Synology Diskstation DS413j w/ IDE/P-ATA drives – working

Just a quick note to anyone thinking to throw away old PATA IDE drives when purchasing a new SATA-based NAS. You don’t need to throw away functioning drives. I wanted to swap my old Atom Windows server mainly for reasons of space (in the closet) and energy consumption. I however still had a functional array of 4x IDE drives, which operated on a Promise FastTrack SX4000 before. I decided to try putting them into my new Synology DS413j NAS using a PATA-to-SATA converter from Digitus (DS-33150). The adapter had a number of excellent reviews on Amazon and it seems to work flawlessly even in the Synology NAS.

You will also need SATA-extension cables (not standard ones) and a 1-SATA-to-2-Molex power adapter per drive. Costs per drive: around 10,- €.

The only drawback is that it’s not possible to close the case of the NAS because the adapter construction needs a little space. Since the thing is in the closet anyway, it doesn’t matter at all.

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