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ioSafe SoloPRO

With breakneck speed and improved connectivity and compatibility, the ioSafe SoloPRO gives you unparalleled data protection for your digital business or enterprise.

Simplicity just got supercharged.

The supercharged ioSafe SoloPRO is the fastest and most versatile fireproof waterproof hard drive we've ever made. Packed full of intense data protection technology and expanded connectivity and compatibility, the SoloPRO is the simplest and safest way to protect your critical business data.

Fireproof - Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
Waterproof - Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
Windows Server, Linux, Mac and PC Compatible
Pro Data Recovery Service - Up to $5000/TB for forensic recovery + Advanced Replacement warranty


SoloPRO Features
As versatile as it is secure

The SoloPRO gives you the ultimate in flexibility and compatibility in almost any business enviornment. Whether you are backing up multiple computers with multiple operating systems or your company server, the SoloPRO is built to fit your business.

AN AIRCRAFT BLACK BOX FOR YOUR DATA

Fireproof
Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
DataCast endothermic fire insulation technology protects your data from extreme heat. The DataCast formulation forms a chemical bond with water molecules that, at temperatures above 160° F, releases water vapor to limit the internal temperature of the unit during a fire.
 
Business-Class Compatibility
PC/Mac, Windows Server, Linux
With USB 3.0 connectivity, the ioSafe SoloPRO is built to work seamlessly with your Windows Server, Linux, or PC and Mac environments. Simply put, plugging an ioSafe into your business has never been easier.
 
Waterproof
Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
HydroSafe water barrier technology is designed to protect data loss from fresh or salt water damage, including full immersion. While keeping your data dry, the HydroSafe technology still allows heat to dissipate during normal operation.

USB 3.0
Data transfer up to 5Gb/s
With data transfer rates up to 5Gb/s, the SoloPRO combines internal drive performance and connectivity with the freedom of having external storage. The USB 3.0 interface provides plug and play connectivity to virtually any Mac or PC.
 
Data Recovery Service
1, 3, or 5 year plans available
The ultimate safety net for the ultimate hard drive, the ioSafe Data Recovery Service (DRS) provides a one time use, no questions asked data and hardware recovery service. For any loss, no matter the reason.
 
Active Airflow Cooling
For optimum operating temperature
FloSafe active airflow cooling technology provides cooling airflow through the enclosure and across the disk drives during normal operating conditions. If destructive heat levels are sensed, such as in a fire, the FloSafe vents limit and protect your data from the extreme heat.

Theftproof
Bolt down to any surface
With a built in Kensington security slot and anti-theft tab, securing the ioSafe SoloPRO to any surface is fast and simple and keeps your data protected in the event of a break in. Securing the drive also prevents the drive from moving during a disaster.

A PLUG AND PLAY DISASTER PLAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Protect Your Livelihood
Your data is the lifeblood of your business. With the ioSafe SoloPRO your invaluable business data - your databases, customer contacts, servers, and financials - are safe and secure 24/7/365. Focus on growing your business, and we'll focus on ensuring your digital assets are there when you need them.
Protect Your Data
Your business is defined by your data and protecting it isn't merely an option — it's a necessity. And with the ioSafe SoloPRO you can protect your computer hard drives and servers, invaluable business databases, performance metrics, financial data, or marketing and design content without sacrificing simplicity, speed, or cost.
PC and Laptop Backup
The reality is, most valuable business data is scattered across an array of unprotected individual employee PCs and laptops — not stored on company servers. Use the ioSafe SoloPRO to backup your company PCs and laptops and protect your business data locally where it's being created. With the SoloPRO your data is safe no matter where it's located.
Bare Metal Restore
When you backup your business to an ioSafe SoloPRO performing a bare metal restore of your data, servers, and computers after a disaster is easy and simple. The SoloPRO gives you the ability to backup complete system images of your computer hard drives, which means you can restore any backed up system with just a few simple clicks.
*Additional software that supports bare metal restore required

