Replacing a healthy hard drive in a QNAP NAS

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Yesterday, one of my NAS devices emailed me, informing me that one of its drives had failed. I have two “entry level” 2-bay QNAP NASes, both with two disks in a redundant RAID1 setup. They’re set up to synchronise over the internet daily, so my files are stored safely in two physical locations. This way, all of my important data is stored on a total of four hard drives. Or rather – at the moment – three.

Both the drives in my TS-210 were getting old, so it wasn’t really a surprise that one of them acted up. After I got the email, I logged into the NAS’s admin interface and rebooted it. Sure enough, the second drive re-appeared, and seemed fine. But I wanted to replace it anyway. With the help of QNAP’s excellent support forum, I found the correct way to replace a “suspect” drive that appears to work properly. It involves just a couple of steps,and they’re all very easy to do.
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Roy | March 5, 2015 | English,Gadgets | Comments (5)
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Ouch, Journalspace gives up, domain for sale on eBay

As much as I love WordPress, I am also a firm believer in competitive business. But that’s not why the news of Journalspace’s demise is so painful. It’s the ‘how’. Apparently, a RAID setup was their only data backup they had in place, and that doesn’t protect you from some types of threat. Most notably disgruntled former employees… Data gone. Blogs up in smoke. Ouch.

They’re selling off the domain names and trademark to cover costs, so chances are a new site will eventually emerge.

P.S. The Google ads on that page promote backup solutions… double ouch.