At the bottom of Synology DS210j a Synology sticker and an airduct reside. The four black footpads are made of rubber, which ensure a firm position and keeping vibrations (thereby noise) to a minimum. Notice that the two sides of the chassis are displaced as they haven’t been put together entirely when the picture was taken.
Now for a look inside Synology DS210j. The chassis is devided across in the pieces by pushing the two halves from each other. The one half is just a plastic “shell”, but the other has the hardware mounted. On top is the mounting frame for the two 3.5 hard drives that DS210j supports. Underneath this is the motherboard.
There isn’t much to say about what you see. Everything is connected on a joint motherboard and the cooling is done by a 70mm fan pushing out air at the rear of the chassis letting it pass across the motherboard and the hard drives. Let’s move on and mount a couple of hard drives in Synology DS210j.
The installation of the hard drives is as simple as mounting them in an ordinary desktop. The drives are pushed into place, connecting them to the SATA connector and then screwed in.
The hard drives have about 1cm of space between them giving room for the airflow – which looks acceptable.
With the drives mounted all we need to do is putting the two halves of the chassis back together, screw them in and it is ready for use.