One of the 1.5TB WD15EARS (Western Digital Green) drives on the Synology DS410 running firmware DSM 4.2-3211 failed earlier this week. The RAID5 volume recovery process ended up being a little tricky thanks to ext3 journal corruption on the actual filesystem “/volume1” block device /dev/md2.
Bottom line – I am not the typical “home/small office” user. For my needs, I should have looked at a desktop class performance which is provided by the higher end Synology models. Given the cost constraints, I find the DS210j as an acceptable compromise. But for most real home users out there, this just might be the no headache/low maintenance storage device you are looking for.