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How to Protect your NAS Devices from Data Loss

How to Protect your NAS Devices from Data Loss

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Network-attached storage, or NAS, is storage option that integrates scattered sources of data into a centralized data management system. NAS is distinct from other storage methods because it is a file-level data storage server that is connected to a network. Compared to other methods, its cost-effective, flexible, and allows users to access their data from different locations.

What are the benefits of NAS devices?

There are multiple reasons that an increasing number of business and personal users choose NAS devices as their storage strategy of choice. If working with a team, NAS lets multiple users access large amounts of data from multiple remote locations. It’s also a particularly useful strategy for protecting data from loss due to disaster. Natural disasters, fires, and other catastrophes can’t damage data that is stored in a location different from the disaster. NAS can be connected to the cloud or connected through its own cable. NAS devices are fast and reliable. Even the high capacity NAS devices are reasonably priced. Highly coveted privacy and security is also easier to ensure with NAS. Only users with security protocols can access data.

Protecting your NAS Device

NAS devices have multiple benefits. They’re an optimal option for individual users as well as small to medium businesses. NAS devices, however, are not immune to data loss. Human error, mechanical error, overheating, and power failure are among the more likely causes of NAS data loss. Here are 3 strategies to maintain your NAS device and the data it maintains:

1) It’s relatively easy to expand the capacity of a NAS device. Unfortunately, it’s also fairly easy to make errors in the expansion process. Don’t assume backups are both complete and functional. It’s not enough to see a backup was done. Make sure the backup is comprehensive and accessible.

2) NAS systems often setup with a RAID configuration. RAID-0 is a tempting choice because it offers faster data access. It also has less data security compared to better setup choice, RAID-5.

3) Lock down access rights to the NAS device as much as possible. Only users who need access should have it. Data is often deleted by one user because they don’t realize another user might need it. Limiting the number of users can decrease a wide range of vulnerabilities

While NAS systems are notably reliable, data loss is always a possibility. Attempting to recovery your own data following a loss can cause more damage. Submit an Online Help form or call 1-800-388-1266.

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