asustor-as5002tI’ve often written about Network Attached Storage and I typically give you information on something geared towards a small business. Today I’m first going to tell you about an option that is good for a home office. It is the Asustor AS5002T (shown at right) and it only contains two drive bays. Obviously this provides less storage space and fewer RAID options. Typically you’d set up the two disks to mirror each other so that either could fail without any loss of data. The base system costs just over $300 at Amazon without hard drives that you purchase separately.

What hard drives should you use? There are hundreds (probably thousands) from which you can choose. If I were populating one of these NAS servers, I’d probably go with the Western Digital Red Pro 2TB drives which currently sells for around $135 each at Amazon. If you’d prefer something a little less expensive, Western Digital Red 2TB drives aren’t as fast but sell for only around $89 each at Amazon.

For those who want more drive bays, look to the Asustor AS5004T which has four drive bays and sells for just over $400 on Amazon (without drives). Of course you can go really big and get the Asustor AS5110T (shown below) which has ten drive bays and sells for around $969 on Amazon (without drives). More drive bays allows for more storage space and more RAID options to prevent data loss.

Asustor AS5110T Network Attached Storage

Got info on an early Black Friday deal from Amazon. They are offering the Fire HD 10 tablet for $30 off the regular $229.99 price. That means you can get this 10″ tablet for $199.99 through November 21, 2015.

If you are looking for a good sized screen for reading Kindle books and watching video, this might be the perfect tablet for you. It doesn’t have a screen with the resolution of the top 10 inch tablets on the market, but you certainly can’t beat the price especially with this Black Friday deal.

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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