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5+ Drive Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Systems

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Network attached storage (NAS) devices are designed to create easily expandable and secure data storage devices. They usually feature multiple drives, RAID protection options and hot-swap capabilities for reducing down time should drive failure occur. Software-powered features vary depending on the operating system included, and the processor and memory onboard, but may include automated backups, remote access, VPN, encryption, snapshots and advanced RAID configurations. Some units may allow expansion via connection of an additional drive enclosure.

These NAS devices are desktop units designed to hold either 5, 6, 8, 12 or 16 drives. Fully populated units allow RAID levels of 0, 1, 5, 6 , 10, 50 and 60 on to be configured on most models. Scan recommends using NAS-optimised hard disk drives (HDDs) in these enclosures as in systems of 4 drive for more the lateral vibration generated from multiple drives spinning can reduce lifespan in standard HDDs.

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