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MicroNet MaxNAS 2.5TB Server Review

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The MaxNAS comes from the factory with five hard drives as part of the package. As we saw on the previous page, the drives are packaged separately and must be installed in the unit by the user. The door to the drive bays can be opened by pressing on the center of the left edge to release the catch and the door will swing open with the hinges on the right side. Looking in the interior you can see the SATA backplane in the rear of the unit with the drive rails running along either side of the bays. The use of the backplane makes the drives hot swappable, meaning they can be removed and replaced without powering down the unit.

MicroNet has made installation as painless as possible by shipping the drives already mounted in the drive trays. All the user has to do is open the latch on the tray and gently slide each tray into its respective slot and make sure it is firmly seated onto the backplane. Doing so will cause the latch to close most of the way and you want to make sure to remember to close each latch the rest of the way to secure it firmly in the bay. That's all there is to it! Total time to remove the drives from the anti-static bags and install them takes no more than a couple of minutes, even if you've never done this before. The drives come from the factory preconfigured as a RAID 5 array but you needn't worry about the order in which you insert them.


















Once you have the drives installed in the enclosure, all that is left is to connect the power cord to the rear of the unit and connect it to yout network using one of the included Ethernet cables. MicroNet includes a Quick Installation Guide on the setup CD and also covers the installation process in a section in the user manual.

Next, it's time to look at the management UI and the other configuration options offered.

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