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Thecus N4200 Zero Crash review

Thecus’ new N4200 Zero Crash aims to be the most reliable small and medium-sized business (SMB) NAS appliance on the market. In this review we see whether it lives up to its claims.

The N4200 also supports iSCSI targets and you must decide during volume creation how much space you want kept aside for these. Targets are simple enough to create as you decide on the amount of space, provide a name which is to be appended to the IQN and enable it.

Backup features are reasonable as although Thecus still includes the hopelessly inadequate Backup Utility you now get the far superior FarStone DriveClone Pro included. This secures selected files and folders on workstations at scheduled intervals, has a snapshot service for disaster recovery and offers drive and partition cloning as well.

The DOMs have their own backup facilities and the appliance defaults to automatically copying the contents of the primary module to the secondary one once a day and will keep up to five versions. If the primary DOM fails, the secondary will be used to boot the appliance and it will also attempt to copy its contents across to restore the primary module.

The Li-ion BBM comes as standard and slips into a slot at the rear of the appliance. You can ignore the slot above this bay as although the motherboard has a PCI-Express slot available no expansion cards are currently supported by the N4200.

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