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Drobo DRDS4A31 Drobo 5N 20TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 4TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designAn unquestioningly modern design. A particularly impressive achievement, given the design has not changed in over a decade in the Drobo range. However it is hard to imagine this sleek, compact, modern and quiet chassis will not fit in any modern home or office - both Mac or Windows based.
featuresOn look at the specs will tell you that this is not a POWER-NAS device. But in most respects it isn;t designed to be. This is a two to three tasks at a time kind of device. It is not made with room for tinkering. If you have most of the day to day tasks of a photo or video editor in mind, as well as housing and distributing your work in the most efficient and easy manner - the Drobo 5N could well e the device for you. Likewise this unit is industry recommended for Apple Time Machine and popular editing suite applications for editing raw footage. This coupled with features and funcitons like standard RAID protection and the BeyondRAID technology to mix and match any SATA drive regardless of speed, brand, size or model, means that there are more than enough features to support your existing office or home network.
performancePowered by Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM, the Drobo 5N doesn't arrive with the sort of specs that will intimidate the guys at Synology and QNAP. However for it's intended purpose, the Drobo Network RAID enclosure doesn't need an all powerful x86 CPU like an Atom or a Celeron. Remember that this device is Mac target led and not for generalised use. Yes, it can be uses for straight forward DLNA support, a Plex Media Server and as a network destination for popular programs to house their data. However it is also the optimal device for things like a network Attached image backup with Apple Time Machine and Mac based editing suites. If you work in a solid, Mac OS based environment, I recommend this device to suit your needs.
valueIf you need a network attached solution that is reliable, practical, dependable, sensible and lots of other words that end in 'ible' - Then the Drobo 5N is certainly the NAS for you. What is apparently lacks in hardware innovation, it gains in being a no fuss, stable and incredibly reliable piece of kit. It is not designed with change in mind, but more to provide a solid network based RAID solution with as little interaction on a technical level required. Additionally with a lower power consumption and noise output that most NAS devices, it is certainly the NAS choice for those that want a more secluded and hidden piece of hardware in their IT environment.

  CONS
designIf you like your hardware devices in any other colour than black (maybe you are a content creator and have lots of silver or white around you) then you may find the design of this device rather obtrusive.
featuresBecause this device has been designed with certain applications in mind, the result is that it
performanceThe Drobo 5N leaves little room to grow and evolve your NAS applications. You cannot upgrade the memory, the app centre has fewer apps than the likes of Synology NAS and QNAP NAS, and finally the device's hardware, though modest and specific application targeted, is not going to give you the sort of horsepower designed for transcoding, Virtualisation and higher end graphic creation.
valueSadly those who want a NAS Server witha little bite in terms of hardware, applications and expand-ability will find the Drobo 5N a very limiting experience and therefore it is not recommended to buy the Drobo 5N NAS if you like to tinker with your technology. In that case, perhaps consider the QNAP TS-253A and the Synology DS716+ NAS.

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The Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet 20TB is good enclosure. This Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 20TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 4TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS4A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST4000VN008
  • Rotation: 5900RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 4TB
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 box (the connections)

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.
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  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

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General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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Drobo DRDS4A31 Drobo 5N 20TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 4TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designAn unquestioningly modern design. A particularly impressive achievement, given the design has not changed in over a decade in the Drobo range. However it is hard to imagine this sleek, compact, modern and quiet chassis will not fit in any modern home or office - both Mac or Windows based.
featuresOn look at the specs will tell you that this is not a POWER-NAS device. But in most respects it isn;t designed to be. This is a two to three tasks at a time kind of device. It is not made with room for tinkering. If you have most of the day to day tasks of a photo or video editor in mind, as well as housing and distributing your work in the most efficient and easy manner - the Drobo 5N could well e the device for you. Likewise this unit is industry recommended for Apple Time Machine and popular editing suite applications for editing raw footage. This coupled with features and funcitons like standard RAID protection and the BeyondRAID technology to mix and match any SATA drive regardless of speed, brand, size or model, means that there are more than enough features to support your existing office or home network.
performancePowered by Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM, the Drobo 5N doesn't arrive with the sort of specs that will intimidate the guys at Synology and QNAP. However for it's intended purpose, the Drobo Network RAID enclosure doesn't need an all powerful x86 CPU like an Atom or a Celeron. Remember that this device is Mac target led and not for generalised use. Yes, it can be uses for straight forward DLNA support, a Plex Media Server and as a network destination for popular programs to house their data. However it is also the optimal device for things like a network Attached image backup with Apple Time Machine and Mac based editing suites. If you work in a solid, Mac OS based environment, I recommend this device to suit your needs.
valueIf you need a network attached solution that is reliable, practical, dependable, sensible and lots of other words that end in 'ible' - Then the Drobo 5N is certainly the NAS for you. What is apparently lacks in hardware innovation, it gains in being a no fuss, stable and incredibly reliable piece of kit. It is not designed with change in mind, but more to provide a solid network based RAID solution with as little interaction on a technical level required. Additionally with a lower power consumption and noise output that most NAS devices, it is certainly the NAS choice for those that want a more secluded and hidden piece of hardware in their IT environment.

