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Newest Member Of The Ridout Family – The Nas-Box

So here it is in all it’s wonderful glory. The worlds finest Network Attached Server. I contacted Paul the President of Kawartha Computer Clinic in regards to helping me with my storage concerns. Paul built the main computer here at Ridout Photography and was able to come up with a storage solution for my huge inventory of images. Introducing the 5 Terabyte NAS-Box™  Network Attached Storage System .

Providing a massive 5 TB of data storage, the NAS-Boxâ„¢ connects to your network quickly and easily.
The NAS-Boxâ„¢ utilizes RAID hard disk array technology to safely store your important data, photos, videos etc.
NAS-Boxâ„¢ Network Attached Storage devices offer the high performance you need for demanding data storage applications. A blazing fast gigabit Ethernet connection interfaces the NAS-Boxâ„¢ to your network and provides maximum data transfer rates to and from the unit.

The NAS-Box™ is infinitely expandable by simply adding more hard drives or storage units.  Never run out of space again.

For more information on this system or computer service and repair, sales, upgrades, internet service or support Email Paul Langham at Kawartha Computer Clinic:  Kawartha Computer Clinic

These are actual images I took of the system last week at his shop here in Lindsay 🙂 Isn’t she a beautiful baby!

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Yiannis - Mark
I admire every bit of your work as everyone else here and i also feel your concern about your storage solution for your valuable data (and ours since we like to see them).
NAS definitely looks simple and like a dream and Drobo solutions as well.
But here is the fact.
None of them are going to protect your data (beyond any reasonable doudt)and you’re going to find that out under the most painful situation. A hard drive failure.
NAS and Drobo have handicaps that you dont want to experience (i did with both). Do a research (you probably did asking about Norton Gost).
NAS some times looses the primary data after wrong user procedure and by itself and Drobo looses it if you dont pay attention to the Leds in front.
So here is my personal advise:
Build your operating system and programs in a dedicated drive i.e. (C)
Buy the extremely powerful and useful software called Acronis True Image Workstation (not the home edition) along with the Acronis Universal Restore (it can restore your system in a completely different hardware!!!)
Have DOUBLE Storage Drives and have Acronis Scheduled to Backup them or manually do it yourself.
I bet (if you have the time for research and experiment you will find that the most reliable solution of all.
Best of wishes

Manuel Perez - Mark,

I agree with what Mark said about backing up the backups. I always believe it to be wise to have an offsite backup. If you could setup the same NAS at an offsite location then you would be set. Someway so that if the building burns down and your NAS is still in it you wont be sorry. Be wise and always think about the things that could happen. Great work!

Mark Ridout - Mac? ok you are on drugs 🙂

jeff - Looks good! My only concern is that you’re still using a PC! Don’t you watch the commercials… Once you’ve gone mac, you’ll never look back

mark - Nice system Mark…question: So what are you using to back up the backups? Hard drives fail, not if, but when. How about a four or six slot tape autoloader using something like Symantec’s Backup Exec for Windows Servers software or CommVault’s Galaxy software with the backup hardware… good stuff.

Make sure you back up the backups.

Best regards,

Mark Harris

Adam - Nice system you got there. Also make a note about the Drobo (drobo.com). TWIP (This Week in Photography) is sponsored by Drobo and the photographers on that show use the product and think it is great. It is essentially the same thing, but smaller and more compact. Shops like NCIX.com have the Drobo at a fair price (and with NCIX being in B.C., we don’t pay PST on orders from them, and their shipping is the same cost as if coming from T.O.).

Raychelle - 5 TB?! Seriously…blows my mind. Sweet new tech gear!

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