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Synology NAS very, very slow. Drives dying?

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Synology NAS very, very slow. Drives dying?

Hi there. I have a Synology DS413 as my primary NAS, and a DS211j as my backup NAS. It's supposed to backup from the DS413 to the DS211j daily, but my log says it's been failing recently. I tried logging into the DS211j, but it's very, very slow. It takes a long time for the OS to load, and when I try to load apps sometimes it fails. However, the Storage Manager says the drives are fine.

It's a backup NAS, so I can stand to lose the data. (I already have a separate local backup but would want another backup of my primary NAS, so I'd backup the primary NAS again before fiddling with the backup NAS.) How should I troubleshoot? Current main drive has 0.5 TB free out of 5.5 TB. Should I just try getting a new drive? Or is the 211j just too old? Get a 220j or something?
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Sorry the ds211j is saying the drives are good? Your NIC could be failing, maybe the memory stick is starting to crap out?

If it's acting that sluggish, im going to bank on an internal part failing for sure. Sounds like a replacement is needed.
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Drive is almost full
it gets slower the closer it gets to full
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Yes the 211j says the drives are good.

The main drive is ~90% full but then again it’s got about 0.5 TB free since the capacity is 5.5 TB.

Memory is soldered to the mobo IIRC.
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I have 2 Synology, the new firmware made the old Synology very slow, the newer one (3 years old) is bit better. It could be the firmware. I use my Synology as surveillance station and backup NAS.
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Menace wrote: I have 2 Synology, the new firmware made the old Synology very slow, the newer one (3 years old) is bit better. It could be the firmware. I use my Synology as surveillance station and backup NAS.
If that is the case, im thinking now that the firmware wasn't optimized for the older hardware. OP, is there even an update available for the unit you haven't done?
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Zero1 wrote: If that is the case, im thinking now that the firmware wasn't optimized for the older hardware. OP, is there even an update available for the unit you haven't done?
The old hardware is pretty under powered, especially the original ones with maxwell chipset. And they had 512mb of RAM. Makes the newer units with atom processors look like cray supercomputers.

But also, the firmware got more and more features, newer versions of linux kernel etc, so naturally those underpowered original units are going to suffer.

I've got an old DS411 with the latest firmware, it goes to 99% CPU utilization by simply logging into the web admin.
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trane0 wrote: The old hardware is pretty under powered, especially the original ones with maxwell chipset. And they had 512mb of RAM. Makes the newer units with atom processors look like cray supercomputers.

But also, the firmware got more and more features, newer versions of linux kernel etc, so naturally those underpowered original units are going to suffer.

I've got an old DS411 with the latest firmware, it goes to 99% CPU utilization by simply logging into the web admin.
Wow, OP forget my post. Grab a new one and call it a day.
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