I had one of those dreaded experiences of data loss recently. I was backing up data off of a HDD that was starting to fail over to an external drive and happened to catch my foot in the cord of the HDD dock I was using. Needless to say, the drive went flying and hit the ground, causing it to fail instantly. I am sure recovery would be possible since it was the HDD motor that jammed and failed, however, the average person can't afford thousands of dollars to have their data recovered by one of the companies that specializes in it.
The worst part about it was the drive has been sitting on my desk for several months, so I don’t even remember everything that was on it. I have a backup of some of the information, but there is no way to tell what data was lost. For months, I have been looking into a centralized, safe location to store my data. A NAS device is that perfect solution for me so that I can backup data from all of my devices, as well as access some of that data, such as family pictures, on the fly.
The Thecus N2310 NAS device is a great addition to any home network. With the Thecus N2310 you get a level of business class features, but at a consumer friendly price. The N2310 supports two hard drives up to 4TB in size, with configurations for JBOD, RAID 0, or RAID 1. The simplicity of automatic setup through the Thecus Intelligent NAS utility, also means that you don't have to be a tech genius to set it up. The N2310 features active cooling to ensure your installed drives stay cool, and for connectivity you have a USB 2.0, USB 3.0 port, and Gigabit LAN. The USB ports can be used to back up external hard drives, cameras, or even burn copies of your data from the NAS to DVD. In addition, the Thecus N2310 NAS device comes loaded with Thecus OS 6 so that you can run applications on it for media streaming, photo galleries, BitTorrent, and mobile control. There are many services built right into the NAS, such as the FTP server, web based file access, and an access control list (ACL). They even include free DDNS service through the Thecus website so that you can build your own personal cloud.