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The Predictable Evolution of the NAS: QNAP TS-451D2 is the Latest 4 Bay Unit from QNAP and Perfect for Beginners

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: The Predictable Evolution of the NAS: QNAP TS-451D2 is the Latest 4 Bay Unit...As the year 2020 crawls to a close we have seen the big shift to working from home with the need to be able to continuously back up our work also growing.

A Networked Attached Storage unit (NAS) is the ultimate guardian of your valuable data: able to give you 24/7 access to your Personal Cloud, under your full control with great redundancy and able to back up continuously.
Plus all the other facilities it can provide like serving up all your media.

So let’s look today at the technical aspects of the QNAP TS-451D2 which has just been released here in Australia.

Seagate IronWolf 16TB HDD– the Heart of our new NAS Testbed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Seagate IronWolf 16TB HDD– the Heart of our new NAS Testbed 

Recently we tested and reviewed a pair of Seagate Skyhawk hard drives specifically created for Surveillance NAS units.

This time around – courtesy again from Seagate – we’re putting their latest IronWolf HDDs to the test: a couple of 16TB heavy duty general purpose drives to be the heart of our Synology DS420+ NAS.

We won’t bore you with too many specs but if you come away with a deeper appreciation of the technology that you trust your precious data to, I consider my job done.

So come along for the drive... :)

The First External SSD You Need to Feel: Western Digital’s Smallest, Biggest, Smartest, Handsomest, Handiest SSD in the My Passport Range.

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

 Read more: The First External SSD You Need to Feel: Western Digital’s Smallest, Biggest,...

That probably is the most over-the-top and contradicting headline I’ve written in my 18 years at DigitalReviews.net.
Yet, what WD is launching at the moment is arguably the best SSD professionals and people on the go (even in lockdown situations!) can get their hands on.

And here’s why.

QNAP TS-230 NAS – A Quick Review of the New Entry Level NAS

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

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If you browse our reviews of NAS units, from small to enterprise level, from QNAP, Synology or any other vendor, one thing stands out: they are all in my favourite “colour” black...

Not so the new QNAP TS-230.

It has a light blue-ish (like baby blue) tint over the whole box which I wasn’t sure I’d like. But I’ve taken a liking to it as will many new users dipping their toes into the daunting NAS world.

So, has QNAP managed to make the entry level unit not only more affordable but also easier to use for newbies?

Let’s find out.

Synology and the Art of Surveillance – We Review the DS1019+ as a Surveillance Station Part 3

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Synology and the Art of Surveillance – We Review the DS1019+ as a Surveillance... 

Here’s the last in a trio of reviews of building a Surveillance Station based on some top components.

We started out with some super HDDs from Seagate that are optimised for surveillance jobs. See our review here

Next came some top cameras from D-Link

Finally, we have a look at the Synology DS1019+ platform with their Surveillance Station app.

SEAGATE 14TB Skyhawk Surveillance Drives – the Back Story

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: SEAGATE 14TB Skyhawk Surveillance Drives – the Back StoryWhat’s the most critical component of any computer system?

Right: the drive that contains YOUR data!
And yet we give so little attention to which company we entrust our digital life to and to preserve it.

I’ve had countless hard drives and SSDs fail in working with computers for more than 40 years.
So, let’s have a look into an amazing piece of technology, courtesy of Seagate, as we are building and testing a Surveillance Station based on a Synology NAS.

Drobo 8D – A Mini Review for a Maxi Direct Storage Solution

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Drobo 8D – A Mini Review for a Maxi Direct Storage Solution

Sometimes simplicity is THE secret sauce for a storage solution.

Regular readers of this site will have seen our previous Drobo reviews – both network and direct attached storage models which we rated very highly for their user friendliness and apparent simplicity. I say “apparent” as the magic to make the Drobos so user friendly is anything but simple.

So today we have a short review of a DAS unit with a gigantic storage capacity: the Drobo 8D.
Eight bays that you can fill up with the highest capacity hard drives you can afford.
Let’s have a look at some of the features.

Synology C2 - Everyday Data Protection

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Synology C2 - Everyday Data ProtectionNew hardware is released every few months like clockwork. To this end there is almost a lack of relevancy to hardware specifications anymore, the fight has moved to functionality and user experience.

Synology has focused a lot of effort on their OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM). Over the years, there has been a steady flow of improvements and increase of ecosystem to extend the base functionality.

Synology has been kind enough to provide a DS218+ for review. Instead of the usual hardware focus, DigitalReviews is looking at some specific data protection with Hyper Backup in DSM.

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