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Rebooting a back-up device from Crown Computers

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“Can you unplug the back- up device?”, is a question all too commonly heard around the Crown office.

I am going to clarify what exactly this means and how-to.

What is a back-up device? In information technology, a back-up or the process of backing up refers to making copies of data so that these original copies can be used to restore the original data in the event that you lose the data. Crown utilizes two brands, Iomega and Buffalo.

NAS means Network Attached Storage. So Iomega and Buffalo offer NAS devices.

For the techies out there, here are some general specs for the NAS devices we recommend.

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Iomgea NAS back-up device

Lenovo Iomega

  • Desktop, compact form factor
  • Marvell 6282 CPU at 1.6 GHz with 256MB RAM
  • 2x3.5” Hot-Swap SATA-II Hard Disk Drives
  • RAID 1,0, JBOD
  • 1 x RJ45 10/100/1000Mbps (GbE) Ethernet ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 ports (to connect external HDD, UPS, Bluetooth dongle)
  • AC Voltage 100-240 VAC

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Buffalo NAS back-up device

Buffalo Linkstation

  • Number of drives 1,2
  • 1-6 TB
  • 41.5MB/s
  • 600 MHz Single Issue RAM
  • 64 MB DDR2

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Keep in mind we use variations of these products. Sometimes it is the Linkstation Pro or Linkstation 400. It all depends on the needs of the client. Which we calculate in our assessment of your network.

So what does unplugging the back-up device do exactly?

As we sometimes encounter with all our technological devices, hiccups do occur and we need to reboot.

Our overnight computer engineer gets daily reports of the NAS devices that become offline.
That is when one of our staff members will contact you and ask you to reboot.
It will require you to locate the NAS device which will be in your “server room”.

Backside of Iomgea NAS back-up device Backside of Buffalo NAS back-up device

Here are some pictures of what to look for:

Located on the back of the device is a power cord.

Unplug this for 1 minute then plug back in.

You will see all the lights appear again and flicker.

And voila! That is how you reboot your NAS device!

 

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