Simple Plug and Play
With USB 3.0 connectivity, getting the ioSafe SoloPRO up and running is as simple as plugging it in to any PC, laptop, or server.
Server Backup
With the ioSafe SoloPRO and USB 3.0 connectivity and full server compatibility never again will your servers be left vulnerable to data loss. Backup your data in real-time or at any interval you choose. Don't let other solutions like tape or online backup dictate your backup schedule and speed. With ioSafe you get the freedom you deserve and the protection your business demands.
Database Backup
With the ioSafe SoloPRO backing up your business computers and servers, never again will you have to worry about making sure your priceless databases are safe or secure. Safe are the irreplaceable customer contact lists, performance metrics, and extensive financial data. With the SoloPRO you get to spend your time building and learning from your data — not worrying about how to keep it safe or secure.
Supplement Online/Offsite Backup.
When you backup your business data with ioSafe SoloPRO never again will you have to wait weeks or months trying to backup your data online or have to subject your data to potential loss or corruption by using offsite tape vaulting. With ioSafe you data is backed up onsite, in real-time, and protected from digital, hardware, or natural disasters. No longer will you have to sacrifice cost, speed, or convenience for the sake of protecting your business.
Theft Protection
With the ioSafe SoloPRO's built in Kensington Security lock and the ability to be bolted down to any surface you'll never have to worry about your data walking out the front door in the event of a break in or robbery.

PROTECTING YOUR ENTERPRISE JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER

Protection Your Business Demands
Every day your enterprise relies on a vastly dispersed, invaluable collection of data. And every day IT managers struggle to protect this ever-moving ever-changing data. With the ioSafe SoloPRO protecting your enterprise just got a whole lot easier. Simply plug a SoloPRO into your enterprise and enjoy all the protection your business demands without conceding simplicity, speed, security, or cost.
Compliance Made Simple
Alleviate the struggles of regulatory compliance mandates such as HIPAA, EMR, or SOX while minimizing your business continuity factors such as RTO and RPO. Stop jumping through hoops, and let us implement the simplest, surest, and most cost effective disaster recovery solution available.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
With the ioSafe SoloPRO keeping your electronic patient electronic medical records safe and secure is painless. The SoloPRO gives you a complete EMR disaster protection plan in one box. Simply plug it in, backup up your data and your done.
Onsite Data Vault
We created the ioSafe SoloPRO to give you all the disaster protection offsite solutions like Tape and Online backup afford with all the performance and convenience of keeping your data onsite. With the SoloPRO inconvenience and poor RTP/RPO are a thing of the past.
Minimize RTO/RPO
With the ioSafe SoloPRO your data is protected locally and is immediately accessible. Storing your data offsite or online may seem like a great idea until you realize that your tapes are corrupted or your data will take weeks to download. The SoloPRO gives you the shortest RTO/RPO possible while giving you the level of data protection you demand.
Remote/ Branch Office Protection
Protecting your enterprise's data can be a tall order - especially when your data is spread out across multiple offices in multiple regions. But with the ioSafe SoloPRO, protecting your remote offices and your locally stored business data is easy and affordable.
Business Continuity
Successful business continuity is a game of preparation. In the aftermath of a disaster there's no time for decisions, only time for acting on the decisions that should have already been made. Data protection is central to a successful business continuity plan and the ioSafe SoloPRO is designed to give you the protection, reliability, speed, and fast and simple recovery you need before, during, and after a disaster.


SoloPRO Tech Specs

Single 3.5" SATA drive 1
Quiet forced air cooling
Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows
Microsoft Windows Server & Linux
USB 3.0 Interface
1 3TB and higher capacity support limited to Windows 7 onward, Windows Server 2008 onward, Linux and Mac.

