Entered at the Small and Medium Business platform, the Synology DS1010+ presents a huge storage potential with five drive bay slots each capable of handling up to a 2TB 3.5”/2.5” SATA hard drive; fast file-sharing transfers; and ease of use with the latest version with the Synology GUI – DiskStation Manager 2.3.

Packaged almost identically to the DS410j: a brown cardboard box displaying the Synology brand contains both the NAS and the accompanying accessories:

  • Synology Driver CD
  • Power cable
  • 2 x 2m RJ45 cables
  • Manuals
  • Screws for HDD attachment

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The unit, understated in its all-black appearance, still retains a professional and sleek appeal with the shiny black front end giving rise to the five vertical-mounted drive bays, power button and status LEDS. Dimensions of just 157mm X 248mm X 233mm (HxWxD) keep the device relatively compact for its storage size.

A few Synology logos are present too for good measure but overall the design is simple and adheres to the phrase “less is more”.

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Flipping the device around reveals a selection of ports plus the exhaust cooling which comes in the form of two 80mm fans. Four USB 2.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet that’s compatible with any small business Ethernet services, a VGA and an eSATA make up port layout The eSATA connection also allows for the connection of Synology’s DX510 expansion unit; essentially the DX510 looks almost identical to the DS1010+ featuring five drive bays that double the maximum storage capacity to 20TB.

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In regards to the NAS’s internal components, Synology’s business orientated DS1010+ packs a dual core processor operating at 1.67GHz and 1GB of DDR2 system memory. This is a step up from the DS410j and should ultimately speed up the performance of the NAS.

The main function of any NAS is storage though and the hot-swappable drive bays at the front of the unit make it very simple to add in hard drives. Pushing the small button upwards on a drive bay releases it allowing it to slide out for a HDD to be installed. The 3.5”/2.5” drive then just sits in the tray and is secured via a few screws ready to be pushed back into position.

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The drives can then be set up in any number of basic and RAID configurations: Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+ Spare and RAID 6.

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The DS1010+ certainly looks the part from the outside so let’s take a closer look at the DiskStation Manager 2.3...