesn't use much power.
    DSM has a host of utilities that easy to use.
    4.5TB not a lot I agree. But convert it to number of photos og music, or word documents.
    This one can store quite a lot.
    I have a DS409Slim. And it has never filed is just siting there and does what it is supposed to do.
    I have been waiting for the synology to come with an upgrade (didn't want to buy the 411 in 2014).
    For me it started by all this small 2.5 external USB drives that was no longer in use. Then I bought this and suddenly the old drives are relevant again. Because it is a 4 bay NAS I am not worried about using old drives. As the have failed and 2 of them have I have just replaced with new or new old ones. Today it is running Cloud station and audio streaming and it works Cloud station is not 100% reliable But I use Crashplan as Cloud backup, so it is not a big problem but it irritates me a bit.
    Nice little NAS use it for what it is. I do have a 4x3,5 NAS as well but is usez more power a makez more noise.

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