Anyone know if Barracuda ST500DM002 will work with Synology DS110j?

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  1. MissAppleMac macrumors newbie

    MissAppleMac

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm hoping someone might be able to help me out. I have been searching the net for an answer on this and I'm having no luck...

    I'm going to order a Synology DS110j and I wanted to order a Seagate Barracuda 500gb HDD to go with it. I've searched on Amazon and they have the Barracuda ST500DM002 listed at a good price but this is not mentioned on Synology's compatibility (nor compatibility list) and a websearch for this model is not providing any answers. Does anyone know if this will work with the DS110j?

    Amazon has this HDD listed as the new version of the Barracuda ST3500641AS (which *is* on Synology's compatability list) - although I'm not 100% sure if they are correct about this?

    If anyone could shed any light on the matter, that would be much appreciated :eek:
     
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Looking through the list of compatible hard drives, I found that the Seagate ST750DM003 is listed as compatible. I did a quick search and found that it's basically the 750GB version of the drive you have (with 64MB cache instead of 16MB). So assuming the hard drives' controllers are the same between yours and the 750GB version, I'd say yours was compatible too.

    I'm not 100% positive on this though (if I had to bet, I would, but not if my life depended on it :p) so you'd probably be better off emailing Synology and asking them.
     
  3. nydennis macrumors regular

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    On a side note-
    I'd probably save up a few extra dollars and get a two bay NAS. You will not be sorry if you do. This way you can add a second drive anytime (Backups, media, etc) You can get something like a DS212J for not much more money. You will not regret it.
     
  4. MissAppleMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    MissAppleMac

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    Thank you both :)

    Skorpien - that was my logic too, so hopefully we're both on the right track! I think I'll just go for it and keep my fingers firmly crossed that it works.

    nydennis - I have been debating about the two bay NAS but I decided to go with the 1 bay for now and get a separate external HD as an additional backup. That way I can at least keep the two drives in completely different locations, just in case something should happen to one of them (fire, flood etc!). I guess, ideally, I would still get the 2 bay NAS but finances won't allow everything at once (unfortunately :rolleyes:).
    Plus, I think I'll have enough to keep me busy - setting up our first NAS - without tempting myself to start considering RAID etc :eek:
     
  5. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    If it's not on the Synology list, but works "now", it doesn't mean it will work after future firmware updates....just know that you're taking that chance and Synology won't help you out if you run into a problem and you're not using an "officially" compatible drive.
     
  6. iEvolution macrumors 65816

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    I, quite frankly, do not recommend the barracuda series, in the last 3 yrs Ive had 3 of them fail. Chalk it up to bad luck but I think there is something wrong with them considering they are the only one's that I've had fail on me in the past 17 yrs since I had a Maxtor hd failure in 95.
     

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