Disaster and Security Specifications

Protects Data From Fire: DataCastTM Technology. 1550°F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119 with no data loss.
Protects Data From Flood: HydroSafeTM Technology. Full immersion, 10 ft. 3 days with no data loss.
Proven data protection and recovery
Tested per UL, FCC and CE Standards
Physical theft protection
Cable lock or floor mount
Kennsington® Lock Compatible

Support

1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRS) Standard (3 and 5 year plans available)
1 Year manufacturer's warranty for defects Standard (3 year and 5 year extensions available with purchase of DRS upgrade)
Up to $5000/TB for forensic recovery service
Advanced Replacement included for warranty/DRS exchanges
Expedited shipping for DRS support

Inside The Box

ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive
USB Cable
Power Supply
Owners Manual and Warranty

Electrical

Electrical — AC input
Voltage: 80 ~ 264 VAC at 50/60 HZ
Typical Power Consumption: < 25W
System Requirements

Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz-compatible or Mac G3 processor & greater
USB supported for Microsoft Windows XP onward, Mac OS X onward and Linux based NAS devices 1
Support for Windows Server or Linux Server systems
For USB 3.0 speeds, the system must support applicable specifications
1 3TB and higher capacity support limited to Windows 7 onward, Windows Server 2008 onward, Linux and Mac.

Operating Environment

Operating: 0-35° C (95°F)
Non-operating: 0-1550°F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119
Operating Humidity: 20% - 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full water immersion, 10 feet, 3 days

Physical

Size: 5.0"W x 7.1"H x 11.0"L
Weight: 15 lbs
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Stock code IBIO-SM4-1
Brand ioSafe
Series SoloPRO
Model SM4TB1yr
Type Fireproof & Waterproof USB 3.0 External Drive + 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DR...
ROHS Y
Date added 04/08/2016

SM4TB1yr Spec Information

Capacity 4TB
Form Factor / Drive Height 5.0"W x 7.1"H x 11.0"L

Software

SM4TB1yr Speed

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 8.8kg
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ioSafe SoloPRO SM4TB1yr Fireproof & Waterproof USB 3.0 External Drive + 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRSPro) 4TB
ioSafe SoloPRO SM4TB1yr Fireproof & Waterproof USB 3.0 External Drive + 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRSPro) 4TB
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ioSafe SoloPRO SM4TB1yr Fireproof & Waterproof USB 3.0 External Drive + 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRSPro) 4TB


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ioSafe SoloPRO

With breakneck speed and improved connectivity and compatibility, the ioSafe SoloPRO gives you unparalleled data protection for your digital business or enterprise.

Simplicity just got supercharged.

The supercharged ioSafe SoloPRO is the fastest and most versatile fireproof waterproof hard drive we've ever made. Packed full of intense data protection technology and expanded connectivity and compatibility, the SoloPRO is the simplest and safest way to protect your critical business data.

Fireproof - Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
Waterproof - Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
Windows Server, Linux, Mac and PC Compatible
Pro Data Recovery Service - Up to $5000/TB for forensic recovery + Advanced Replacement warranty


SoloPRO Features

As versatile as it is secure

The SoloPRO gives you the ultimate in flexibility and compatibility in almost any business enviornment. Whether you are backing up multiple computers with multiple operating systems or your company server, the SoloPRO is built to fit your business.

AN AIRCRAFT BLACK BOX FOR YOUR DATA

Fireproof
Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
DataCast endothermic fire insulation technology protects your data from extreme heat. The DataCast formulation forms a chemical bond with water molecules that, at temperatures above 160° F, releases water vapor to limit the internal temperature of the unit during a fire.
 
Business-Class Compatibility
PC/Mac, Windows Server, Linux
With USB 3.0 connectivity, the ioSafe SoloPRO is built to work seamlessly with your Windows Server, Linux, or PC and Mac environments. Simply put, plugging an ioSafe into your business has never been easier.
 
Waterproof
Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
HydroSafe water barrier technology is designed to protect data loss from fresh or salt water damage, including full immersion. While keeping your data dry, the HydroSafe technology still allows heat to dissipate during normal operation.