  CONS
designIf you like your hardware devices in any other colour than black (maybe you are a content creator and have lots of silver or white around you) then you may find the design of this device rather obtrusive.
featuresBecause this device has been designed with certain applications in mind, the result is that it
performanceThe Drobo 5N leaves little room to grow and evolve your NAS applications. You cannot upgrade the memory, the app centre has fewer apps than the likes of Synology NAS and QNAP NAS, and finally the device's hardware, though modest and specific application targeted, is not going to give you the sort of horsepower designed for transcoding, Virtualisation and higher end graphic creation.
valueSadly those who want a NAS Server witha little bite in terms of hardware, applications and expand-ability will find the Drobo 5N a very limiting experience and therefore it is not recommended to buy the Drobo 5N NAS if you like to tinker with your technology. In that case, perhaps consider the QNAP TS-253A and the Synology DS716+ NAS.

Drobo DRDS4A31 logo

The Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet 20TB is good enclosure. This Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 20TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 4TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS4A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST4000VN008
  • Rotation: 5900RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 4TB
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 box (the connections)

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.

Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 RAID options

  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

Choose your RAID here -> Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Drobo Drobo 5N and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in DRDS4A31 price.
Same Day and Next Day Delivery available in UK and fast WorldWide delivery for products in stock.
FREE Business Quotes available for products with specific requirements or quantities. Often cheaper than Amazon.

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Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Is there a difference between network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and nas drive?

There is no physical difference between a network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and NAS drive, the MAIN difference is about the use of the equipment. So:

A Network Drive is a area on storage that is useable to anyone on the network and will be visible to the device you are using if you have the correct login/password.

A Backup Drive is a storage device is a area of NAS or DAS storage that is used JUST for backups and only for writing, not reading - it backs up one or multiple devices on a regular basis.


A Network Hard Drive is the same as a network drive, but instead of a portion of online storage that is network/internet accessible, it is an entire disk drive. Much larger and often includes a RAID drive acting as a fall-back.

A NAS Drive can do all of the above. It can be set up to be a backup drive for all your devices, it can make either a portion or ALL of the storage available over the internet or network, it can do all of these at the same time and can give you much, much more access options thanks to NAS software from the likes of QNAP, Synology, WD, Asustor, Buffalo and Drobo.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a server at home?

A server at home is a network attached storage device (NAS) that is like a computer, but with the emphasis on storage space. They can be purchased for as little as £100 and mean all your data can be accessed, used and backed up to and from overt the internet or your home network (WiFi etc). Bigger and more expensive home servers can do more, such as virtual computers, surveillance recording and multimedia access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is meant by diskless NAS?

A Diskless NAS means that it a network storage device that is sold without any Hard Drives inside. Many NAS Brands like WD and Buffalo will only sell their NAS server devices with Drives already installed - this can often increase the price significantly, as well as limit the Hard Drives you want to install. A diskless NAS is a device that you can choose which drives, how many and the capacity you want and install them yourself, for a more bespoke NAS storage device. Installing the Hard Drives is very easy and you can often save a lot of time and improve your long term storage by choosing a diskless NAS and selecting the drives yourself.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS external hard drive?

A NAS external Hard Drive is an external storage device that, unlike USB 3.0 and eSATA external Hard Drives, is accessed used the internet or your home network. So that means you can access the contents (DATA) of the NAS on your iPhone, iPad, Smart TV, PS4, XBOX One, Sonos Sound System, Bose system, Laptop, Smartphone and pretty much any DLNA enabled device without having to connect to it with a cable. Meaning you do not need to carry duplicates of all your data on all your devices, but can have one central NAS storage devices that all the other devices can access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do I connect to my NAS remotely?

