Backing up network attached storage devices (NAS) is becoming more popular lately as devices have become cheaper and it is getting easier to create an own personal cloud storage solution. It would be crazy if one had a couple of terabytes on a NAS but didn’t back that up.
Backing Up Network Attached (Mapped) Drives
As you can imagine backing up terabytes of data can be very expensive. You could say, well, I’m going to sign up for an unlimited online backup service and that’s it, right? Unfortunately, the majority of unlimited online backup services do not allow you to backup a NAS.
The main reason being that they cannot control the amount of data that is being backed up and thus would flush their business model down the drain. Network attached storage devices could potentially be expanded infinitely by putting in more hard drives and that would add up tremendously to the overall cost the backup service has to calculate for each user.
There are, however, some services that offer NAS consumer backups.
Those services use Amazon Glacier as an infrastructure which makes storage and archival very cheap with the only downside that you have to wait a couple of hours until you can download your data after a hard drive failure. If you don’t need unlimited backup then you’re better off because there are a lot of services that will include backing up NAS drives on a limited plan.
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