Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Installing the Hard Disks

The Synology tool-less drive tray. For 3.5-inch hard drives, simply place it into the drive tray and secure the drive in place using the two strips. For 2.5-inch hard drives, you got to use the provided screws.

For the DS916+, you do not need any tools to install standard 3.5″ hard disks. You just have to remove the two side plastic rails, place the hard disk into the drive tray and snap back the two plastic rails to secure the disk in place. That’s all.

However, you will need to use the screws from the included accessories pack to mount 2.5″ hard disks.

Will be using the Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS drive and Western Digital Red 3TB NAS drive in the DS916+.

This time round, I will be installing two units of Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS drives and two units of Western Digital Red 3TB NAS drives. These two models are marketed for NAS usage so they should be good!

The NAS drives have been secured into the drive tray. Time to insert them into the DS916+ and go for a test run!

The hard disks are installed into the drive trays and it is time to set up the software aspect of the DS916+. The Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS drives will be in Disk bays 1 and 2 while the Western Digital Red 3TB NAS drives will be in Disk bays 3 and 4.


A little information about Seagate IronWolf

Seagate IronWolf NAS Hard Drive (source:

You might be thinking what is the difference between a desktop drive and NAS hard drive like the Seagate IronWolf? Below are features of the Seagate IronWolf NAS hard drive.

  1. Higher usage rating than typical desktop drives to handle multi-year workloads. The NAS is often accessed concurrently by multiple users and the Seagate IronWolf is designed to meet that.
  2. Minimised vibrations through Dual-Plane balancing and Rotational Vibration (RV) sensors. The Seagate IronWolf’s vibrations are damped and the RV sensors enables the drive heads can compensate for vibrations from other installed hard drives and system fans to always remain on-track to avoid read/ write retries which in turn improves NAS performance.
  3. Firmware optimised for multi-drive RAID environment. The Error Recovery Control ensures the Seagate IronWolf always remain active to the RAID array. This avoids unnecessary drive drops from RAID array, avoiding RAID recovery and rebuild.
  4. Energy savings through Seagate’s AgileArray power management. The power management ensures appropriate power mode to ensure lowest power load and heat for different operations.


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