You can connect to your NAS server remotely with the mobile applications that are free with your NAS Brand manufacturer for iOS and Android. Alternatively you can use a number of desktop applications from the big brands QNAP and Synology NAS to access your device remotely. Lastly you can create a network and internet accessible drive with iSCSI and then setup software (Virtual Machine, backup, Surveillance and more) on your Mac or Windows machine to read and write to the NAS remotely.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drive used for?

A NAS drive can be used for the following:

Apple Time Machine Backups
Synchronized Backups of Windows and Android devices
A Plex Media Server
DLNA Media Server
Download Server
Printer Server
Virtual Machine Deployment
Email Server
CRM and/or CMS System
A CCTV IP Camera Enabled Surveillance station for your home or office
File Server
and more...


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What are the different types of RAID?

The most popular and recommended RAID levels for a 2-Bay NAS and 4-Bay NAS from Synology and QNAP are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a RAID hard drive?

A RAID Hard drive is a Hard Disk Drive that is designed to be used in a RAID configuration - in simple terms it is a drive that can be installed with multiple other drives of the same type (such as WD Red RAID Drives, WD Purples Surveillance RAID Drives and Seagate Ironwolf NAS RAID Drives). These are designed to be on for long periods of time and for handling data that is shared and/or duplicated across multiple drives at once - constructed with better vibration, head and access controls). Most other drives are designed to work on their own.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is raid on a NAS?

RAID on a NAS is a means to protect yourself from losing your data due to hard drive failure. Hard Drives are the 2nd most vulnerable area of a NAS device and if a drive fails and you do not have a copy of the data elsewhere, you will most likely lose it all. RAID gives you a safety net (called REDUNDANCY) which means you can afford to lose 1, 2 or even 3 hard drives with the right configuration. The most common options are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a personal cloud storage device?

A personal Cloud storage device is a piece of Hardware, Like a NAS, that gives you the access, freedom, speed and utility of popular 3rd party cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3 and more. However unlike those providers that hold your data on a server farm hundreds or thousands of miles away, where you it can be broken into, a Personal Cloud (NAS) lives in your home/office and can be protected with both bespoke AES-256bit encryption, individual login credentials and if the worst case scenario, can be simply unplugged from the network/internet.


It is also considerably cheaper in the long term.


 

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How do you connect to a NAS?

You can connect to a device in several ways:


- You can connect to a NAS via your home network as long as it is connected to the same router/switch that your other devices are connected to, via cable or over Wi-Fi (the devices, not the NAS)


- You can connect over the internet using the NAS manufacturer’s respective software on desktop or mobile platforms for Mac, Windows and Android devices


- You can also access the data as a network drive (where the location of the drive with be an IP - 192.168. etc.) and then the drive can be read and written to as needed


Thank you


 

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How does a NAS device work?

Excellent Question. A NAS devices like a computer that is dedicated to storing data that is made accessible across all your internet enabled devices. It connects to your home network (in simple terms, the internet connected network in your home or office) and makes the data that is store on it accessible. You can also access the data from outside the phone via WiFi at hotspots and other buildings, or via your mobile 3G or 4G internet connection.

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Do you really need a NAS?

If you have data spread across multiple devices without a single backup location, then YES, you really do need a NAS drive. As it will make backing up with multiple devices easier, more automated and reliable.


If you are a business with large amounts of data that needs to be accessible quickly, across multiple machines or outside your office environment for off-site staff or clients, then YES you needs a NAS.


If you want your internet accessible data to be 100% inaccessible when needed (for security) and are considering a Cloud provider or a NAS, BUY A NAS!!! It is cheaper in the long run and can have individual and bespoke security measures. 


 

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What is a NAS drives for home?

A NAS drive for Home is the means of storing your data in a central location that can be used for more home and entertainment based applications. Often these are 2-Bay or 4-Bay NAS Devices that support applications such as Plex, DLNA Server support, Backups like Apple Time Machine and Surveillance over IP cameras from companies such as Edimax and Reolink. The Hard drives in a NAS Drive for Home are recommended to be WD Red NAS Drives or Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives.


 

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I found this fantastically easy to set up and configure. The only reason it misses top marks is that it is rather slow at times.
Hi Duncan,

Thank you for your opinion, once the BeyondRAID is set and all checks are performed you would see a speed increase as well. Usually that takes some time before is completely ready to use.


SPAN.COM tech team


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