USB 3.0
Data transfer up to 5Gb/s
With data transfer rates up to 5Gb/s, the SoloPRO combines internal drive performance and connectivity with the freedom of having external storage. The USB 3.0 interface provides plug and play connectivity to virtually any Mac or PC.
 
Data Recovery Service
1, 3, or 5 year plans available
The ultimate safety net for the ultimate hard drive, the ioSafe Data Recovery Service (DRS) provides a one time use, no questions asked data and hardware recovery service. For any loss, no matter the reason.
 
Active Airflow Cooling
For optimum operating temperature
FloSafe active airflow cooling technology provides cooling airflow through the enclosure and across the disk drives during normal operating conditions. If destructive heat levels are sensed, such as in a fire, the FloSafe vents limit and protect your data from the extreme heat.

Theftproof
Bolt down to any surface
With a built in Kensington security slot and anti-theft tab, securing the ioSafe SoloPRO to any surface is fast and simple and keeps your data protected in the event of a break in. Securing the drive also prevents the drive from moving during a disaster.

A PLUG AND PLAY DISASTER PLAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Protect Your Livelihood
Your data is the lifeblood of your business. With the ioSafe SoloPRO your invaluable business data - your databases, customer contacts, servers, and financials - are safe and secure 24/7/365. Focus on growing your business, and we'll focus on ensuring your digital assets are there when you need them.
Protect Your Data
Your business is defined by your data and protecting it isn't merely an option — it's a necessity. And with the ioSafe SoloPRO you can protect your computer hard drives and servers, invaluable business databases, performance metrics, financial data, or marketing and design content without sacrificing simplicity, speed, or cost.
PC and Laptop Backup
The reality is, most valuable business data is scattered across an array of unprotected individual employee PCs and laptops — not stored on company servers. Use the ioSafe SoloPRO to backup your company PCs and laptops and protect your business data locally where it's being created. With the SoloPRO your data is safe no matter where it's located.
Bare Metal Restore
When you backup your business to an ioSafe SoloPRO performing a bare metal restore of your data, servers, and computers after a disaster is easy and simple. The SoloPRO gives you the ability to backup complete system images of your computer hard drives, which means you can restore any backed up system with just a few simple clicks.
*Additional software that supports bare metal restore required

Simple Plug and Play
With USB 3.0 connectivity, getting the ioSafe SoloPRO up and running is as simple as plugging it in to any PC, laptop, or server.
Server Backup
With the ioSafe SoloPRO and USB 3.0 connectivity and full server compatibility never again will your servers be left vulnerable to data loss. Backup your data in real-time or at any interval you choose. Don't let other solutions like tape or online backup dictate your backup schedule and speed. With ioSafe you get the freedom you deserve and the protection your business demands.
Database Backup
With the ioSafe SoloPRO backing up your business computers and servers, never again will you have to worry about making sure your priceless databases are safe or secure. Safe are the irreplaceable customer contact lists, performance metrics, and extensive financial data. With the SoloPRO you get to spend your time building and learning from your data — not worrying about how to keep it safe or secure.
Supplement Online/Offsite Backup.
When you backup your business data with ioSafe SoloPRO never again will you have to wait weeks or months trying to backup your data online or have to subject your data to potential loss or corruption by using offsite tape vaulting. With ioSafe you data is backed up onsite, in real-time, and protected from digital, hardware, or natural disasters. No longer will you have to sacrifice cost, speed, or convenience for the sake of protecting your business.
Theft Protection
With the ioSafe SoloPRO's built in Kensington Security lock and the ability to be bolted down to any surface you'll never have to worry about your data walking out the front door in the event of a break in or robbery.

