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QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS

Author:  Matthew Homan
Date:  2008.11.23
Topic:  Servers
Provider:  QNAP
Manufacturer:  QNAP

QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS



Packaging and Hardware

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The TS- 409U Turbo NAS came in a pretty small box and the overall weight wasn't too bad either. Since the TS-409U doesn't ship with hard drives included, this cut down on the shipping weight and also gives the consumer the ability to get the best price and size of the hard drives to populate the NAS. The box is printed with a lot of the features the TS-409U has to offer which will leave you cross-eyed, but in the end the TS-409U simply comes with a LOT of options to assist you with your business.

The TS-409U is outfitted with four hot swappable quick release drive bays which are accessable from the front of the server.
With all four drive bay installed, the front is not too complicated
The installation of the SATA drives was very simple with only four screws. It would be great if somone would design a snap together drive bay so I don't have to hunt down a phillips screw driver any time a drive fails.
With the lid off, you see that there really isn't much to the TS-409U. The motherboard is smaller than your smallest micro ATX board.
Here is a close look at the back of one of the hard drives after installation. Showing the standard SATA cables.
Here is a closer look at the brain of the TS-409U. The boad has a 500Mhz processor which may surprise you, but for those small to mid size companies who are using this for file sharing and web hosting, 500MHz should be all you need.
Here we have a picture of the micro ATX power supply. There is no secondary power supply, so even though you have a RAID set which is designed to prevent loss of data, the loss power or a power supply, you will not be able to access the RAID volume. So, two things to invest in is a battery backup and spare power supply to help cut down on down time. The power supply can be purchased later, but I wouldn't wait too long.


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