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NAS Drive Failure: How I Dodged a Bullet

As you might imagine, I have a number of computers and related devices. For the last three and a half years, one of them has been a NetGear ReadyNAS branded NAS – Network Attached Storage.

It’s turned off now. I finished replacing it the other day, and I want to share why, some of the mistakes I made, some of the mistakes I didn’t make, and what I replaced it with.

And yes, how I dodged a bullet: a data loss bullet that had my name written all over it.

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Footnotes & references

1: Also “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”.
2: For those who care: a PC running Linux Mint, though it would work just as well running Windows. It also does run Windows – in a virtual machine – for some other purposes. Ironically, the NAS was also running a variant of Linux internally.
3: I realize that’s a risky statement. What’s obvious to me may not be obvious to the less experienced. But registry settings shouldn’t be the first thing you think of when a key on your keyboard stops working either. 🙂
4: The risk was that something else could die while the NAS was broken. Then I could have been in a world of hurt.