QNAP TS-459U-RP Turbo NAS Reviewhardnrg - July 22, 2010
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Are you still with me? You trooper! You'll be relieved to hear that the remaining pages of configuration are much shorter, as each associated section in the WebUI of the NAS is much smaller. The first of these small sections is Backup, wherein you can configure a backup to an external storage device.
As well as initiating a backup operation manually, you can choose to have the backup run on a predefined schedule, or whenever the external storage device is connected. The backup mode can be set up to Copy the data over, or Synchronise the data to, the external device (forces over-writes, and deletes extraneous files on the external drive).
Backing up to an External Drive sounds like a convenient feature, but the options just described are still somewhat complicated for a straightforward copy/synchronise operation. The USB One Touch Copy function allow you to initiate a backup, to the NAS from a USB drive plugged in at the front, by pressing the One Touch Copy button on the front of the NAS. This means that you would not need to use a computer to initiate a backup of a USB drive.
You can also configure the button to backup files from the NAS to the external drive.
For more serious or regular backups, you would want to create a backup at a remote location. This could either be a remote server of the same NAS series, or the online backup service provided by Amazon.
The last section in Backup is Time Machine, and allows Mac computers to make backups to the NAS. You can enable Time Machine support here, create a password, and reserve disk space for the Time Machine backups.
I will show the Time Machine functionality from the Mac OS perspective later in this review (Testing: Features), so for now, just understand that a Time Machine backup from Mac OSX has taken place, and the resulting backup appears in the Manage Backup list.