PROTECTING YOUR ENTERPRISE JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER

Protection Your Business Demands
Every day your enterprise relies on a vastly dispersed, invaluable collection of data. And every day IT managers struggle to protect this ever-moving ever-changing data. With the ioSafe SoloPRO protecting your enterprise just got a whole lot easier. Simply plug a SoloPRO into your enterprise and enjoy all the protection your business demands without conceding simplicity, speed, security, or cost.
Compliance Made Simple
Alleviate the struggles of regulatory compliance mandates such as HIPAA, EMR, or SOX while minimizing your business continuity factors such as RTO and RPO. Stop jumping through hoops, and let us implement the simplest, surest, and most cost effective disaster recovery solution available.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
With the ioSafe SoloPRO keeping your electronic patient electronic medical records safe and secure is painless. The SoloPRO gives you a complete EMR disaster protection plan in one box. Simply plug it in, backup up your data and your done.
Onsite Data Vault
We created the ioSafe SoloPRO to give you all the disaster protection offsite solutions like Tape and Online backup afford with all the performance and convenience of keeping your data onsite. With the SoloPRO inconvenience and poor RTP/RPO are a thing of the past.
Minimize RTO/RPO
With the ioSafe SoloPRO your data is protected locally and is immediately accessible. Storing your data offsite or online may seem like a great idea until you realize that your tapes are corrupted or your data will take weeks to download. The SoloPRO gives you the shortest RTO/RPO possible while giving you the level of data protection you demand.
Remote/ Branch Office Protection
Protecting your enterprise's data can be a tall order - especially when your data is spread out across multiple offices in multiple regions. But with the ioSafe SoloPRO, protecting your remote offices and your locally stored business data is easy and affordable.
Business Continuity
Successful business continuity is a game of preparation. In the aftermath of a disaster there's no time for decisions, only time for acting on the decisions that should have already been made. Data protection is central to a successful business continuity plan and the ioSafe SoloPRO is designed to give you the protection, reliability, speed, and fast and simple recovery you need before, during, and after a disaster.


SoloPRO Tech Specs

Single 3.5" SATA drive 1
Quiet forced air cooling
Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows
Microsoft Windows Server & Linux
USB 3.0 Interface
1 3TB and higher capacity support limited to Windows 7 onward, Windows Server 2008 onward, Linux and Mac.

Disaster and Security Specifications

Protects Data From Fire: DataCastTM Technology. 1550°F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119 with no data loss.
Protects Data From Flood: HydroSafeTM Technology. Full immersion, 10 ft. 3 days with no data loss.
Proven data protection and recovery
Tested per UL, FCC and CE Standards
Physical theft protection
Cable lock or floor mount
Kennsington® Lock Compatible

Support

1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRS) Standard (3 and 5 year plans available)
1 Year manufacturer's warranty for defects Standard (3 year and 5 year extensions available with purchase of DRS upgrade)
Up to $5000/TB for forensic recovery service
Advanced Replacement included for warranty/DRS exchanges
Expedited shipping for DRS support

Inside The Box

ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive
USB Cable
Power Supply
Owners Manual and Warranty

Electrical


Electrical — AC input
Voltage: 80 ~ 264 VAC at 50/60 HZ
Typical Power Consumption: < 25W
System Requirements

Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz-compatible or Mac G3 processor & greater
USB supported for Microsoft Windows XP onward, Mac OS X onward and Linux based NAS devices 1
Support for Windows Server or Linux Server systems
For USB 3.0 speeds, the system must support applicable specifications
1 3TB and higher capacity support limited to Windows 7 onward, Windows Server 2008 onward, Linux and Mac.

Operating Environment

Operating: 0-35° C (95°F)
Non-operating: 0-1550°F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119
Operating Humidity: 20% - 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full water immersion, 10 feet, 3 days

Physical

Size: 5.0"W x 7.1"H x 11.0"L
Weight: 15 lbs
Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this ioSafe SoloPRO 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 SM4TB1yr 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 IBIO-SM4-1
Brand ioSafe
Series SoloPRO
Model SM4TB1yr
Type Fireproof & Waterproof USB 3.0 External Drive + 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DR...
ROHS Y
Date added 04/08/2016

SM4TB1yr Spec Information

Capacity 4TB
Form Factor / Drive Height 5.0"W x 7.1"H x 11.0"L

Software

SM4TB1yr Speed

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 8.8kg
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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

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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


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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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